Studio 5
The Walled Garden
Long Lane, Wrington,

North Somerset,
Bristol
BS40 5SA

 

 














 
Two Day Raku Courses


This two day course is run over two consecutive Sundays - the first is all about making and the second is focused on decorating and dramatic outdoor firings, based on the ancient Japanese raku technique.

During the making day students will be introduced to a variety of techniques including throwing on the wheel and handbuilding. More experienced potters can work on their own projects, but smaller simpler items work best.

 



The firing day starts with decoration and glazing, followed by outdoor firing in a gas kiln. At 1000 degrees the red hot pieces are lifted out and plunged into a bed of sawdust. It's in the reduced atmosphere of burning sawdust that the magic happens - the sudden change in temperature causes the molten glaze to crackle and the carbon in the smoke cases the unglazed areas to blacken. This firing technique can also produce some stunning metallic surfaces, especially using a copper glaze.

As a new addition to the course, students are now also welcome to try naked raku, a technique using clay slip rather than glaze to produce a dramatic smoked matt crackle effect.

The final step is to plunge the blackened pots into cold water and fish them out for cleaning. It’s only at this stage that the final results are revealed. Expect to get very hands on!

By the end of the course you will have made, decorated, fired and cleaned around 8 -10 pieces which you’ll be able to take home with you at the end of the second day.

Day one runs from 10am - 4.30pm.

Day two starts at 10am and usually finishes by 6pm, depending on how many firings we do. We spend most of the day outside and around hot kilns and sawdust so closed footware and old outdoor clothing are recommended. Please note - you will need to bring a packed lunch and your own drinks on both days.

 

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