Monday, February 15, 2010

Big changes for the Soda Firing Program

Lillstreet is getting a new soda kiln!! On Saturday, February 6th, a dedidated crew of Lillstreeters gathered for a day of kiln destruction. After the gloves, masks, and eye protection were donned, the old soda kiln was taken apart brick by brick. In about 8 hours of hard work, the kiln was reduced to 5 pallets of various sized and shaped brick. Some went to the alley behind the studio for disposal (they may even still be back there) and the rest were saved to be re-used in the new kiln.
Now that the old kiln is no longer, we need a new one! On February 20th and 21st, Lillstreet is hosting a Soda Kiln Building Workshop:

Join Doug Jeppesen (Waubonsee Community College) and Neil Estrick (Neil Estrick Gallery) as they lead students through the process of building Lillstreet's new soda kiln. This workshop will give participants a rare opportunity to learn about and participate in the kiln building process from start to finish.

When: Saturday February 20th and Sunday February 21st
Time: 9am to approximately 9pm both days
Cost: $60 per day or $100 for both
To sign-up, please contact the front Desk at (773)769-4226

Lunch and Dinner will be provided both days.

On Saturday evening at dinner time, Doug and Neil will present a slide lecture and discussion highlighting their kiln building experiences and processes.

For more info on the Artist/Builders please visit:

Friday, February 5, 2010

Empty Bowls

Empty Bowls Date Changed to March 5, 5-8pm
Lillstreet Art Center is proud to host this 4th annual hunger-fighting event to benefit First Slice. Join us for a modest meal of soup and bread, served in an artist-made ceramic bowl that you may take home. Bowls are $20 each. There will be live music, and a silent auction of artist-crafted items, a special prize package from Soup and Bread, and more.

If you are a potter and would like to help, think about making some bowls to donate to this great event! This is a great way to get your work into the hands of as many people as possible AND a great way to help the community.