Posts will be thrown, hammers will fly at Parksville Museum

Fire and Forge is a two-day celebration at the Parksville Museum Aug. 19-20

Parksville Museum staff and volunteers are gearing up for a weekend of celebration that will see the popular attraction really heat up, according to a news release from the museum. There will be pots thrown and hammers flying as the new Traditional Crafters-in-Residence Program kicks off.

Parksville Museum, in partnership with some of Vancouver Island’s most talented and well-known artists, is poised to officially launch this exciting new program with a weekend of activity and everyone is invited.

Fire & Forge is a two-day celebration at the museum on Friday, August 19 from 3-8 p.m. and on Saturday, August 20 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. In addition to demonstrations by well-known blacksmith Dave Kasprick and internationally renowned potter Larry Aguilar, clay master Dan Krystalowich will join in with raku and horse hair pottery firings. For anyone who has never witnessed a raku firing, it is a magical transformation of raw clay into unimaginable colours.

Parksville Museum, in keeping with their mandate to preserve Parksville and the area’s past, wants to make sure that past includes tangible and non-tangible collections.

“These crafts are precious reminders of how our predecessors forged a living and the skill involved is something that needs to be protected and preserved,” said Nikki Gervais, executive director. “At Parksville Museum, we recognize the importance of not only keeping these skills alive but offering opportunities for people to see these skills in action and possibly, even learn them for themselves.”

— NEWS Staff/Parskville Museum release