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Artist of the Year

Lillian Rubin


Our Artist of the Year is Lillian Rubin! We are proud to recognize Lillian and her dedication to the Art Center for the past 45 years. Please join us in honoring Lillian on Friday, Oct 12 at our Annual Meeting Fundraiser, A piece of our heART. Tickets are available at the Art Center or from any board member.

Come to our Gallery Lounge Friday, October 19th from 6-8pm to get 10% off all of her artwork! Aaron Stevens will be playing live music and wine, beer, and charcuterie boards will be available for purchase.

About Lillian:

The Art Guild of Burlington bought their first building in 1973. Shortly after we cleaned it up I was asked to teach a Macramé class. We soon added drawing and painting. The Macramé lasted for about 3 years before the fad went out as fast as it came in. We needed something else and were able to get an old kiln the were discarding at the High School. We went through several teachers in the next few years, but they all moved on to pursue other interests. I was able to take over then and have been teaching and making pots ever since. I bought my own wheel and learned to throw on my own.

In 1984 we had Chuck Hines and Reagan Yoder from the University of Iowa build us a gas reduction kiln, and in 1990 we added a Raku kiln. When the Art Guild moved to the new building, I was able to use the two kilns for 5 years in return for gardening.

Several years ago, the building was sold and I had to move the kilns. I contacted John Bybee who was planning on building a wood kiln on his property north of town. Shelter buildings were built and kiln locations decided. We were unable to rebuild the Raku kiln as it had been, but we instead purchased a manufactured on with the help of the Burlington Fine Arts League. We are presently in the process of building a wood fired kiln.

I now fire Raku pots twice a year in the new kiln. We also do private parties for groups and schools.

My pots can be seen on my Facebook page under Lillian’s pots.