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Minnesota State Arts Board–A Creative Investment, Celebrating Ten Years of Legacy Art and Impact


Baby goat using process of Raku firing. Artist Julie Fakler
Mama and baby goat using process of Raku firing. Artist Julie Fakler
  Paradise Center for the Arts  
  Faribault – Rice County  
  2019 Operating Support grant – Minnesota State Arts Board  
  Artists Julie Fakler and Diane Lockerby  

Grant funding made it possible for Paradise Center for the Arts – an energetic cultural center for the Faribault community and region – to introduce the process of Raku firing. Raku was developed in the early 1550s in Japan by Zen Buddhist Masters for their ceremonial tea ware. It is a clay firing process centered in simplicity, in which all of nature's elements are used: earth, fire, air, and water.

Enrollment in the pottery department has increased thanks to the new educational opportunity additions. According to Julie Fakler, director of operations, the Raku process has sparked creativity and inspired artists to take their artwork to new levels. These pieces by Fakler and Diane Lockerby, head of the pottery department, were bisque fired and glazed during a 2018 Raku firing. Both artists are Faribault residents.