FireFest Starts Friday

FireFest starts Friday in Star. The three-day FireFest is a celebration of fire and its role in the creation of art. World-renowned artists in ceramics, glass and metal have been invited ot participate, demonstrate, lecture and create sculptures to be installed at the STARworks facility.

Anne Pärtna, David Stuempfle and Andres Allik (l-r) with the "Firebird" sculpture. "Firebird" is a 2-meter tall clay sculpture designed by Estonian artist Anne Pärtna. It is being built by a team of ceramic artists under the direction of artist/kiln builder Andres Allik, from Estonia. It will be fired Sat., May 4, 2013, in a kiln designed by Allik. Once it nears peak temperature, the sculpture will be revealed. (STARworks photo)

Anne Pärtna, David Stuempfle and Andres Allik (l-r) with the “Firebird” sculpture. “Firebird” is a 2-meter tall clay sculpture designed by Estonian artist Anne Pärtna. It is being built by a team of ceramic artists under the direction of artist/kiln builder Andres Allik, from Estonia. It will be fired Sat., May 4, 2013, in a kiln designed by Allik. Once it nears peak temperature, the sculpture will be revealed. (STARworks photo)

Some of the artists are local to central North Carolina, including Anne Pärtna, an Estonian artist who now lives in Seagrove. Pärtna is overseeing the collaborative creation of a six-foot ceramic sculpture called “Firebird”, which will be fired Saturday night and uncovered while it is still red hot.

Other artists from the region will offer demonstrations working with pottery, metal and glass, and hands-on workshops will be available.

Live entertainment and local North Carolina beer will also be offered Friday and Saturday evenings.

FireFest runs May 3-5 at STARworks in Star. Details and volunteer opportunities are available at 910-428-9001 or online at http://www.centralparknc.org.

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