SUMMIT, NJ - The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey's popular 'Raku-Fest', featuring the ancient art of Raku firing that was first developed in Japan centuries ago, will be held June 3 - 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Raku firing uses special glazes and firing techniques to produce metallic and crazed finishes. The event is open to the public and will be taught by expert ceramicist Peter Syak, assisted by Lisetter Bedoya, both of whom are regular instructors at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey.

Part of the appeal of Raku is that the entire process can be completed so quickly. “It takes just two hours from glazing to amazing,” says Libby Clarke, Director of the Studio School at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. “It’s the same time-commitment as watching a movie.”

For beginners, pre-made pieces of bisque pottery will be available: small pots for $55, plates for $20 and jewelry pieces for $10. Participants can then glaze and fire them, and take them home the same day.

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In addition, the Art Center is offering a 'Potters Special', beginning at 8 a.m., for ceramicists with their own pots. Attendees can bring up to three pieces of their own small bisqueware, glaze and fire them for $20 each. To reserve a place at the event, call 908-273-9121.

For more information visit artcenternj.org.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street.