Raku in the Valley

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Thompson Regional Park
(Chilliwack Lake Rd.)

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Event and Artisan Market opens
(glazing time may be scheduled earlier)

Join us for the third adventurous year of Raku in the Valley! Learn how to glaze your very own piece of pottery and experience the lively Raku firing process, all set against the stunning backdrop of Thompson Regional Park. There will be an on-site pop-up artisan market, Tractorgrease Cafe’s own coffee and baked goods, and a hot dog barbecue hosted by the Chilliwack River Valley Volunteer Fire Department, by donation.
*Please note that Thompson Regional Park is an “off-the-grid” park so purchases are cash only.

What is Raku?

The term Raku originates from a Japanese word meaning “enjoyment”, “comfort” or “ease” and is derived from Jurakudai, the name of a palace, in Kyoto. The unique look of Raku pottery is achieved by utilizing both smoke and fire in the kiln to create an unpredictable and unique style. The process of Raku firing differs from other firing methods because the pots are removed from the kiln at their maximum temperature. The fast removal of the piece from the furnace and covering of flammable materials such as shredded paper or natural wood sawdust produce the characteristic cracking effect and metallic colours.

How it works:

Only a hand full of Raku pots are still available. Pre-register to avoid disappointment!
Call 604-769-2787 to purchase your pot(s) & reserve your glazing time by credit card or
visit us in-person at Chilliwack Community Arts Council (20-5725 Vedder Rd.; open hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
If any pots remain, they will be available for purchase at the event (cash only; availability cannot be guaranteed).

  • $15 per pot (max. 2 pots per person).
  • Pre-registration is required to guarantee availability (quantities are limited); registration and payment for each pot is required prior to the event.
  • Registered guests will choose their bisque-fired Raku pot design upon arrival at the information tent.
  • After choosing the design of your choice, you will be guided through the process of dip glazing your own Raku pot before it is fired by our professional potters from Rainforest Pottery, live before your eyes!
  • Glazing time is fluid and timing is dependent on many factors. To ensure that the schedule runs smoothly, please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled glazing time.
    • You will need to be onsite for a few hours. This ensures that you have the opportunity to watch the firing of your pot and allows time for the pot to cool before you take it home.
    • Glazing times are scheduled for 9:30 AM, 10:45 AM (FULL) and 12:15 PM (FULL) on May 27.
Thank you to our pottery experts & enthusiastic participants:

Pop-Up Market Artisans:

Thank you to our sponsors:

Not sure where Thompson Regional Park is located? Our handy map below is here to help: