In-person course
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Raku - learn the exciting art of rapid Japanese glaze firing



Raku is the ancient Japanese art of rapid glaze firing. You will learn how to achieve a variety of amazing and unique effects on your ceramic objects, pots and bowls etc. A variety of experimental approaches including Naked Raku will be on offer during the day course. Unlike conventional firing techniques, traditional Raku pulls ceramic objects from the kiln at temperatures of up to 1,000 degrees centigrade. Conventionally the pots are then immediately placed in combustible materials before being dramatically plunged into water to freeze the interesting surface effects. Other methods simply allow the pieces to cool or use a combination of smoking and cooling. These techniques lead to somewhat unpredictable outcomes which makes Raku so appealing and engaging. We usually have 6 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.

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. Alternatively you may be interested in our "Making Mornings" aimed specifically at those who do not have the facilities to create and fire work at home in readiness for a Raku experience. You are also invited to bring some of your own pots along to go through the Raku process providing they are made from a suitable clay to withstand the process. The day normally includes 3 glaze firings and at least one naked Raku technique as seen on the T.V. Pottery Throwdown.


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts




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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Hen dos
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Weekends
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6 Station Road, , Kings Cliffe, Peterborough, Northamptonshire, PE8 6XP