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This is our twelfth year of presenting a national contemporary ceramic
competition and exhibition here in Lincoln, CA. It is housed at the
125-year-old 'living museum,' and still working, Gladding McBean terra cotta
factory. We encourage families to attend, but have been unable to
accomodate large school groups - until this year. The factory's management
has allowed us to offer school group tours to middle school and high school
students (6-12 grades).
We give docent-led tours of the exhibition and factory in May. A grand
opening reception is Saturday, May 1, 6-9:30pm, $17.50/person (reservations
required); the 90 minute tours run Wednesdays thru Sundays, May 5 thru May
21, 9am to 12noon, $3/person (reservations required) and the first 200 moms
on May 9 will receive a free flower.
The Lincoln Clayfest, May 22, 10am to 6pm, is a free one day,
family-oriented festival all centered on the clay arts with lots of hands-on
activities for kids, entertainment, food, artists demonstrating and showing
their wares, and special tours (self-guided, unlimited time) of Feats of
Clay are available. No reservations are required.
Feats & Wheels concludes the event on Sunday, May 23, 9am to 12noon. This
is for vehicle club members only and is $12.50 per person. Special tours of
Feats of Clay, comm. dash plaque, hearty BBQ lunch are offered.
Reservations are required.
Below is a description of the exhibition that appears in our press kit.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Reserve a tour, hop aboard an antique fire truck waiting at the plant gate,
and begin a journey back in time. Dodging busy forklifts stacking row upon
huge, distinctively colored pipes, the transport stops at an old brick
building. Step inside the architectural design studio, where artisans model
with their hands the powerful rams' heads, graceful acanthus, and fantastic
gargoyles which will be installed on buildings around the world, hundreds of
feet above pedestrians' heads.
Then it's upstairs to the historic design studio. Decades-old models and
molds are everywhere, scattered like so many giant toys, under a frosting of
talc-y white dust. Contemporary ceramic art catches the sunlight streaming
from window banks high above. The life-like photomurals of terra cotta
buildings, the delicate watercolors of architectural tile, the antique
workbooks, the worn tools ingeniously fashioned by necessity, are captivating.
Downstairs again, through the cool finishing floor, where workers are
hand-sanding and glazing each building block. A short walk brings you to
the door of a block-long 'shed'. Inside, hazy shadows pierced by rays of
filtered light beckon. Once across the threshold, the sensual roar of
2000-degree fires confined in towering kilns is pervasive.
The thrilling sounds and massive scale are awesome. A step inside a 35-foot
diameter beehive kiln, one of 22 operating in the building, draws gasps.
Tomb-like, the kiln's walls are encrusted with ancient residue from salt
firings in pink, gold, rust and mauve. The softly-lit contemporary art is
posed as though waiting for archaeological discovery.
This is Lincoln Arts' FEATS OF CLAY at Gladding McBean, where humble clay is
converted by fire and skill to objects of utility & great beauty. A moving