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Experience the Japanese art of raku using fire and flame


About the Course

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.

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, no minimum number. The course will be held from March to September to avoid cold/freezing weather as it is held outside.

The day starts at 10.30 and finishes at approximately 4.30.

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, 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 you can remove them from the bin, the pots are still very hot at this stage, but can be plunged into cold water before cleaning...

When the pots are ready to be removed from the water bath the carbon is scrubbed off, revealing the beautiful glazed pot, each piece will be unique, revealing wonderful copper flashes, vibrant turquoise or blue colours. Maybe you will choose to glaze your pot in a white crackle glaze. Each Raku firing will produce many different effects, depending on the glaze you’ve chosen, the type of combustible material used and even the weather on the day will influence the outcome.

The day starts with a short introductory talk about safety, history and techniques, over coffee and biscuits.

The kiln will be started slowly and after your first pots have been glazed they will be placed into the kiln and the process begins.

Please wear old clothes, this is a smokey environment. Make sure any long hair is tied back and wear enclosed shoes.

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?

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.


Janet Gale at Gone To Pot Ceramics
Spindleberry Pottery
Spindleberry, Pine Avenue
GU15 2LY
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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!

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