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Flathead Celebrates Ceramics   
February 3 through March 12, 2005

Coiled Ceramic Bowl, by Sue Abbrescia
Coiled Ceramic Bowl, Underglaze, Low Fire
by Sue Abbrescia

A Juried Exhibition of Ceramic Works

Flathead Celebrates Ceramics represents the work of both exciting up-and-coming and well-established ceramic artists from the Flathead Valley and beyond. Featuring works by Sue Abbrescia, Charles Davis, Tom Gilfillan, Cleo Gorton, Betsey Hurd, Gale Marguerite, Robert Markle, Kip Oberton, Ted Ramon, Kitty Rich, Sue Ricklefs, Corbin Ross, Cheryl Ross Ellingson, Brian Rumage, Sherry Wells, and Jeff Wilson, the exhibit displays a wide variety of works, and shows ceramics as not only functional pieces, but quality art as well. 

Opening Reception and Raku Firing Demonstration at the Hockaday Museum of Art -- February 10, 2005

Raku firing demonstration at Hockaday Museum
Members and guests gather around a portable kiln, set up on the Hockday's lawn.
Ceramic Artists Robert Markle & Charlie Davis
Master ceramicists Robert Markle (L) and Charles Davis (R) await completion of their first Raku firing during the evening's festivities.
Raku Pottery in Progress
The next glaze-coated vessel.
Raku firing demonstration at Hockaday Museum
The time has come! Charlie removes the first vessel from its 1750 Degree (F) oven.
Charlie Davis Raku firing demonstration at Hockaday Museum
The surface will be artfully altered by the papers and oil in Charlie's cooling canister.
Raku firing demonstration at Hockaday Museum
Linda Engh-Grady, Executive Director of the Hockaday, 
steps outside to watch Bob 
and Charlie start another Raku  
firing on the second vessel.
Charlie Davis Raku firing demonstration at Hockaday Museum
Not much more than an hour later, the second vessel is ready to come out of the kiln.
It is red-hot and translucent.
Charlie Davis Raku firing demonstration at Hockaday Museum
Charlie works his wizardry
on the second vessel.
Much of the fun in Raku pottery is the speed and spontaneity of the process.
Raku firing demonstration at Hockaday Museum
The first vessel is removed from the cooling canister.

Raku firing demonstration at Hockaday Museum
The spectators watch with
wonder at the transformation
of a pastel ball of clay into ...

Charlie Davis Raku firing demonstration at Hockaday Museum
...a work of art, 
but it still needs additional labor to fully express the aesthetics of  it's creator.
Raku pottery by Charlie Davis
The copper glaze is partially oxidized by the Raku process.
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