Raku day



What is Raku?
The Raku pottery tradition originated in Japan in the 16th century.
With its dramatic mix of earth, fire, air and water raku firing is an exciting approach to pottery, with very instant results.
In raku, pottery is glazed with special oxides and glazes. The pots are removed from the kiln when red hot. They’re cooled rapidly, often in combustible material like sawdust or paper, and then plunged into water. The effects and colours can be dramatic and beautiful, and you’re never quite sure what’s going to come out of the kiln. There are so many glaze/oxide combinations and variables that you may discover an effect never seen before, and every pot is unique!
This all adds to the excitement of Raku pottery.

Optional makers evening
We’ll have an optional makers evening of from 6pm-10pm. You don’t have to come for the full 4 hours, this is just the window that we’ll be there. This will be £45 and include the materials and biscuit firing of 3 pots.
You can also come in any time during the day on any weekdays before the makers evening if you can’t make that date. You can spread 4 hours out to get your 3 pots completed if you wish. Perhaps 2x 2hour sessions.

Please see our other event listings or contact us to book the makers evening.

Raku Day
Then we’ll have the Raku firing day. Arrive from 9:30am onwards ready to start at 10am. The day will end at 4pm. We’ll be running through safety and practicing getting pots in and out the kiln with tongues, and then glazing during the morning. Then we’ll light the kiln whilst you have lunch and be ready for firing in the afternoon. We’ll do 3 firings and you’ll each have a pot in each firing.
This will be £90 for the day. You can sign up to this without doing the makers evening if you have your own pots to bring.
People making their own pots will need to ensure they’re not too big, as you’ll need to hold them at arms length with tongues. This will also mean there’s enough kiln space for everyone to get a pot in each firing.
You’ll also want to make them out of a suitable clay. We can supply the clay and biscuit fire them if needed, this can be arranged if you let us know.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.


Bob & Joe Stafford at The Shire Workshops

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Wilbarston, Market Harborough

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6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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