Raku in the Valley, a pottery glazing and firing event, takes place on May 27 at Thompson Regional Park. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress file)

Get outdoors with Raku in the Valley in Chilliwack on May 27

The third annual signature pottery glazing and firing event takes place May 27 at Thompson Regional Park

Join the Chilliwack Community Arts Council for the third adventurous year of Raku in the Valley.

This signature pottery glazing and firing event takes place on May 27 at Thompson Regional Park and will offer a unique combination of hands-on art creation, shopping, and treats for the taste buds, all set against the picturesque backdrop of the Chilliwack River Valley.

Raku in the Valley welcomes past participants and new-comers alike to discover the lively Raku pottery process. Steeped in ancient Japanese origins, Raku pottery is renowned for its crackled patterns and vibrant metallic colours achieved through the use of special glazes, fire and smoke in an open air kiln.

Those looking to try their hands at glazing their very own Raku pot will be guided through the technique before witnessing the exhilarating Raku firing process in action, compliments of experts, Vijaya Morrison and Justina Penner of Rainforest Pottery, and Jann Pratt of Devon Road Pottery.

Beyond the hands-on pottery glazing and spectacle of the firing process, eventgoers will have the opportunity to browse and shop handcrafted creations from Bath Scents Handmade Soap, Devon Road Pottery, Pottery by Kelly, and Greendale Herb and Vine as part of the on-site pop-up artisan market.

Tractorgrease Café and the Chilliwack River Valley Volunteer Fire Department will serve up coffee, tempting baked goods, and barbecued hot dog delights to satisfy hungry visitors. All proceeds from the barbecue will be used towards the purchase of valuable equipment, ensuring the fire department’s ability to provide vital services to the community.

Get fired up with Raku in the Valley on May 27. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thompson Regional Park is located on Chilliwack Lake Road, across from Chilliwack River Valley Fire Department.

A limited number of Raku pots are still available for purchase, however, they sell-out quickly. Pottery workshop participants can reserve their Raku pots and glazing time by calling 604-769-2787 or visiting the Chilliwack Community Arts Council (20-5725 Vedder Road). Raku pots can be purchased for $15 each and are limited to two per person. Registration is required prior to the event to guarantee availability. Shoppers should note that Thompson Regional Park is an “off-the-grid” park so purchases are cash only.

To find out more about Raku in the Valley, visit the event page on chilliwackartscouncil.com, call 604-769-2787 or stop by the Chilliwack Community Arts Council.


Raku pottery is renowned for its crackled patterns and vibrant metallic colours achieved through the use of special glazes, fire and smoke in an open air kiln. (Submitted photo)

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