About the Course
RAKU (happiness through chance)
This fascinating technique originates from Japan and is a fast low firing process with the end results achieved by manipulating chemical and physical properties within the ceramic body and the glaze by introducing the work to different elements during the cooling process. The results that my techniques will give you range from bright crackled glazes through to a deep copper luster set off against the black of unglazed areas.
The workshops are held at The Phoenix Studio, Towersey, Oxon
Outline Plan of the Day
I always start the workshop with a ‘get to know’ each other session that gives us all chance to get to know each other, this will comprise of:-
About the raku firing and my technique
Prepare glazes (if not already done)
About glazes (colors, effects, warnings, how to use)
Tools and tips (masking, waxing etc.)
Introduction to the kiln(s) (construction, features, kiln safety, general safety)
Turning kilns on low ready for first firings
Q&As about above
Once this is done and we are all ready to start
Experience students can get going
Beginners will be given instruction and guidance
I fire the kiln(s) once enough work is ready – it is not a race and as each firing takes a total of about 50 minutes it’s always good to see the results of the first glaze especially for beginners. Firings will continue afternoon the day as required and I will be available to guide and instruct.
I aim to have the last firing at 3pm so that we can all get together once completed so we can tidy up and we can all review the results of our days firing and everyone has a chance to ask questions.
Participants will need to bring Bisque fired work or small pots and bowls can be supplied at cost that are priced from £5 (please indicate when booking if you will require pieces to fire.
I can assure you, you will enjoy the day and will be inspired by the fantastic firing technique that is RAKU.
This year I will be running three one day back to back workshops (Friday/Saturday and Sunday) for those that can not get enough Raku you can book two days or even three days at a discounted rate - please get in touch for details and prices.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All: Tuition, glazes, firings, light refreshments