Auburn – Lincoln ClayFest, an annual celebration of the area’s rich history of clay, will take place this year from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, May 3 at Beermann Plaza in downtown Lincoln, CA.  Clayfest is an annual public event held in conjunction with Lincoln Arts’ internationally renowned “Feats of Clay” exhibition which takes place April 30-May 25 at the historic Gladding McBean factory in Lincoln. 

ClayFest is a celebration of the Lincoln community and its long history of clay, and provides a venue for ceramic artists from throughout the regions to display and sell their wares. Acclaimed potters such as John Manley will demonstrate wheel throwing. “Just watching John throw really large pots is well worth the trip to Lincoln.  But that is only one of the not-to-be missed events of the day”, says Larry Ortiz, ClayFest Chair.   

Also included will be demonstrations of hand built ceramics and traditional Raku firing by the Sierra Foothills Potters Guild.  If you have never watched Raku firing, this is the chance for a truly exciting experience.  Watching a rather ordinary clay pot go into the fire and come out totally transformed into something of functional beauty is a memorable experience.   

This is truly a day for families to enjoy the ceramic world together.  There will be many fun, hands-on activities for children.  One very exciting event will be the Tea Pot Hat Contest.  This will be supervised and presented by Penryn’s Rodney Mott.  Rodney, creator of the annual Woodstoke event in Penryn, is a well known ceramic artist who has been responsible for promoting and enhancing the ceramic arts in this area for a number of years.   

ClayFest is presented by PlacerArts and the Sierra Foothills Potters Guild, in cooperation with Lincoln Arts.  For more information PlacerArts is the Arts Council of Placer County, a non-profit, public benefit agency celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2008, and the designated state-local partner of the California Arts Council for the County of Placer.