Summer 2016 Raku Courses

Pot being drawn from kiln

Glowing pot coming out of the kiln













Raku firing is a fun and experimental form of ceramics. I will be running two raku courses this summer, one will be an afternoon course of firing your own pieces that you bring along and the other a two day workshop. This will be a mixture demonstrations, looking at surface effects you can get with smoke and resist techniques and building new pieces for a second day of firing

Afternoon of Raku Firings – Saturday 16th July 1pm to 4pm

Bring along your own bisque fired pieces to be glazes and fired in the raku kiln. Dimensions should be no more than 15cm width by 20cm high and limited to 4 items. This allows for everyone to get their work fired. If you are unsure of the suitability of the clay you have used let me know and I can advise you.

Cost £40

Placing in sawdust

Covering with leaf and sawdust mixture












Two day raku class  Saturday 23rd July and Saturday 6th August 10am to 4pm

The first day we will be looking at the different surface effects we can get and trying different types of clay. We will use T material, porcelain paper clay grogged stoneware and crank . As well as using glazes to create crackled and lustres we will experiment with smoke treated surfaces. Burnishing the pots at the leather hard stage increases the ability of the ware to absorb the smoke. We will be using porcelain slip to give a white surface tht contrasts beautifully with the marks made by reduction.  Some of the effects are elusive like dry copper but we will also try to get the rainbow surfaces using this method. All materials are included but bring along some lunch

Cost £125

Raku bowl with copper lustre


Burnished porcelain with horse hair reduction