Fine Line Arts Festival


Friday June 3, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Join us for a unique evening! The $65 ticket price includes:

  • Hearty Appetizers
  • Pottery Bisque or Fused Glass Voucher
  • Silent Auction
  • Live Music
  • Cash Bar

Order tickets online below, or call (630) 584-9443 to order by phone. Ticket availability is limited.

When ordering, please specify whether you would like a raku voucher or a fused glass voucher.

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Saturday June 4, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Come and experience a variety of hands-on art activities including the ancient art of Japanese Raku and more. This is a great outdoor fun day for everyone, and by all means bring the kids. You can even glaze your own pieces to take home the same day!

Lunch will be available for purchase (Ream’s brats and hot dogs with all the trimmings, plus beverages), and there will be demonstrations along with live local musical entertainment.


More about Raku

The Raku pottery technique was developed and used by Japanese potters for making tea ceremony wares. In The West, it has evolved to become more of a “happening.”

At our art festival, your day begins with selecting and purchasing a bisque piece of pottery (pottery that has been fired once). After acquiring your piece you will glaze it, and then actually watch the second firing process which takes place in a small gas-fueled outdoor Raku kiln.

After the kiln gets up to the proper temperature, the glowing molten object is removed with tongs, placed on a bed of sawdust, and covered with a metal container filled with shredded newsprint. It will flame and smoke and sputter while the glazes continue to oxidize. This is where the magic happens! With raku, even the most experienced potters are never quite sure how their work will turn out. When the object is removed from this chamber it is cooled in a bath of cold water. You then wash and scrub the object with a steel wool pad to enhance its luster.

Our potters offer a huge variety of ready-to-glaze objects at very reasonable prices—vases, bowls, plates, containers, etc. The pieces are handmade by students who donate their time for the event.


If you like, you can explore the Fine Line campus and enjoy our open house while waiting for your piece to be fired. View our Diverse Expressions IV exhibition in the Kavanagh Gallery, shop for new luxury yarns and other art supplies in the Fine Line shop, see what’s new in our Dempsey Gallery, or just inhale deeply and take in the beauty of our campus’ prairie life.

There will also be demonstrations and hands-on art activities.

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