Raku Pavilion Groundbreaking


October 19, 2007

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Mr. & Mrs. Ira H. Gordon Pavilion

The Mr. & Mrs. Ira H. Gordon Pavilion will dramatically enhance ceramics programming at the Center by making it possible to program raku firings throughout the year and providing easy access to the large gas kiln. The Gordon Pavilion will also provide a comfortable outdoor area for classes and performances.

Thank you to everyone who joined us October 19th, 2007 in our groundbreaking ritual of music and fire.

Please Join us on March 20, 2008 at 7:00om for the dedication of the Mr. & Mrs Ira H. Gordon Paviliion. Paul Soldner, distinguished clay artist, and invaluable contributor to "American Raku" will help us celebrate.

"In the spirit of raku, there is the necessity to embrace the element of surprise. There can be no fear of losing what was once planned and there must be an urge to grow along with the discovery of the unknown. In the spirit of raku: make no demands, expect nothing, follow no absolute plan, be secure in change, learn to accept another solution and, finally, prefer to gamble on your own intuition. Raku offers us deep understanding of those qualities in pottery which are of a more spiritual nature, of pots by men willing to create objects that have meaning as well as function." (Soldner, 1973)

The Mr. & Mrs. Ira H Gordon Pavillion has been made possible by the support of:

Ira and Nanette Gordon
PNC Charitable Trust
Dr. John Burkholder
The Calihan Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation
Debroah Dick
Christina Jennings

Generous Individual Architectural Services provided by Luke Desmone and Desmone & Associates