Artisan Saturday

Watch local artisans demonstrate their craft and enjoy FREE family activities at Explore Park on select Saturdays in 2022! Love what you see? All featured craftspeople will have their works on display and for sale during the event from 10 AM to 3 PM at Explore Park

2022 Event Dates:

  • June 11
    • Raku Pottery Firing Demo (Rescheduled from May 14th Event)
    • Roanoke County Public Library will present bubble art and rock painting 
    • Artisan Demos (see list below)

  • August 13

Call the Visitor Center at 540-427-1800 for more information!

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Raku Firing Demonstrations - June 11th

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild will have Raku Firing demonstrations at the June 11th Artisan Saturday at Explore Park. This process involves firing pieces in a raku kiln, removing them from the kiln at 1800 degrees and then placing them into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials are ignited, the container is closed and the potters wait until the pieces cool down.

The process results in many interesting designs including cracked glaze surfaces, black smoked unglazed clay or metallic effects. See some samples of Raku pottery below! 

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Raku 5

Artisan Saturday will feature the following artisans and craftspeople on June 11 at Explore Park

Artisans for June 11, 2022
ArtisansWares & Demonstrations
Blue Ridge Potters GuildPottery & Raku Firing Demonstrations
Louise Allen Handmade SoapsHandmade soap
Lucinda RoweNature art
Wanza's TreasuresArtwork 
Earthworks PotteryPottery demonstrations, bowls, cups, vases and more!
ECH CreationsCrochet art
Joseph TurnerHandmade bracelets
Curio Studio, LLCEtched glass
Linda Rae RussoNature art & paintings
Country Sassy ClassyWood art: sign boards, magnets, household decorations plus free children's craft
Denise BriggsHandmade jewelry
Kelli's CreationsMarbled art