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Raku - learn the exciting art of rapid Japanese glaze firing

Duration: one day

Price: £70

Run by: Richard Gibson
at Potterydayz


6 Station Road
Kings Cliffe

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About the Course

Raku is the ancient Japanese art of rapid glaze firing. You will learn how to achieve the most amazing and unique glaze patterns on your ceramic objects , pots and bowls etc, using this unusual technique. Unlike conventional firing techniques, Raku is a firing technique that pulls ceramic objects from the kiln at temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees centigrade. The pots are then immediately placed in combustible materials before being dramatically plunged into water to freeze the interesting surface designs that are created by this method. You will be blown away by the fabulous effects that you can achieve. It is the unpredictability of the outcomes that make Raku so appealing and engaging.

We usually have between 5-8 people on our course and the whole experience is friendly, intimate and very uplifting. Richard is an expert in the mysterious art of Raku and he has taught thousands of people over the years, so you are learning from a master potter and specialist. On the day, you will see Richard in action, demonstrating the art and then you will learn these techniques through hands on experience.

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?

Everything you require is included in the price. You will be supplied with pots to decorate with glazes and oxides before firing them and you may, of course, take these away at the end of the day, at no extra cost to show off to your friends and family.

Raku firing is quite a spectacle to behold and totally engrossing so at lunch time we will provide a welcome break of a light lunch of fresh salad, delicious bread baked at our village bakery and cheese and biscuits, so you can catch your breath. Lunch is also a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss ceramics with like-minded people. Feel free to bring your own lunch if you prefer. The day will also provide the opportunity to hand build pots whilst the firing is in progress.
(please bare in mind that this can be a smokey affair)

Want to review this course?

Richard has a wealth of knowledge and passion for pottery and he is very welcoming of everyone! I had no idea what to expect from this course as I have never seen pots fired this way so it was very exciting to see how quickly after painting your pots they were out the kiln and cooling. To be able to take them home the same day was amazing! Can't wait for the opportunity to hone in on this technique again now that I have a better understanding of this type of firing. The lunch was equally as wonderful as the company... I'm vegan which I let Richard and his partner know beforehand and they were very understanding and accommodating. I will definitely be doing other courses with Richard and I highly recommend others do the same :)

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 12th May 2019
Sunday 16th June 2019
Sunday 14th July 2019
Sunday 11th August 2019
Sunday 15th September 2019
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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