During the 2nd Saturday Art Walk in downtown Long Beach on July 9, Clay on First pottery studio sponsored a raku-firing on Linden Avenue of ceramic works created by local artists. Clay Wood (right), owner of Clay on First, was assisted by Ben Rigney (left), who has been a ceramicist since 1980. As the two artists worked, a crowd gathered each time the kiln was opened up, revealing glowing hot pots, which were promptly removed with tongs and placed in reduction containers filled with pine needles and newspaper. When the process was complete, shiny metallic pots and works of art with special crackle effects were pulled from the cans.
The 2nd Saturday Art Walk is a monthly event that takes place in the East Village Arts District around Linden Avenue and Broadway. The event takes place on the second Saturday of each month from 4pm to 10pm and provides local artists and galleries an opportunity to showcase their work. The event features live music, a public art contest with a cash prize and gifts. For more information, visit ArtWalkLB.com.