The annual Pit Fire Pottery Festival will be held on Friday, October 4 starting at 5 p.m. on the Cochise College Douglas Campus. The festival showcases the arts and raises funds to support the Cochise College art program. The free event will feature artists, live music, performances, art displays, vendors, savory soup from the Cochise College Culinary students, and fireworks. This year, several scholarships will be awarded to art and culinary arts students. The headliner band will be Chris Kane Trio.

Each year, one talented student studying ceramics is selected to make 1,000 soup bowls. Kathryn Hill, a student, attending classes on the Sierra Vista campus was chosen to design and create bowls for the festival. Hill started taking courses at the college since she was in the 11th grade.

“When I took my first pottery class, I was ecstatic to learn how to use a pottery wheel,” Hill recalled. “My family is one of artists. I remember as a young child making pots and stuff out of clay and enjoying it.”

When asked about participating in this year’s pit fire festival, Hill said, “I am so honored. I hope the bowls I created inspire others to take on a project that might seem impossible. If I can make 1000 bowls then anyone can also complete a big task as I did. I want people to realize their potential.”

For $10 you can purchase the hand-crafted ceramic bowl and fill it with savory soup made by the college’s culinary arts club. This year all of the proceeds support the college’s art department and clubs who participate as vendors.

Please be aware many vendors accept only cash, and there are no ATMs on site.

A pit fire is an ancient method of “baking” clay that has been placed in a hole or pit dug into the ground with a wood fire burning above, resulting in pieces covered in swirls of colors and patterns. Cochise College celebrates this technique with a festival to celebrate the arts.

The Pit Fire Lighting is scheduled to be around 7 p.m. Dry, windy, and unstable weather may delay the Pit Fire lighting. On Saturday morning, students and volunteers will dig the pots out of the coals. Then they will clean and wax the art pieces. Together with other art, these will be displayed and sold at Art in the Park in Sierra Vista.

For more information, go to https://www.cochise.edu/pitfirefestival/ or like the Cochise College Pit Fire Festival Facebook page.

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