The Goddard Center will have its first annual Raku Rendezvous Saturday at the Goddard Center Art Studios. The event will be a demonstration of firing raku pottery, a unique technique that fast fires pottery. The pieces are pulled from the kiln still glowing hot and are cooled and finished quickly to reveal the glaze, which can often be surprising to the artist and the viewer. Raku results include a full spectrum of color, smoke, dramatic black crackles and lusters.

High school and college students are welcome to attend from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a one-on-one opportunity to learn from and interact with professional artists performing their craft. From 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. the general public is invited to view the firings. The Raku Rendezvous provides the opportunity to exchange ideas, techniques, glazes and other information while also being an interesting and unique way to spend an afternoon.

Artists performing the raku demonstration include Steven Phillips, Allan Burris, Freeman Loughridge, Jack Ousey, and Robert Ostman, who together have over 120 years' experience in ceramics.

In addition to the demonstration, the public is welcome to view the All Schools Exhibit featuring area high school and middle school artists from area schools.

Students and schools who plan to attend should register with the Goddard Center by calling (580) 226-0909. The Goddard Center Art Studios are located at 425 1st Ave SW.

The Raku Rendezvous will take place in the back parking lot.