The Tampa Bay Tour de Clay is a group of professional potters/ceramic artists most of whom are in the greater Tampa Bay Area. I have the honor of being a member of the Tour group.
The Tour de Clay has an annual Studio Tour held the second weekend of December. The annual event invites the public in to our studios and homes for demonstrations, kiln unloading and of course sales. There are 5 Open House Studios hosting over 30 potters (members and guest potters) involved in the event. I will again be displaying and demoing raku at the Wellman & Welsh Pottery in Lutz, FL.
Click on the Tour de Clay Logo to go to the official website.
& I will be hosting a "Raku Brunch" in 2018. Details to come in September.
Above: Hosts Kim Wellman & Harry Welsch
Left: Getting ready to do a Raku Demo.
December 8 & 9, 2018
Saturday (9-5) & Sunday (11-4)
COPPER MATT RAKU
As part of the Tour de Clay’s charity efforts, I will be hosting a “Raku Brunch” Sunday morning of the Tour, at the Wellman & Welsch Pottery in Lutz, FL. This year, participants will fire either COPPER MATT RAKU POT or a HORSEHAIR POT or BOTH!. I will have pre-glazed pots ready to Raku or burnished pots for Horsehair. Participants will get to fire a piece with me and take the pot home after firing it! As for the “brunch” part, Harry & Kim's daughter Adrienne prepared a great spread last year and has said she would be happy to cook for the brunch in the future. This year, preregistered participants will also receive a FREE T-SHIRT!!!!!!
Date: Sunday December 9, 2018.
Time: Starting 9:00 am and should last about 2-3 hours.
Cost: One Pot (either Copper Matt Raku or Horsehair) $85.00 with $55.00 going to support WMNF 88.5 Public Radio.
Two Pots (One each Copper Matt Raku and Horsehair) $140.00 with $90.00 going to support WMNF 88.5 Public Radio
Limited participants. Register early to insure a spot.
Participants must wear protective clothing (long pants, long sleeve shirt, closed toe shoes, and if you have long hair so way to hold it back)
We will be firing pots to 1500 degrees F and removing them for the kiln red hot. Though every precaution will be taken there is an inherent danger in the firing process. In agree to being a participant you will hold John Kellum, Wellman & Welsch Pottery, The Tampa Tour de Clay and WMNF harmless.
Participation is on a first come - first served basis. It sold out last year so please sign up early. There are spots available email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or cal 407-694-9622.
Hope to hear from you soon!