Fox6 WakeUp’s Gino Salomone stopped by Cream City Clay in West Allis to observe a Raku pottery demonstration by CUW art professor Jeff Shawhan.

Cream City Clay has added more square footage its West Allis location, opening up new possibilities for community artists. The hugely popular studio offers lessons and a space for inspired people to gather and create.

Fox6 WakeUp’s Gino Salomone visited the studio and met with local artists who offered insights into tricks of the trade. Concordia art professor Jeff Shawhan demonstrated Raku.

Raku is an ancient Japanese technique that produces a unique finish to hand-crafted pieces (as opposed to those produced on a potter’s wheel). The ceramic is glazed and put into a kiln, but is removed while still hot as opposed to the typical duration. A material is then applied to cause the glowing embers to cool very quickly.

Click on the video below to view Shawhan at work on Fox6.

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At Concordia University Wisconsin, your creativity has no end. The university offers students plenty of academic and extracurricular activities in art. Students can express themselves creatively and even have the opportunity to showcase their work in art gallery exhibitions or on the stage.