Watch local artisans demonstrate their craft and enjoy FREE family activities at Explore Park on select Saturdays in 2022! Love what you see? All featured craftspeople will have their works on display and for sale during the event from 10 AM to 3 PM at Explore Park!
2022 Event Dates:
Raku Pottery Firing Demo (Rescheduled from May 14th Event)
Roanoke County Public Library will present bubble art and rock painting
Artisan Demos (see list below)
Call the Visitor Center at 540-427-1800 for more information!
Raku Firing Demonstrations - June 11th
The Blue Ridge Potters Guild will have Raku Firing demonstrations at the June 11th Artisan Saturday at Explore Park. This process involves firing pieces in a raku kiln, removing them from the kiln at 1800 degrees and then placing them into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials are ignited, the container is closed and the potters wait until the pieces cool down.
The process results in many interesting designs including cracked glaze surfaces, black smoked unglazed clay or metallic effects. See some samples of Raku pottery below!