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Serving up a bowl of voodoo

The gator cake has been a Cajun Clay fixture since the beginning.
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Choose your homemade bowl, fill it with gumbo and enjoy a unique local event as the Carbondale Clay Center holds its 18th annual Cajun Clay night.

The tradition got its start as a partnership between the Clay Center and Glenwood’s Bayou restaurant. It came with gumbo, an alligator shaped cake, and of course an array of handmade bowls attendees got to keep.

“They wanted people to walk away with something functional,” explained executive director Angela Bruno. “The Clay Center always has great work in the gallery, but the special thing about these Cajun Clay bowls is that almost all of them have some element of collaboration,” Bruno said. “One artist may have thrown the pot, and another may have trimmed it, and another may have glazed or decorated it. I love seeing so many local artists coming together to create truly unique bowls for this event. The bowls, plus the great food you get to put in them, are an incredible value.”



This year, the theme is “Voodoo in a Bowl.” Allegria chef Andreas Fishbacher will oversee the menu, which will include a vegetarian option. Live music comes from Chimney Choir, a Denver act that was a hit at the recent Colorado Creative Industries summit. There’s also libations and a silent auction. The $35 admission fee ($20 for children 5-12, free for children 4 and younger) helps keep the nonprofit afloat. You can also volunteer for four hours before, during or after the event to nab a free ticket.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser, and it supports our budget all year long,” said Bruno. “It’s also an opportunity for people to come experience the gallery and the people who work, teach and take classes here.”



Longtime potter Diane Kenney agreed.

“This is a quintessential Clay Center event — a combination of so much goodness! Good people, food, clay, music and community,” she said. “Since day one, the Carbondale Clay Center exists to promote excellence in the ceramic arts and build community. Cajun Clay Night is a fun way to support the Clay Center and experience for yourself the joy of handling and using a handmade bowl!”

Cajun Clay takes place from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, at 135 Main St. in Carbondale. For more information or advance tickets call 963-2529 or visit http://www.carbondaleclay.org/events.


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