Raku is an ancient Japanese craft using a technique which enables you to glaze the work, fire and take home unique and beautifully finished pots in one day.
On this course you will be able to choose at least three bisque fired pots to glaze and fire in the Raku kiln. You will be encouraged to fully participate in every process, glazing, placing the pots in the hot kiln and observing carefully until the kiln reaches the correct temperature and then removing your pieces and placing them into a bin of combustible materials for reduction. Once the pots have been in the reduction bin for approximately 45 minutes they are removed from the bin, the pots are still very hot at this stage, but can be plunged into cold water before cleaning and ready to go home with you.
We try and have three firings during the day to enable everyone to experience the process fully.
This course is held in Camberley, Surrey and is a joint venture between Gone To Pot Ceramics and Spindleberry Pottery.
Janet has been giving private pottery throwing lessons for several years, at her studio in Farnham. She produces functional stoneware pottery in blue and green glaze, sculpts figures and animals and has a love of working in porcelain.
Suzanne is a very experienced teacher, tutoring pottery to special needs students until her recent retirement from the profession. She now has the time to concentrate on her love of pottery, teaching private students and runs a local U3A pottery group. Working with fused glass is another one of her skill sets.
Alan, (Janet’s husband) has a background in the building industry. He has designed and built the raku kiln to meet our needs and desire to have our own purpose built kiln that would suit our specification. Over the course of time the kiln has been adapted to improve the air flow.
Suzanne, Janet, and Alan, will guide you through every process, explaining each step and helping you along the way.
This course is limited to a maximum of 6 people, minimum number two. The courses will be held from March to October to avoid cold/freezing weather as it is held outside.
The day starts at 10.30 and finishes at approximately 4.30.
Please wear old clothes, this is a smokey environment. Make sure any long hair is tied back and wear enclosed shoes.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
At least 3 bisque fired pots and a choice of glazes. If you wish you may bring your own bisque fired pieces.
Tea, coffee, soft drink and biscuits are available throughout the day.
Light lunch is provided (sandwiches, tomatoes, savoury snacks, a selection of fruit and choice of cakes). Please let us know of any special dietary requirements.
1 day (10:30am to 4:30pm)
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A thoroughly enjoyable day that exceeded expectations. Held in a wonderful setting, this is great introduction to Raku and no previous pottery experience is required! Suzanne and Janet are extremely knowledgeable and skilled. I highly recommend the day, it made for a fantastic birthday treat. Thank you Suzanne, Janet & Alan.
Response from Gone To Pot Ceramics:Thank you Jules - so glad you enjoyed the day. It was lovely to meet you both and glad you went home with some lovely pots.
The Raku course I attended yesterday, in Susanne’s beautiful garden, was a revelation and an inspiration. Raku was not something I would have ever thought of doing, but as an inspired Birthday gift, it was a delightful day. The two ladies, Janet and Susanne, who run the course were welcoming and presented the art of Raku in a very accessible way for an inexperienced student. Everything was explained very clearly and I was involved in the whole process from choosing and applying the glazes, to putting the pots into the kiln, then removing them into sawdust filled dustbins. Lunch and drinks were provided and the whole day was quite magical, especially when i was able to return home with the beautifully glazed pots I had made. A thouroughly lovely day. Thank you to you all.
Response from Gone To Pot Ceramics:Hi Janice, thank you so much for your kind review. If you think there is anything at all we can improve on please let me know. We are always trying to make the day the best we can. If ever you want to try and make a pot yourself please get in touch. So lovely to meet you we all enjoyed the day too! despite it being so hot. Kind regards Janet
Outstanding course. We enjoyed every minute of it! Janet, Suzanne and Alan were excellent teachers and lovely people, having built their kiln and mixed their glazes themselves. We left with a bunch of beautiful pots. We couldnt recommend it enough!