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Raku - learn the exciting art of rapid Japanese glaze firing

Copper reduction and crackle white

Duration: One day

Price: £75

Contact: Richard Gibson at Potterydayz

6 Station Road
Kings Cliffe, Peterborough
Northamptonshire
PE8 6XP
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Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Sunday 31st May 2020
Sunday 28th June 2020
Sunday 12th July 2020
Sunday 26th July 2020
Sunday 13th September 2020
Sunday 11th October 2020

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.

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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?

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.

- - #25302

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.

- - #23541

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.

- - #23393

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.

- - #22789

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.

- - #22252

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 :)

- - #16196

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