Raku Glazing & Firing Workshop


Duration: 3hours

Price: £50

Run by: Geraldine Francis/Sue Whelan
at Fired Thoughts Arts Studio

01380 840666

Unit 11 The Old Potato Yard
Lydeway
Devizes
Devizes
Wiltshire
SN103PU

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About the Course

We unexpectedly have a Raku session available on 14th October. Enjoy and experience the wonderful and the magical Raku firing at Fired Thoughts, Ceramics at its most awe inspiring you will spend a morning decorating pots to be offered to the fire.

Once decorated you will be able to view your pots going through the firing process and then see them emerge from the fire with the glaze in its molten state. You will witness the transformation of colours and textures as each piece is placed in the reduction bin.

No experience is necessary to enjoy this course as we provide the bisque ware for you to glaze, just come with an open heart and the magic will follow!

Students may make or bring their own pots to offer to the firing (please arrange before hand). There is also the option to attend the studio a few weeks before the raku firing to make your own pots if you wish, this needs to be booked separately. Please note that this is an outdoor firing and is weather dependent. Please check on day if in doubt, students will be offered alternative days/times if the firing is cancelled owing to bad weather.

Your tutors are highly skilled practitioners who have had many years of teaching experience, Their own work is on display and for sale at the studio, both have teaching qualifications and have worked as Artists in Residence with various organisations.
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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 materials are included; 3 pots for firing & glazes

We provide refreshments throughout the day.

We are happy to offer information on B&B, hotels and camping sites nearby should you wish to extend your stay and explore the stunning Wiltshire landscape and historic monuments.

If you want to book a particular date not on our list for a group, or you can't do Sundays then do ask for details, we are happy to tailor courses to your requirements.

Sorry Adults Only on this course (18+)



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Such an enjoyable few hours learning about the ancient art of Raku. Geri and Sue were really knowledgable and great teachers. I would definitely recommend, and hope to repeat the course in the future.

- - #16476

Response from Fired Thoughts Arts Studio:

Thankyou for the review Kate, So pleased you enjoyed the session, Now you know how it all works you could offer your own work to the Raku next time.

Big thanks to Sue and Geri for an excellent introduction to Raku firing. We each glazed 3 pieces of bisque pottery, experimenting with a wide range of colours and designs. Observing the glazing and reduction process was very interesting, and then we all compared our surprising and pleasing end results. I now want to learn a lot more about Raku and perhaps set up my own Raku kiln. It was a fun day of learning which I can thoroughly recommend.

- - #15955

Response from Fired Thoughts Arts Studio:

Duncan, we are very pleased that you enjoyed the Raku Workshop and want to continue exploring this method of firing ceramics. We are happy to give you advice and help as an when you need.

Really warm and friendly welcome with an interesting peek into the history of Raku, before discussing the order of the day.
Plenty of help and advice throughout the workshop, ensuring we all had a good time and got the best results possible.
Came home with 3 amazing pieces to be proud of and can’t wait to go back for more.

- - #15943

Response from Fired Thoughts Arts Studio:

Thank you for reviewing the course, very pleased you enjoyed the session. The next step would be to make your own pots to offer to the "kiln Gods"
See you soon
Best wishes

Geri & Sue

What a brilliant course! I went with an open mind and was encouraged just to give it a go and see what happened. Seeing the results was great fun and I love the way the pots turned out. The colours are brilliant and they make me smile whenever I look at them. Thanks both.

- - #15008

Thanks guys – I had a really good time dabbling with the different glazes. The kiln was most enteraining!

- - #15007

I spent a wonderful afternoon learning about Raku with Sue and Geri. They are wonderfully organised, friendly and encouraging and I am delighted with the three completed pots I made. The structure of the day was very clear, and the site was organised so that everyone had space and materials to work. The explanation of what we should do and how to be creative with our pots was so helpful, and their warm encouragement led everyone to produce some beautiful work. Generous with their time, teaching, anecdotes and tea, I thoroughly recommend this course.

- - #14964

Response from Fired Thoughts Arts Studio:

Thank you for your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed the course and wish you many wonderful creative days in the future, happy making!

L❤VED IT! Both Geri & Sue were both extremely knowledgable and great at explaining things in layman terms. I learnt loads and 'created' quite a bit too. We over ran by an hour as we were so enthused but we felt no pressure to leave. 10/10 for enjoyment, education and value for money. I will definitely return at some point to do more and, can highly recommend this day particularly, if spent with friends plus, there's a great farm-shop next door for a tasty picnic lunch.

- - #12967

Such a lovely way to spend a Sunday. Thoroughly enjoyed our day. Very informative and pleased with the results too! Thank you.

- - #12944

Great introduction to Raku. I would take this again to build upon knowledge learned. Sue and Gerry are great teachers and mentors in all aspects of clay and pots. A truly fun afternoon!

- - #10252

As a complete beginner to pottery courses I quickly felt comfortable in our group of five students. Bisque pots were provided for us, together with a good variety of glazes. It was fun to experiment with dipping and brushing on. Geri and Sue explained how the metal oxides could create quite unpredictable effects. We watched our pots emerge from the dramatic raku process, and scrubbed them to reveal beautiful metallic glints and subtle crackle colours. We each went home with three pots, each completely different, all with an other-worldly beauty to them. I loved the whole process and have now signed up for Fired Thoughts’ basic pottery course.

- - #9062

Gerry and Sue are brilliant. The taster really gives you a great idea of what you can do with clay and I have since become a regular visitor to the studio working on my own projects.

- - #8089

Attended my first pottery workshop on Sunday as a complete beginner and loved every minute of it. The atmosphere was very welcoming and relaxed, the whole course was very well thought out, prepared and presented to give us maximum experience in the time we had. Very informative with lots of practice using different clays and techniques including throwing a pot on the wheel! Willing help if needed but not intrusive. An excellent introduction for any beginner and will wet the appetite for more!

- - #7566

Just spent a rainy Sunday at the studio and I'm inspired to do more! The Clay Day workshop gave us a great introduction to different materials and methods, and we were able to have a go at several techniques. Highly enjoyable, with a good balance of expert guidance and freedom to develop our own ideas. I'll definitely be back!

- - #7509

Sue and Geri are fabulous. My husband and I first went to fired thoughts to make ceramic tiles for our new house I was soon addicted and wanted to learn to throw. I went back to fired thoughts and cannot express how brilliant they both are. The course became like a little sanctuary for my week. The studio is lovely and well thought out with lots of resources to help you learn. Both Geri and Sue are very knowledgeable and amazing artists in their own right, who strive to continue learning in their own field and that obviously extends into thier teaching. They are patient teachers who nurture and encourage you even if your bowl looks like a plate!

- - #6327

Sue and Geri have helped me use different skills and techniques to complete my projects. I have made bowls, brooches and sculptures of an owl and a turtle. Everyone does totally different work, so it's very interesting to see what's going on. Sue and Geri make me laugh!

- - #5957

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 14th October 2018

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