Feats of Clay offers new tour at Gladding McBean
For the first time, the tour will lead guests to unexplored areas of the pottery. According to Claudia Renati, executive director of Lincoln Arts, this new tour will provide a different aspect of the factory. “Many of our guests have done our basic tour.” Says Renati, “so we organized an alternate tour to take visitors to places that have never been open to the general public in our historic factory while still giving them the chance to see the 100-year old kilns, a highlight of all our tours.”
Tour B, as Renati named the new venture, will lead visitors to the fitting shed where finished products and restored architectural pieces are packed and shipped. This area will have an exhibit of the drafting process showing how a fragment is measured and scaled so restoration can take place. The second-floor library, part of the new tour, shows examples of all glazes used in Gladding McBean creations through the years. The area is loaded with artifacts that Renati guarantees will intrigue visitors.
Tour A, the original tour, takes visitors to areas where architectural restoration is performed. Guests will visit the modeling area to observe the various steps in restoration. The tour will also visit the glazing and kiln areas to gain insight on the total process of restoration. Both tours will include a close-up look at the annual Feats of Clay International Art Exhibition.
The only time the tours are held is during the running of Feats of Clay. Reservations are required for tours and can be made by calling the Lincoln Arts Council, organizers of Feats of Clay, at (916) 645-9713. Entry fee is $12. Visitors must be age ten or older. Visitors should wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes as tours last about 90 minutes and require much walking.
Feats of Clay runs April 28 to May 31. Visitors will be escorted by trained docents. Tours run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, Tuesday through Sunday. The scheduled tours start every 30 minutes.
In the late 1800s, Gladding McBean became a leader in producing architectural terra cotta facades for some of the most significant historical landmarks in the world. While the company’s main source of income today is manufacturing of clay sewer pipes, a staff of experts handles restoration projects. They replace worn out or damaged artifacts of terra cotta pieces that were originally created by Gladding McBean craftsmen.
The exhibit of some 75 sculptures will be drawn from more than a thousand entries in the annual competition of artists from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Winners and other entries will be in creative displays, some in a massive, obsolete 35-foot-wide, 100-year-old kiln. The competition draws entries from recognized artists from all over North America.
Touring visitors will learn about the special characteristics of Lincoln clay. They will look back in history to see how Gladding McBean skilled artisans sculpted enormous pieces of art for architectural facades. They will also become aware of the company’s basic production of ground pipe, roof tiles and garden pottery. They will stroll by the 22 massive beehive kilns.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, supporting local cultural programs, including a summer concert series, after-school art classes, and school arts programs.
Lincoln is at the northeast corner of Placer Valley, a few miles north of Sacramento. Visitors can get updated information on Feats of Clay online at placertourism.com or by phoning (800) 773-0522.
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesHow To Price An Ebook: Amazon Vs. KoboLast year, a major milestone was reached in the ebook industry: self-published authors began taking home the bulk of all author earnings generated on Amazon.com
Former Heald College Students Offered HelpRocklin, CA - Sierra College is offering this Community Service help day to all former Heald College students. The event is for anyone affected
4 Rules For Hiring & Retaining Your Best EmployeesExorbitant student loans constitute just one reason why young people eager to experience the world may want to reconsider college
Best Places in Lake Tahoe to Watch Amgen TourLake Tahoe's natural geography of steep climbs and long descents against postcard views will offer plenty of sites to catch race action as the top women cyclists
New Firm Sought to Manage Placer County FairgroundsRoseville, CA - Built in the 1930s, the Placer County Fairgrounds has been a fixture in the western end of the county for decades.
Ride 2 Recovery to follow Amgen Tour Start in Lake TahoeLake Tahoe - Ride 2 Recovery to immediately follow the start of the Amgen Tour of California Women's Stage 1.
National History Day California at Rocklin's WJUNational History Day - California (NHD-CA) will be held for the first time at William Jessup University on May 8 - 9
Sacapalooza Youth Hackathon in RocklinHacker Lab and Sierra College are hosting Sacapalooza, a youth Hackathon from May 9 at 9 AM to May 10 at 5:30 PM at 4804 Granite Drive, Rocklin CA
California Gas Prices Soaring HigherRoseville gas prices are soaring with many stations seeing a return near the $4 gallon mark.
Top 100 Paying Jobs in California (Final)The final installment takes us to the top paying job in California based on median wage.
Toyota Sienna: Reliability and Enviable ReputationThe 2015 Toyota Sienna is an eight-passenger vehicle (seven seats with captain's chairs) that offers comfortable seating, great storage room, user-friendly controls, and surprising performance
Golfweek Magazine: Clear Creek Tahoe Among Best CoursesClear Creek Tahoe, the exclusive Coore & Crenshaw designed golf course near Lake Tahoe was recently recognized by Golfweek Magazine as the No. 18 Best Residential Course
NEWS: In Case You Missed It