Yellow Pages |   News Updates |   Events Calendar |   Movie Times | Recycling  |   Document Shredding
Rocklin & Roseville Today Events
Celebrating Life...
HOME

Touring Gladding McBean during Feats of Clay




Kiln_Beehive.jpg

(Lincoln, CA) --A month-long series of tours of the historic Gladding, McBean terra cotta factory in Lincoln offers many memorable moments, but it is the short ride on a wooden freight elevator that most thrills many tour-takers. Introduced in 1891, just 16 years after the factory opened-and 38 years after Elisha Otis invented the modern elevator-the oversized lift takes occupants slowly from the first floor to the third, the oldest part of the factory.  The volunteer operator asures riders of the safety of the equipment while everyone gasps, oohs and ahs at the wonderment of the creaky rise upward.

Claudia Renati, executive director of Lincoln Arts, says, "Most people are in awe of the elevator.  They are fascinated to learn that this is the only remaining hydraulic elevator west of the Mississippi."  As to the lift's slowness, Renati says, "The more people we put on it, the slower it is. It's large enough to load a full-sized forklift.  And it can carry up to 4,000 pounds."

Gladding, McBean opens its 136-year-old fabled grounds and beehive-shaped kilns to visitors during "Feats of Clay XXIV" starting May 4, ending on May 30. Trained docents from Lincoln Arts Foundation will lead the tours through the facility from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays with new groups departing  every 30 minutes.

Reservations are required for the $12 tours, and can be made by calling the Lincoln Arts, organizers of the event, at (916) 645-9713. Visitors must be aged eight or older.  Comfortable closed-toe shoes are a must as the 90-minute tours require much walking. Some 6,000 visitors come from near and far for the annual tours. Local restaurant business thrives during the running of the tours. In addition to viewing the ceramics pieces, visitors will see an exhibit of molds, examples of architectural work done at the plant, and large photo murals of plant activities made from original glass and film negatives.

Sightseers will see an exhibit of some 80 sculptures that have been selected from the 1,500-plus entries in an annual competition of artists from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Winners of this year's competition will be shown in creative displays, half of them in a massive obsolete 35-foot-wide "beehive" kiln, one of 18 remaining at the facility. The competition, one of the world's most prestigious, was introduced in 1987 when the Feats of Clay celebration began.

Gladding, McBean's major manufacturing today is clay sewer pipes. But they also do special restoration projects for worn-out or damaged artifacts of terra cotta pieces that were originally created for buildings throughout the world.  In its heyday, Gladding, McBean and Co. became a leader in producing architectural facades for important buildings. Even the distinguished-looking red roof tiles at Stanford University were a Gladding, McBean product. Major creations adorn buildings, theaters and schools all over the globe.  

Lincolnites are proud of the continuing history of their plant. Mayor Paul Joiner is among them. "I've always thought of Feats of Clay as this wonderfully unique blend of history and pop culture," says he. "Just stepping into the buildings of Gladding, McBean transports you back to the 19th century. The sights, the sounds, the smells all carry back to the days when everything was done by hand. The days of the artisan. All about you are examples of the work of generations. Statues and fountains, gargoyles and cornices, columns and medallions from every corner of our nation."
Proceeds from tours benefit the Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation, supporting local art, including a summer concert series, after-school art classes, and school arts programs.

The opening of this year's May tours was introduced with a Mardi-Gras themed, fund-raising reception for VIPs on April 30.  The gala event was held amidst some of the gigantic aging kilns, and featured music, food catered by the Car Club of Auburn, a no-host wine and beer bar, and a first look at the ceramic exhibition.

Lincoln is a few miles north of Sacramento, off California highway 65. Factory tours start at the Lincoln Arts building, 580 Sixth Street in Lincoln.  During Feats of Clay, many local artisans will have their works available for purchase in the gift shop.

Visit the Lincoln Arts website: www.Lincolnarts.org





Placer County News Headlines

Annual Warrior Golf Classic at Catta Verdera in LincolnLincoln, CA - WJU Athletics will be hosting the 19th Annual Warrior Golf Classic at Catta Verdera Country Club in Lincoln.

Leadership Rocklin Creates Community LeadersROCKLIN, Robin Trimble, CEO of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, announced that the Chamber will once again host the prestigious Leadership Rocklin program.

Roseville Flash Crime Report (6.23.17)Roseville, CA - Digest summary update of police activity for Roseville covering the period of June 12-22, 2017.

9 Classic Songs That Stand the Test of TimeRoseville, CA- Music history is filled with terrific songs that don't always age so gracefully. They often mark a point in time and include less than stellar recordings

Sacramento Public Library seeks local authorsSacramento Public Library seeks 45 local authors to showcase their work at its upcoming local author fair

16th Annual Art, Wine and Music Festival at Squaw Valley[Olympic Valley, Calif.] - The Village at Squaw Valley announces the return of the Art, Wine and Music Festival July 8 and 9, 2017.

El Dorado Winery Association to host Blind Barrel eventPLACERVILLE, CALIF. - In raucous, rebellious and Roaring Twenties style, El Dorado Winery Association will bring wine enthusiasts together to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition

Sierra College Patrons Celebrate a Successful YearRocklin, CA --The Sierra College Patrons, a support group of the Sierra College Foundation, celebrated the year just past and installed the officers who will guide the group during

Placer County Fair Kicks Off TodayRoseville, Ca - Temperatures in triple digits will not deter the Placer County Fair from opening the annual Fair June 22-25.

The Brothers Comatose Hit the RoadSan Francisco, CA -- Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose bring their raucous, foot-stompin' live show on the road to premier venues across

Rocklin student to compete for America's Top Young ScientistSilver Spring, Md. and St. Paul, Minn. - From alternative energy to sustainable agriculture to medical advancements, today's scientific young minds work hard to solve today's biggest challenges

Roseville Landscape Makeover Contest LaunchesRoseville Environmental Utilities launched Sustain the Gains, a landscape makeover contest designed to encourage continued efficient water use.


NEWS: In Case You Missed It