Course Provider: M & K Raku Workshops
Contact Name: Kirsteen Holuj
Telephone: 07709 055657
Westbury Arts Centre
Course Length: one day
5 star rating, 4 reviewers.
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 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!!!
For course dates please get in touch. They run monthly from April to October.
We cater for all levels of ability from complete beginners to advanced students - bisque fired pots/dishes can be bought on the day at £3 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!
Workshops cost £80 and run from 10am - 5pm. Tea, coffee and cakes are included but please bring your own packed lunch. Raku workshops take place outside and therefore are dependent on no high winds or lashing rain.
What's included in the price?
All tools and glaze materials are included plus all hot drinks and cake.
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