The name itself is like a poem: Autumn Blaze Fire Festival. You don’t necessarily know what it means, but every word is evocative and imagistic. Autumn Blaze Fire Festival. Is it about celebrating the fall colors? The lighting up of our fireplaces for the first time this year? Burning political effigies as a way to blow off some steam in election season? Nope. It’s an event this weekend hosted by Baltimore Clayworks. Since it’s the Clayworks, the festival will feature a Raku firing demo as well as the (first ever?) Clay Olympics during which you can challenge yourself to throw the tallest cylinder or pull the longest handle. And don’t worry–there won’t be trials. Even those who aren’t gold medal material, are encouraged to show up, grab a lump of clay and give it their best throw. Figure if your masterpiece ends up looking like the lovechild of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and a termite mound you can always blame it on your repeated trips to the beer garden.
Besides clay activities and a beer garden (with beer by Union Craft Brewing), the festival will also feature music by Colonel Josh and the Honky Tonk Heroes and food from Donna’s and Buffalo Wild Wings. Proceeds will ensure the continuation of the incredible artistic and educational programs housed both at Clayworks’ Mt. Washington studio and gallery and through the organization’s Community Arts program. Tickets are $15 for members, $20 non-members, and $25 at the door.
The Autumn Blaze Fire Festival takes place on October 20 from 6pm-10pm at the Mt. Washington Campus of Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave in Baltimore. For more information, or to reserve tickets, visit www.baltimoreclayworks.org