Sunday, April 26, 2009

2009-04-26 All Fired Up

The 2009 All Fired Up fundraiser roared by last night. While attendance was lower than desired, the event was a lot of fun. If you missed it, you REALLY missed it. Clayworks took on a fairy tale appearance with the addition of thousands of Christmas lights. The whole place was transformed into a wonderland of friends, food, and art. Thanks to all the attendees, volunteers, and especially to Adrienne and Julie who really jump through hoops every year to create a great party and make it look easy.

With the silent auction, door prizes, music, food, beverages, desserts (yes, they deserve their own separate category!), and raku, things were hopping. Add to that the wild fun of the clay olympics and you will see how memorable the night was.

It was pretty warm, but at least us folks in the raku department didn't have to deal with inclement weather for a change. The raku went well and the pieces came out great. I'd like to give a big thanks to Nick, my raku partner-in-crime.

Directly following the big shindig, everyone pitched in and converted it back to a working clay studio in no time at all. It's an amazing transformation to witness.

A few of us late-nighters stayed and chatted for a while after everything was done. It was nice to relax and unwind a bit. There was talk of going to the Penguin, but that will have to be another time when we're all feeling a bit younger.


The clay olympics in full swing.


Julie is MCing the olympics.


The silent auction.



The bar.


The food.


The desserts.


The lights.


The lights.


The DJ.


Some major reduction.


Some fun after the fun.

You can see more pictures at Amy's and Becky's blogs.

3 comments:

Becky said...

What a BLAST! Great pix, John! Here's to next year's AFU!

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

hey, i think I gave a teapot to that event...

jbf said...

Yes, you did and it was gorgeous! I didn't get any pictures of the individual items, but Amy did along with the person who won it.

They keep me out back by the raku kiln ever since the time I used the wrong fork for my salad. :^)