March – April Workshops at the Cultural Arts Center

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Red Hot Raku

Raku firing’s unpredictability and intense process have allotted for it’s popularity over the years. Western rake firing is a procedure in which work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-fire reduction. Instructed by well-known Columbus artists Sandy Lang and Walter Weil.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

12:30 – 5:30 PM


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Blacksmithing 101

A hands-on workshop directed for beginners only, Blacksmithing 101 will teach students basic forging techniques such as building and controlling a coke fire and how to use a gas forge. Participants will make several pieces during the workshop. Instructor Paul Ailing has been blacksmithing for over 30 years.

Saturday and Sunday

9 AM – 3 PM

Choose from these Sessions: March 14 & 15April 18 & 19May 2 & 3, or May 30 & 31

Calligraphy: It’s Not Just for Bibles Anymore

Participants will learn the fundamentals of the foundational style of lettering, and try their hand at the graceful form of art. Students are asked to bring Speedball C-3 Nib, Pen Holder, Black Ink (Higgins, Pellikan Fount India), Ruler, Pencil, Notebook. Instructed by calligraphers Carol Kimball and Sandy Schaadt.

Saturday, March 28

10 AM – 1 PM


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It’s Always the Write Time: Creative Writing Workshop

This fun and creative journey into the world of creative writing will get your ballpoint pen rolling. Taught by Mimi Chenfeld.

Saturday, April 18

10 AM – 2 PM


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Winsor & Newton Artists’ Oil Colours

Winsor & Newton offers the world’s most diverse range of professional products, including oils and acrylic colors, innovative mediums, and a revolutionary range of painting tools. Big plus: participants receive samples of Winsor & Newton Artist Materials (hooray!)

Saturday, April 11

1 – 4 PM

FREE DEMO! (limited to 30 participants)

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New classes at Clayspace!

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Clayspace is offering a four week Raku class on Mondays from 6:30 to 9 pm from Oct. 20 through Nov. 10!

Whether you’re looking for a new hobby or would like to expand your horizons in the artistic world, join OAL member and Clayspace instructor/ resident artist Todd Hickerson through the 4-week journey to the raku kiln!

Raku is an exciting and rewarding way to fire your work, and the fire and smoke from the reduction chambers add drama to the process and create stunning surfaces on the work! It’s a skill that will last you a lifetime, and who knows, it could be your calling. At only $150 a person, why miss the opportunity to find out?

Spend 3 weeks making work to raku, and spend the last class firing the raku kiln. Work can be made on or off the potter’s wheel and textured for the kiln. The 3rd class will focus on glazing and the final class will focus on the firing process.

Do yourself a favor and sign up now!

If the idea of raku firing is a bit too intimidating, that’s okay! Clayspace is also offering Daytime Potter’s Wheel on Wednesdays from 11:30- 2 pm! This eight-week course (Oct. 20- Dec. 12) covers basic wheel throwing techniques and those for the more advanced. Students work at their own pace with one-on-one support. This workshop is $280/ person, and trust me, you’ll never be more zen.


As the Cones Fall

Come explore ‘As the Cones Fall’

Everyone is welcome!

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A unique exhibition that investigates the characteristics and endless possibilities of wood firing, raku, and multiple glaze firings.

Featuring work by Clayspace artists: Bob Paxton, Mike Latham, Mark Hutton, Matt Gilbert


Ohio Art League member artist Todd Hickerson

Looking for a wonderful way to spend a summer evening? What better way then at a Raku Party!

Opening Reception and Raku Party


Friday, June 27th from 6-9pm

at Gallery 831

(831 S Front St, Columbus, OH 43206)

(614) 449-8144

Guests may purchase and glaze a handmade piece of pottery for $40 and watch as it’s fired in our raku kiln. The kiln is heated to 1900 degrees and opened to expose the red hot pottery inside.The work is removed with tongs and placed in metal cans filled with combustible material which is ignited by the hot work. Wiping off the ashes from the fire reveals flashes of brilliance and metallic shine.

While you wait for your masterpiece relax & enjoy the gallery show ‘As the Cones Fall’.

Join in on the fun; great art, great company, and great creations!

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