Fall Craft Demonstrations
Blacksmithing demonstration by William Mauser of Battery Creek Forge
Oil Painting by Meg West – demonstration in the Artist’s booth
Raku Pottery Firing demonstrations by Bashar and Roula Jarjour of Jarjour Pottery
Woodturning demonstration by Anthony DeMasi of Turnings by Tony
William Mauser of Battery Creek Forge will bring his forge setup to the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival to demonstrate the art of bending and twisting red-hot iron into useful and decorative items. Mauser creates wrought-iron chandeliers, drawer pulls, bottle openers, candelabras, furniture, and so much more – large and small, decorative and utilitarian.
Blacksmithing is an art form dating back to the Iron Age, though it took roughly three thousand years for understanding of metallurgy to advance from the first discoveries of certain types of rock melting in red hot coals to the point of forming simple tools such as arrow heads and spears. Over many thousands of years the role of the blacksmith evolved and specialties emerged – among other, Armorers hammered breastplates and helmets for warriors, Bladesmiths perfected the art of the balanced sword and the straight-flying spear, Farriers fit and formed shoes for horses, and Locksmiths learned the intricacies of forming impregnable locks and keys. In many areas, especially in Colonial America, the Village Smithy was the one to see for any of these needs and plenty more besides (ploughshares, wagon wheels, door hinges, nails…) – making the Blacksmith an integral and important part of the community.
Raku Pottery Firing
“Influenced by our Middle Eastern background, we bring a passion for traditional forms to our pottery works. Every piece, whether it be slab or hand-thrown, is uniquely designed at our in-home studio. Each work is intricately glazed, many of the objects being raku-fired for a deeper spectrum of color and texture.”
– Bashar and Roula Jarjour, Jarjour Pottery
Raku is a pottery technique originating in 16th century Japan, possibly from the work of Korean potters. While traditional raku includes a philosophical aspect of cultural significance, in the West the technique is known mostly for the fast, dramatic firing process. Witness the red-hot pottery emerging from the glowing kiln first-hand at the Crozet Spring Arts and Crafts Festival, as Bashar and Roula Jarjour demonstrate their raku pottery firing techniques as one of our demonstrating Artisans.
“As a wood turner, all of my works are created by means of a wood lathe. The lathe simply spins the wood and the rest is up to me. All of the wood I use comes from standing dead trees, storm damaged trees, lumber mill yards, and occasionally from a tree being taken down by a homeowner or municipality. I find a certain calmness about wood turning. The act of creating art from a piece of a tree is very fascinating. And though my artwork is not completed quickly, I can envision what my final result will be in a fairly short amount of time.
– Tony DeMasi, Turnings by Tony
Woodturner Tony DeMasi is bringing his lathe to the Crozet Fall Arts and Crafts Festival! Watch as he creates functional and decorative pieces from raw wood, using the lathe and his assortment of hand tools. And see the Artist’s finished pieces for sale in his booth, with a new appreciation for the time and effort each piece represents.