Workshops run by potters Mark Compton and Kirsteen Holuj who have 10 years experience running raku workshops. We are happy to share all information on how to build, fire kilns and make up glaze recipes. Workshops take place in the grounds of Westbury Arts Centre in Milton Keynes where Mark and Kirsteen both have their pottery studios.
The one day workshops run monthly from April to October. For dates please get in touch.
We cater for all levels of ability from complete beginners to advanced students - bisque fired pots/dishes can be bought on the day at £5 each or you can bring up to 8 pieces of your own biscuit fired work (depending on the size), so even if you do not have any pottery experience you will have a great day and take home some beautiful raku fired pots!
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 into a nest of sawdust and covered with a metal cover - creating a reduction chamber. This reduction atmosphere changes the molten glaze to produce the most wonderful colourful, lustrous crackle glazes which are associated with Raku Pottery. Raku firing is one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery!!!
Raku workshops take place outside and therefore are dependent on no high winds or lashing rain.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tools and glaze materials plus tea, coffee and cakes are included but please bring your own packed lunch.
7 hours (10:00am to 5:00pm)
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7 hours (10:00am to 5:00pm)
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A lovely day of inspiring raku firing and I'm really pleased with my pots. The location at Westbury Arts Centre is great too. Kirsteen and Mark were a great team. Together, they kept us all learning in a fun way and entertained the whole day. Many thanks both.
Thank you for a fabulous day. It was something that we both wanted to do and we couldn't have been more pleased and excited about what we think we achieved. Mark and Kirsteen are terrific teachers and guided us through the raku process. We were impressed with the safety aspect which was unobtrusive but thorough.
We can't wait to have another "go"!
Thank you Mark and Kirsteen for an amazing day learning the magic of raku firing! We couldn't have hoped for better teachers, they are both very approachable and knowledgable. They talked us through the process very clearly and we were able to put designs on pots that came out better than we ever expected. It was inspiring to see their working studios and the soda kiln they have built. We would highly recommend this course for a great fun, creative day! Thank you.
What a fantastic day. Mark and Kirsteen are great teachers, imparting all the mysteries of Raku firing with flair. They were a wealth of knowledge and advice on glazes was excellent. For anyone wanting to understand the Raku process or the beginner who would like to venture into glazing techniques and Raku firing this a must course. I cannot recommend this course enough. I came away with some fantastic Raku fired pots and am chuffed to bits.