Raku Firing in Montclair

Raku firing is a unique and distinct process, and you can learn all about the technique at the upcoming workshop at the Montclair Art Museum.

Learn the process of Raku Firing.

Raku Pottery
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The Montclair Art Museum, located on South Mountain Avenue, is a place for people of all ages. The museum hosts events throughout the year for many different groups of people, and there are great things to see throughout the summer! If you enjoy ceramics and pottery, this next workshop at the Montclair Art Museum might just be for you! This workshop will incorporate post-fire reduction known as Raku. This Raku workshop will be held on Sunday, Aug. 16.

According to the Montclair Art Museum’s website, montclairartmuseum.com, “This workshop will explore the concept of post-fire reduction known as Raku. Led by MAM Ceramics Studio Manager Steve Jaskowak, students will explore techniques such as traditional Raku, tinfoil sagger, horsehair embellishment and slip resist.  Students are  to bring bisquefired pieces to glaze and fire during the workshop. Contact Steve at sjaskowak@ montclairartmuseum.org with questions.”

Admission to the portrait workshop is $120 or $100 for members. The Raku Firing program takes place at the Montclair Art Museum, which is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair and is open on Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is closed in observance of holidays, so be sure to check out the website for any closings before you make your summer holiday plans.

Entry to the Montclair Art Museum is $12 for nonmember adults, $10 for seniors over 65 and students with ID, free for members and free for children under 12.

The Montclair Art Museum also has art studio space that can be rented out for parties and other events. In addition, the third floor has a gallery, family learning lab and digital media lab. The lower level also has a children’s arcade gallery and art school arcade gallery where the art made from those who have visited the museum hang on the wall.

The museum brings together an assortment of different art galleries to show the wide range of art across different centuries. With a combination of modern and contemporary Art, eighteenth and nineteenth Century American Art and Native American art, the museum houses pieces by George McNeil, Jack Whitten, Edward Middleton Manigault and Van Dearing Perrine.

The Montclair Art Museum may not be as large as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, but the art that is displayed in this museum offers just as much insight into art culture. Be sure to take advantage of this staple of culture in Montclair this summer!

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