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Ozark Potters Guild Exhibition
and Raku Firing Demonstration

Exhibition April 5-27, 2024

Raku Firing Demo/Participation April 20th 9-3pm

Reception April 20th 6-8pm

(rain date April 27th)

The Ozark Potters Guild came to the Creative for an exhibition from April 5-27. They also demonstrated Raku firing technique on site April 20th, and WE were able to  participate! We had on-hand some unglazed pottery created by these amazing artists for participants to glaze themselves, watch it be fired, and take home a souvenir! The Exhibition, Demonstration and Reception were all open to the public and Free!  Turnout was great!

The Ozark Potters Guild works with the Steelville Arts Council, creating events and local activities to share art and educate people about clay processes!

Rosie - the wood fired kiln at the Bowness home where they all join together to fire. 

A taste of our Raku firing demonstration

The artists featured in the Exhibition (left to right):

Mickey, Rob, Kate, Jamie, and Julie, with Rosie firing behind them. 

Mickey Allen

Mickey lives and works in East Central Missouri.

Her unique sgraffito technique along with her masterful skill at using this makes her work stand alone. You will never see anything like it.  

See more about Mickey at Best of Missouri Hands:

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Rob Bowness

Rob spent his career as a High School art teacher in Steelville. Currently retired, he spends time making fine pottery in his home studio in Rural Steelville. Being the owner and chief operator of “ROSIE” a large groundhog wood fire kiln, Rob invites fellow potters to fire their wares and aid in firing Rosie which can mean chucking in wood and monitoring temperatures for 30-40 hours straight!

Check out his work at


And see these amazingly beautiful forms that feel like they come straight from mother earth.

Julie Brand

Julie Brand, who lives and works in Cuba Missouri, is another potter featured in the Exhibition of the Ozark Potters Guild.


Julie’s whimsical views from her observations and thoughts are expressed delicately in underglaze paintings on her mid fire stoneware works. These pieces are fantasy and reality all rolled into one beautiful package.  I’ll dare you to walk by them without taking a second look! 


See more about Julie at