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Alternative firing - naked clay introductory workshop - West Sussex

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About the Course

Suitable for ceramicists with little or no experience of naked clay work or alternative firing techniques who can bring bisqued ware. (Instructions will be provided after booking). 'Naked Clay' means that the finished ceramic pieces are not covered with glaze. All markings come from smoke, fumes, or soluble chemicals.

The two day course will teach you about burnishing, making and using terra sigilatta, and a simple introduction to making and firing a raku kiln. Techniques included will be making and firing a 'mummy' saggar, one-step and two-step naked raku, and horsehair/feather raku. We will not be making any work and the focus will be on decorating and firing techniques. It is hoped that each participant will take home around 6 finished pieces.

John Evans will be leading the workshop assisted by Tom Peterson and Janet Branscombe. John's work using alternative raku naked clay techniques is widely known in the UK and articles about his techniques have featured in 'Ceramic Review', 'Craft and Design' magazine and international publications.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are included but participants on naked clay courses are asked to bring bisqued work.
Tea and coffee are freely available and the price includes a light lunch each full day.

Please contact us if you require details of accommodation.


John Evans at John Evans t/a jev ceramics
Suncroft Studios
Bath Road
West Sussex
BN11 3PA
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In-person course
- - #25350

Fire! Smoke! Naked Clay!
What a stunning workshop.
I learnt so much and can't wait to go on another.
Plus a wonderful lunch and wonderful people.
Linda Keeley

In-person course
- - #21805

I attended the Naked Raku Intensive workshop run over one and a half days. I have done a fair bit of raku in the past but this course just proves that there is always more to you can learn! I was very pleased with the beautiful results we achieved and I have now added ferric chloride and one-step naked raku to the firings that I can try myself. John has the course timing perfect and we were kept busy from start to finish. Everyone was allowed to try the exciting bits including taking the red-hot pots out of the kiln if they wanted to! Very nice people and great food. Highly recommended.

In-person course
- - #21456

Very well planned and delivered course, time was spent very productively and there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions about our individual practice.
The firing process was calm and controlled but at the same time exciting, with fascinating results from a number of different raku processes.
I learnt an enormous amount, both days were very productive and enjoyable in a convivial atmosphere, helped along by excellent food and good company.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this course to anyone at whatever stage of ceramic enquiry they are at, it really was a treat!

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- - #21448

This was an outstanding course and just right for me at this stage in my development. The quality of the materials was excellent. The standard of the teaching was also excellent. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly.
The food and drink was delicious (Moroccan soup, bread, salad, shortbread biscuits and freshly ground coffee).
We had great fun with fire in a safe and well managed environment.

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- - #21445

Convenient location
Good transport links
Shared free parking
Tutors friendly and efficient
Sympathetic to beginners
Reliable, good quality equipment
No hanging around
Companionable lunches

In-person course
- - #20913

John delivered an informative and fun course, expertly covering a variety of naked clay techniques. I am very happy with the results I produced as a complete novice and much enjoyed appraising the work of my fellow attendees. The lunch, both days, was delicious, and it was lovely to chat to such an interesting bunch of potters and our hosts John, Janet & Tom. Thanks for the advice and encouragement, I'll be back! All the best, Cath

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