Events Calendar

Saturday, July 14 2018

July 14, 2018 - 10:00am - 4:00pm

Raku with Katheryn Corbin

Sessions: Saturday, June 2 & Saturday, July 14, 2018. Sessions are standalone; sign up for any one. If you'd like to develop more skills/projects, sign up for multiple sessions.
Fee: $85/$75 members (all materials included)
Registration: Space is limited, advance registration required. The July 14 session is full.

In the past, Native Americans probably made clay vessels on what are now the grounds of Lynden. In these pre-glaze days, pots were sealed by rubbing river mud into the surfaces, keeping the goodness in the container. We will spend a day at Lynden with artist-in-residence Katheryn Corbin forming vessels using traditional techniques: pinching, coiling, and smoothing. Instead of river mud, we will use sigillata, a form of deflocculated clay to seal our pots. The pieces will sun dry and will be sawdust fired, replicating early wood firing.The blackened surfaces result from the smoke and the clay absorbing carbon. This 'reduction' atmosphere is popular today in raku reduction firing.

Bring a bag lunch and beverages and dress for studio work as well as the outdoors. We’ll be making use of Lynden’s 40 beautiful acres during our breaks, weather permitting.

Attendance at sawdust firing voluntary, but you will need to return at a later date to pick up your pots.

About Katheryn Corbin

Katheryn Corbin is a painter, potter, and figure sculptor. She offers a series of workshops based on Native American ceramic practices. Pots and figures have both been a part of Corbin's studio practice and teaching. Drawing and painting are important elements in each discipline, and her clay pieces are informed by the complementary processes of working with clay as vessel and as figure. Corbin is interested in historical developments in clay and variations across cultures, and she often explores different firing techniques and glaze surfaces. She has taught at all levels from elementary school through adult at the Evanston Arts Center in Evanston, IL; the Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI; the Milwaukee Art Museum; the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design; and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her exhibition, Migrant, is on view at the Lynden Scupture Garden, February 25-May 27, 2018.

July 14, 2018 - 10:30am - July 15, 2018 - 4:00pm

Lynden Project July—First Weekend_2
Ninety three-year-old Mr. Williams at Alice’s Garden, directing the planting of peanuts in his “Forever Garden” plot.

Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Chef and food scholar Scott Barton and artist-in-residence Portia Cobb continue their joint exploration of Diaspora legacies through food and foodways in a weekend of activities related to Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities and Lizzie’s Garden.

In Barton’s first mini-residency, they will engage a small group of elders in discussions about land, gardening, migration, and food. Together they will share recipes, prepare foods, and preserve vegetables from Lizzie’s Garden (okra pickles, canned collard greens, chow-chow—or whatever is in season). Some of these activities will be open to the public (see below), and will provide opportunities for talking, tasting, and watching food demos. Others will be documented in videos that will be shared at a future date.

Saturday, July 14, 2018
10:30-11:30 am - A Garden and Culinary Conversation with Our Elders
Chef and food scholar Scott Barton and artist-in-residence Portia Cobb talk story about the land and Lizzie by taking you on a tour of Lizzie’s Garden and Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities. Then, joined by local elders on the porch of the cabinet, Cobb and Barton lead an informal discussion about gardening, migration, and Diaspora legacies through food/foodways.

3:15-4 pm - Food Tasting and Informal Storytelling
Stop by before Kavon Cortez Jones’s Performance on the Porch to taste the fruits of the day’s preserving and share stories about food and foodways. Bring your recipes and food traditions for okra, cabbage, collard greens, tomato, cucumber, cowpeas, peppers, herbs, sweet potato, or peanuts (goobers)—the vegetables growing in Lizzie’s Garden.

Sunday, July 15, 2018
2-3 pm - Vegetable Preserving Demo
Scott Barton demonstrates a preserving technique for vegetables from Lizzie’s Garden.

3-4 pm - Food Tasting and Informal Storytelling
Taste, talk, share stories and recipes for okra, cabbage, collard greens, tomato, cucumber, cowpeas, peppers, herbs, sweet potato, or peanuts (goobers)—the vegetables growing in Lizzie’s Garden.

July 14, 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Fee: $15/$10 members
Registration: Register online or by phone at 414-446-8794, or at the front desk day-of.

This series of workshops takes a broad view of what it means to garden. Whether you consider yourself a backyard gardener, a forager, a farmer, or a steward of the land, the Garden Series will have something for you. From formal garden design to identifying and learning to use wild growing plants, we span a range of techniques and philosophies. Because of the range of subjects covered, these classes can be enjoyed by new and experienced gardeners alike.

Stroll Lynden’s grounds with herbalist Kyle Denton and discover the summer bounty of plants found in the wilds of southeast Wisconsin. Inside, we’ll prepare the healing herbs we forage, sample them, and discuss their taste and energetic qualities. Drawing on folklore, ancient wisdom, plant identification, and science, Denton will expand your understanding of our relationship to the natural world.

About Kyle Denton
Kyle Denton is an herbalist and owner of Tippecanoe Herbs and Apothecary, a local clinical herbal practice and medicine-making company. Denton applies his knowledge of Ayurveda and traditional Western herbalism by creating herbal medicine preparations from locally wildcrafted plants; teaching courses; and offering clinical consultations.

July 14, 2018 - 4:00pm


Free to members or with admission to the sculpture garden.

Local poet, storyteller, and performing artist Kavon Cortez Jones will deliver some of his iconic monologues about his Milwaukee love from the porch of Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities. KJ will take you around our beautiful city from the top of the U.S. Bank building to the Fuel Cafe, Var Gallery, across the 16th Street Bridge, skylarked on Lake Michigan's shore, to Reservoir Park where he wishes to leave Milwaukee. Kavon Cortez Jones invites you to be amazed by the voice and gestural dynamics of a young performer. This is a Call and Response event.

About the Artist
Kavon Cortez Jones is a Milwaukee homegrown writer, storyteller, biker, and actor. Jones leads bike rides with local muralist Ammar Nsoroma and the Red Bike & Green's Milwaukee Chapter. He performs in Quasimondo Theatre's avant-garde productions, and visits schools city-wide to facilitate poetry workshops. Jones self-published his debut poetry book, Club Noir, on September 26, 2016, his 22nd birthday. The young scribe has sold over 600 copies since with no book release party or bookstore purchases. Instead, he meets with friends and colleagues in coffee shops, Fuel Cafe, Rochambo for a fulfilling in-person exchange. Now, at 23, he is transitioning out of his Club Noir writing phase to the “Essence of Cool” era. The Essence of Cool will be the title of a second full-length poetry book to be released, September 26th, 2020, his golden birthday. The next couple years for Kavon Cortez Jones will be centered around “Carpe Diem,” being more fearless, simply a celebration of life. Visit his Facebook page to learn more.

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