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Uptown Jackson’s February Annual art event features Raku-style pottery

Riverside Pottery Studio's Rob Lorenz removing Raku pottery during Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization's February Annual art event on Feb. 26. Photos by Jay Forness

This year’s February Annual event, themed “We Will Raku,” from the Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization featured Raku pottery demonstrations from Riverside Pottery Studio’s Rob Lorenz. Attendees were invited to glaze their own pots before they were fired by Lorenz. 

Raku pottery dates back to the early 1550s in Japan, while western-style Raku involves removing pottery from a kiln while it is still bright red from the heat and placing in a container with combustible materials. This process produces an intense reduction atmosphere which affects the colors in glazes and clay bodies.

The event also included ceramic art displayed at the Cape Giradeau County History Center and in High Street window displays, as well as specialty Japanese-inspired food options including the Japanese dish Tonkatsu from The German Cook.

February Annual is organized by UJRO’s design committee to showcase regional artists through art exhibits and education in Jackson.

Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization’s annual February Annual art event was held on Saturday, Feb. 26 in the historic uptown area in Jackson.

Attendees of Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization’s February Annual event glazing pottery to go through the Raku firing process.

Attendees of this year’s February Annual art event were able to pick out pots to glaze before the pottery went through the Raku pottery firing process.

The German Cook, Christian Voigt prepared the Japanese dish Tonkatsu for the February Annual event on Feb. 26.

Riverside Pottery Studio’s Rob Lorenz inspecting the glazed pottery before putting them in the kiln.

Attendees of Uptown Jackson Revitalization Organization’s February Annual event glazing pottery to go through the Raku firing process.

Finished Raku-style pottery glazed by attendees at the event and fired by Rob Lorenz during Raku pottery demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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