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Clay competition returns

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Lincoln Arts & Culture Foundation hosts the annual Teams of Clay competition April 15 at Beermann Plaza in downtown Lincoln. This annual event helps to kick off the 24th year of Feats of Clay. The competition is open to teams who will have 15 minutes to create a “work of art” in clay, provided by Gladding, McBean. Teams of Clay begins at 11:30 a.m. in front of the fountain and is open to any business. Entry fee is $25 per team. The month-long Feats of Clay opens with a gala celebration on April 30. Lincoln’s annual ceramic competition is at the historic Gladding, McBean terra cotta factory. The reception, with the theme of “Mardi Gras, A Celebration of the Arts,” provides a first look at the exhibition, live music, food catered by The Club Car and a no-host bar. Admission is $25 per person. The menu features pecan, bacon and Mascarpone Crostini, Mardi Gras green salad, barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, Cajun shrimp, sweet and spicy meatballs, chicken Madiera and pecan pie. Docent-led tours of the 136-year old Gladding, McBean Terra Cotta plant are available May 4 through May 30. Tours weave through the operating factory with half of the exhibition displayed in a “beehive” kiln. The remainder, an exhibit of molds and work done at the plant as well as photo murals, made from original glass and film negatives of the plant, is a 120-year-old-wooden freight elevator ride away. Tours are $12 per person and reservations are required.