Clay art show heating up

<p>Dave Deal pulls a hot raku-fired clay pot in his studio.</p>

ILWACO — Intricate designs, a lifelong observation of nature and the mysteries of the fire are combined to create the stunning Raku clay work of Dave and Boni Deal. This talented couple will be demonstrating their fine craft in the studio and kiln yard at the Peninsula Clay Artists 5th Annual Show and Sale on Aug. 10 at The Artisan, located at 114 Main Street SW, in Ilwaco.

Raku is a process developed in Asia centuries ago. An engaging process the most dramatic moment is the final firing of the pot. After a pot is brought to a glowing red (about 1,900 degrees), it is removed from the kiln and plunged into a container of organic material. Flames and smoke billow as expectations build. Will the pot be beautiful or will it crack?

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