What do funnel cakes, face paint, original oil & acrylic artwork, photography, pottery, moon bounce inflatables, and fried pies all have in common? Well, it’s fall, of course! And in towns both large and small, city dwellers come a’ creepin’ in from flatter locales to catch a feel for slower paces, cooler breezes, mountain vistas, some great food, and hopefully a handmade piece of pottery or two…
Saturday, November 6 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, November 7 noon – 4 p.m., lifefire will be celebrating the fall season at The Currahee Artists’ Guild 21st Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival in downtown Toccoa at The Studio & Frame Shop. We’ll be among 75 other artists participating in a judged show featuring over 200 pieces of artwork on display or for sale. We’ll also have a booth (somewhere in downtown) featuring our newest wares for sale.
Please stop by The Studio & head upstairs to check out our wares, and while you’re there, cast your vote for “Viewer’s Choice Award” … (lifefire pottery graciously accepts all votes!).
Typically, when we fire our raku kiln it has been for the community and the grand celebration that we orchestrate around the event, but earlier this month (honestly due to an electric kiln malfunction the day before a show!) we had the opportunity to experience what we’ve lovingly referred to as “Raku for 2.” It was a beautiful Friday – hotter than the devil’s armit for September, but beautiful nonetheless. We grabbed our coffee from the kitchen counter, grabbed an SD card for the zi8 and got to work glazing, waxing, loading, reducing, scrubbing, admiring, re-glazing (sometimes), re-firing (sometimes), and in short…doing the “raku thing” sans audience. At the end of the day we had a serious load of new wares to take to the next day’s show, many gigabytes of poorly shot video (you’re welcome!) and a dirty driveway. Ahhh…for the love of raku. It was a great day and we had a blast. After 11 years of marriage, this kind of day is one of the best “dates” you can have – full of laughing together, working together, high fives for good pots, wrinkled noses for bad pots, and an great feeling of being a team at the end of it all. That’s lifefire. We hope you’ll find this video educational, interesting, and just-inspiring-enough to make you want to join us for our next firing. Who knows, maybe it will spark some lifefire in you too…
Jared and Janet invite you to come and meet us, along with a wide variety of local artists later this month!
The Currahee Artists’ Guild will have their annual Meet the Artist show and sale on Friday, Feb. 27 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10-5 p.m. in The Studio on Doyle Street in downtown Toccoa.
There will be live music and refreshments on Friday night and refreshments on Saturday. A variety of media wil be for sale on both days, and the participating artists will be available to meet you and discuss their work.
In addition to the show, the guild will have a miniature Show fundraiser with original artwork being donated by the guild members. Tickets can be purchased prior and during the show for $5 each or 6 for $25 and the drawing will be held on Saturday at 4 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.
For more information about the show, please cal 706.886.6138 or email kevintoc(at)windstream.net.