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Raku glazing courses, classes and workshops are taught all across the UK. Raku ware is a type of Japanese pottery. Want to learn the art of raku glazing and firing? Work alongside experienced potters and ceramicists to learn this beautiful and ancient traditional craft.

Next course on 20th August 2017
A fun afternoon which will see you experimenting with glazes and experiencing the amazing thrill and magic of the Raku firing. No previous ceramics knowledge is required as bisque fired pots will be provided ready to glaze. This outdoor method of firing is very immediate so you will be able to see your glazed pots emerge from the kiln only moments after you have offered them to the heat. Rich results are possible with this...
Raku Days..... With Jane Malvisi 2nd Saturday of each month. Microwave Raku Luster Raku Slip resist drawing in smoke making glazes building test kilns and some making to fire in Raku Full Clay Days are also available - throwing lessons included. Please contact for further details. £15 Pottery Classes run every Tuesday, and Wednesday (other days can be arranged) 11:00am – 1:00pm 2:00pm – 4:00pm 6:00pm – 8:00pm Jane is a local potter with over...
Workshops run by potters Mark Compton and Kirsteen Holuj What is Raku? Raku is a pottery firing process developed in 16th century Japan for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside where they remain for about half an hour until the glazes have melted at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. The pieces are then removed from the gas fired kiln with long Raku tongs, put...
Next course on 23rd August 2017
Click through above to see our website and browse our full 2017 course programme. Come and enjoy experimenting with the ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing raku. Exciting and fast moving – raku is irresistible and highly in vogue at present. Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. Tutor Dave Norman...
Our aim is to develop your potting skills, decorative techniques, glazing and firing skills. We endeavour to foster an appreciation of form, its subtleties and variations, and develop an awareness of the long history and richness of pottery. All this in an enjoyable atmosphere, where the experience of the routine in a working pottery and our "from the ground up" way of doing things will ensure you go away with a sense of achievement. We...
Raku Ceramics Masterclass 10am - 4pm This intensive 4 day course is an excellent introduction to hand built Raku ceramics. Make hand built pinched and coiled pots and bowls from clay. Benefit from tried and tested techniques to create striking raku fired ceramics. Join Catherine Lucktaylor in her new studio in the beautiful setting of Bejowans Farm, nestled amidst the wild beauty of rural West Cornwall and discover the secret to successful Raku fired ceramics....
Next course on 17th September 2017
LEARN WHEEL THROWING BASICS This 2.5 hour wheel thrown pottery introduction gets you hands-on and dirty learning wheel throwing pottery basics. (Patrick Swayze not included). Each student will have their own wheel to work from and following a masterful tutor demonstration its straight down to practice. Our tutors include Nam Tram and Clover from the recent series of The Great Pottery Throwdown, expect to be impressed. Support will be on hand as you try to...
Techniques include burnishing and the use of terra sigilatta, naked and horsehair/feather raku, ferric fuming, and saggars.The workshop is most suitable for participants with at least a basic experience of working with clay who want to know more about these 'alternative' techniques. The 'Original' workshop is not primarily aimed at producing finished work but intended to give participants experience of different methods of achieving surface markings which they can then employ in their own work....
Raku ware is a type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, most often in the form of chawan tea bowls. Raku Firing is a process in which ceramic work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials, which blackens raw clay and causes crazing in the glaze surface. This Western raku firing process has a huge...
Next course on 20th September 2017
Our enthusiastic tutors will cover a variety of handbuild techniques including throwing, pinching, coiling and slab building: starting from the basics and gradually covering more advanced techniques. Come with ideas or let our tutors inspire with ideas such as tea pot making, plate making, plant holders and more. During this 10 week class, you’ll also get to trial the wheel. We’ll show you how to pull a professional handle and basic glazing techniques.