Colorado Mountain College pottery Christmas show coming up |

Colorado Mountain College pottery Christmas show coming up

Colorado Mountain College pottery students will display and sell their creations at the annual Christmas show and sale Dec. 6-7 in Rifle. From left, these photos display the Raku firing process: the red hot pots are taken out of the kiln with tongs and placed in a trash can of combustible materials as student Judy Burke lends a hand; flames erupt immediately; the can is covered to smother the flames and finish the glazes; some finished pieces are shown.
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The pottery classes at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle will hold their annual Christmas show from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 703 Railroad Ave. in Rifle.

Many potters will be showing their works and all of it will be for sale. There will be a wide selection of pottery styles, from hand-built to wheel thrown, from functional to decorative. Several methods are used to fire the pottery creations: A salt-soda kiln was built by a class in the summer of 2009, a gas kiln, Raku and saggar work and electric kiln.

Michelle McCurdy is a former teacher in the program who returned to join Brandon Whitacre and Alexandra Knipe this year.

One of the goals of the show is to generate interest in the pottery program, so there will be opportunities to meet and visit with the artists during the show. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to a worthy cause. In the past, donations have been made to various local charitable organizations, including the Rifle Animal Shelter.

Everyone is invited to drop in, have a hot drink and a homemade treat and enjoy the creativity of the students. It’s a great way to find unique Christmas gifts, housewarming gifts, or just something beautiful for yourself. For more information, call 625-2030 or 309-1661.

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