Nine raku kilns in one day in the ‘Baltic Raku’ symposium!
From 23 to 27 April in the Daugavpils Clay Art Centre ( DCAC ) the society ‘Baltic Raku’ conducted a symposium with six Latvian participants and seven guest artists from Belarus, Estonia and Lithuania. During the symposium in the DMMC yard was built a raku kiln; conducted a lecture followed by discussion of raku pottery origins and techniques; participants’ presentations about their works and implemented projects; masterclasses of different postfiring techniques (American, naked raku and fermented ceramic). Potters worked hard, the weather was warm and sunny, the new-built oven worked perfectly, and on April 26 was burned an amazing amount - nine raku kilns!
The cultural program included presentation of the DMMC visiting the Mark Rothko Art Centre on April 24, on the anniversary event of the centre, a tour around the city center and the trip with a tour tram. In the end of the symposium was a unique opportunity for visitors to view all the works created during the Symposium in the express exhibition. After that the permanent ‘Baltic Raku’ exposition has been updated with participants’ gifts, professional ceramic art works. Those who did not manage to attend the symposium activities, we invite to visit the ‘Baltic Raku’ ceramics exhibition in the DMMC Glass Gallery from April 30 to June 30.
Symposium participants: Ingrid Allik (EST), Līga Čible (LV), Nellija Dzalba (LV), Mairita Folkmane (LV), Andrius Janulaitis (LT), Jurgita Jasinskaite (LT), Valery Kaltyhin (BY), Eleonora Pastare (LV), Aivar Rumvolt (EST), Volha Siamashka (BY), Ilona Šauša (LV), Vytautas Valiušis (LT) and Diāna Vernera (LV).
The symposium was supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation, Council of Daugavpils, Daugavpils Regional and Art Museum, and Clay Art Centre.