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Ceramic Artist Wayne Higby offers Raku Extravaganza as the MostArts Festival wraps up 4th Season

Ceramic artist Wayne Higby Saturday will offer an open air workshop on the art of American Raku, a style of firing pottery inspired by 16th century Japan techniques, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the closing day festivities of Alfred University’s MostArts Festival.

Weather permitting, Higby’s “Raku Extravaganza” will take place on the hillside above Miller Theater. Visitors will become acquainted with the unique firing process and will leave the workshop with their own, personally decorated work.

Higby, who serves as director of the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, has earned international recognition since his groundbreaking one-person show at the Museum of Arts and Design in 1973. Described as "a visionary of the American Crafts Movement,” his career and ceramic art are documented in the book Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby, published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers, Stuttgart, Germany.

Throughout the week, Alfred University’s MostArts Festival has featured afternoon and evening concerts, and tonight, the MostArts Festival Orchestra will perform with finalists in the Young Pianist Competition: Christian Chiu, 14, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Siyu Wang, 16, of Syosset, N.Y.; Aliya Alsafa, 13, of Chicago, Ill.; and Alice Zhang, 16, of Vernon Hills, Ill. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Theater.

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, MostArts hosts its Gala Concert, with Yuval Zaliouk and Artistic Director and Alfred University Professor of Music Lisa Lantz conducting. Selections will include Mozart’s Symphony No. 1, Weber’s Clarinet Concertino Op. 26 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3.

Winners of the Young Pianist Competition will be announced and awards presented following the performance,  and a reception will be held in Ade Hall, where the public invited to meet and greet the artists.