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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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.


Richard Gibson at Potterydayz

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6 Station Road
Kings Cliffe, Peterborough

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


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

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eileen laughton - - #39119

It was my daughter who attended the Raku day (a Christmas present). She had a wonderful time and all her pots turned out beautifully! Thank you very much.

Response from Potterydayz:

Thank you for the review- most kind. I am delighted that Lucy had an enjoyable experience, it was a pleasure to Raku with her.

Bethany Chamberlain - - #35157

I had a brilliant Raku day with Potterydayz. Richard is a knowledgeable, passionate and kind teacher. I found the whole Raku process really exciting and fun. Richard is very generous in making 5 vases for us to glaze and fire. I also did a pottery morning which was fun and informative too. I highly recommend Richard's workshops 😊 and I'm looking forward to another Raku day on Sunday!

Response from Potterydayz:

Delighted that you enjoyed the day, Many thanks for the review.
See you again soon

Amber - - #35156

I had a fantastic day at Richards Raku course. Fully recommended, grest value for money!

Whether you're a potter or someone just wanting to try something new, this is the course for you!

Response from Potterydayz:

Lovely to see you in the Raku course Amber. Thank you for the review and I hope to see you again soon.

Tristan MacDougall - - #35022

A great couple of days, lots of fun and learnt a huge amount about raku firing. Looking forward to our next visit in few weeks. Many thanks Richard, from Tristan, Kate and Shaun.

Response from Potterydayz:

Pleased you all enjoyed your pottery experience here, I look forward to seeing you for pottery wheel throwing soon. Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review.

maryanne tank - - #34969

What a great workshop to learn and try out the raku process. Perfect group size so you get to meet and chat with new people and Richard is very encouraging of helping you to create se fabulous outcomes and tellkng you about the history of raku and how some of the of the results are achieved. I have enjoyed this workshop twice now and it really is something different, the bonus being that you come away with unique pots to keep. Cannot wait to join again. THANKS

Response from Potterydayz:

Many thanks for taking the time to review your experience at the raku course recently. I'm glad you enjoyed the experience and the results. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Lisa - - #34883

This is always a fantastic day. I’m a repeat pottery dayz workshopper! Richard is great and we always get amazing raku results with everyone enjoying each other’s creations as much as their own. For creativity, earth, air and fire plus unpredictability, raku is a very well spent Sunday indeed. 😁

Response from Potterydayz:

Huge thanks for the review Lisa- always a pleasure to have you along. See you for another one soon.

Julie - - #34885

Had a smashing day with Richard! I went with my brother and sister to celebrate their birthdays and we had a lovely time learning a completely new craft. Richard was very informative, gave demonstrations for us to follow, and it was very hands on, with participation from all of us (6 on the course). We came away with 5 pots each! Thank you Richard!

Response from Potterydayz:

Hi Julie
Many thanks for taking the time to add a review. A pleasure to meet you all and I am delighted you enjoyed the experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Debbie Foster - - #33427

Fantastic day so many different types of Raku results brilliant Richard so knowledgeable thoroughly recommend to anyone wanting a great day

Response from Potterydayz:

It was a pleasure doing Raku with you Debbie - many thanks for the review. See you again I hope.

Nancy - - #33245

Loved every minute of this course. Richard was an excellent teacher and I learned so much plus came away with some beautiful pieces.

Would highly recommend to anyone who hasn’t tried Raku before and am tempted to go back to do the day again!

Response from Potterydayz:

Thank you very much for the review Nancy and contributing to an exciting day. Look forward to seeing you again.

Alex - - #33243

Fantastic day with, great instructor Richard. Super knowledgeable and enthusiastic. After simple instruction which clearly outlined what was needed, we where off and glazing and slipping. With multiple firings in the day we all came away with some amazing pots. Thoughly recommended.

Response from Potterydayz:

Thanks for helping make this a great day. Was a pleasure to spend time Rakuing with you. Hope to see you again in the future.

Lisa - - #32926

This is was my second raku firing course with Potterydayz and I keep booking more. It’s a brilliant day and the results are spectacular. Richard is a great teacher but no experience needed. The finished pots make wonderful and unique gifts. (If you can part with them!). Highly recommended. 5 stars ⭐️ 😊

Response from Potterydayz:

Thank you Lisa. Delighted you enjoyed the experience and I look forward to seeing you on another course soon. Richard

Kate E - - #32928

Plenty of hands on opportunity to decorate and fire ready made pots. A good pace of getting things done, with down time in between firings to chat and ask questions. A great introduction to firing as we'd never done anything like it before.

Response from Potterydayz:

Thank you for your review Kate- a pleasure to see you and Tom all the way from Cornwall. Hope to see you again if your passing this way.

Hannah Hamilton - - #30612

I have been to Potterydayz twice before for throwing lessons, and I was really impresed by the standard of teaching, so I was really keen to try raku here.

The raku course covers a completely different side of pottery, and it was absolutely fascinating. I absolutely loved it, and Richard's teaching was excellent again. There is the option to visit in advance to make your own pots for the raku firing, but you could also do this as a standalone day - I would recommend making your own for the full experience!

It was a great day, and the other course attendees were lovely. I would thoroughly recommend this course.

Response from Potterydayz:

Thank you for the review Hannah, always a pleasure to see you here at Potterydayz, I am delighted you have enjoyed the different experiences. See you again soon I hope

Sarah Haines - - #30537

As a complete novice I attended two courses with Potterydayz: one to hand craft two cups and a mask and the other to glaze and fire them. I cannot tell you how exciting it is, waiting to find out how the colours turn out after firing. Like children, five fully grown women excitedly waiting to see what our pots would look like. I was the only novice in the group but it didn't matter - it is suitable for experienced potters or complete beginners. Richard is a superb teacher, patient, helpful and extremely knowledgeable. The day flew by and I had, what I thought, were pretty impressive pots, to take home. I would thoroughly recommend you try it.

Response from Potterydayz:

Thank you for the review Sarah, it was a pleasure to spend time making and firing Raku artefacts with you. Hope to see you in the near future.

Sara shepperson - - #30206

What an amazing day myself and my son had on this course! I have always wanted to do it and it didn’t disappoint. Richard is an amazing teacher with a wealth of knowledge and it was fascinating listening to him explain the raku process. Safety was his upmost priority throughout the whole day. We both loved it and would definitely recommend.

Response from Potterydayz:

Really pleased you both enjoyed the experience

Jacki - - #25302

I had a great Raku day with Richard and the group. It was really interesting and I came away with three attractive pots. We had plenty of tea coffee etc and a delicious lunch.

Colleen Williamson - - #23541

My husband and I had a fabulous day with Richard, learning Raku. We had dabbled before but with no success.
The results we got on the day were great and it has given us the confidence to do it again at home. The whole day including the lunch was fantastic.

brenda alvarez-wilkinson - - #23393

Best birthday present ever!
A wonderful experience, I enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life. Relaxing but extremely exciting and inspiring day. Richard is a brilliant, informative encouraging tutor.
Lovely lunch provided by Richard's wife.
I was so so happy with the results of my pieces. I learnt loads and I went home buzzing thinking about when I can come back and do more! Recommended to all my friends, money well spent.
Thank you very much.

Adele, Sharon & Bill - - #22789

We had a brilliant Sunday with Richard learning the art of Raku.
Even with intermittent rain storms, Richard still managed to run the course smoothly.

The 3 of us are complete beginners. Richard was really friendly and able to guide us through which glazes and oxides to experiment with. I think it's great we were left to our own artistic freedom to play around rather than the course being more structured.

After 3 batches in the kiln we all came out with some completely unique and brilliant pieces to take home.

It would have been even better if we'd have made the pottery ourselves previously to have more investment in the pieces - perhaps a 2 day course is a good idea in future?

Also worth noting was that we had a lot of refreshments and a fabulous lunch from his wife, she's amazing too.

Highly recommended.

Nel - - #22252

Couldn't have been happier with my raku firing day. I took my mum as a birthday present and we had a wonderful day. We managed to get four firings in one day and a great bunch of people to enjoy it with. Jackie made a delicious lunch and Richard was absolutely brilliant. We both came away with three beautiful pots and both thought it was exceptional value for money.

Thank you for a great day.

Jodie Sullivan - - #16196

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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