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Blue Connection will highlight pit firing and primitive techniques as part of its November After 5 Live event on Friday, Nov. 1. The event will showcase the products of Jim Schietinger, Millikin University professor of art, and Millikin ceramic students. The process will be documented and displayed along with the products at Blue Connection's gallery. In addition to the ceramic displays for the night, Annette Russo, Millikin assistant professor of art, and Millikin art therapy students will be holding family clay-based activities in the classroom at the Decatur Area Arts Council. The November After 5 Live event is from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Blue Connection's location in downtown Decatur, Ill. The event is free and open to the public.

The After 5 Live event was planned and developed by Jim Schietinger as a way to demonstrate ancient pit firing and decorative techniques to students, and to document and share the fascinating process with the community.

"Once you set fire to the pit, you just never know what is going to come out of it," said Schietinger. "We use horsehair and sawdust to set the stage for the decorations, but how they will chemically react to the heat of the fire is an unknown. The artist's anticipation is palpable."

Briana Stephens, a senior entrepreneurship major from Macon, Ill., and student manager at Blue Connection says, "Ceramics are part of the culture at Blue Connection. We have enjoyed working with clients as they select pieces for their homes or as gifts." All pieces will be available for purchase at the event and throughout the month of November.

Additionally, Millikin's art therapy students will be hosting a family friendly activity in collaboration with the Arts Council. Families with children of all ages are encouraged to come to the Gallery Walk and the After 5 Live event where they will not only get to see the finished products of the pit firing, but also make clay-based art themselves.

Millikin's Arts & Entrepreneurship Program (A&E) provides performance-based business opportunities for students to practice self-employment. Blue Connection utilizes student-run ventures to provide students live practice in developing, launching, and growing a business.

The November After 5 Live event – Ceramics: Pit Firing and Primitive Techniques - will be held Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Blue Connection, located at 117 N. Water St. in downtown Decatur. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by Katz and Lock, Stock, and Barrel.

For further information on Millikin University's Blue Connection visit www.millikin.edu/blueconnection or contact the gallery at 217.428.0112.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
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