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 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 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. On the day, you will see Richard in action, demonstrating the art and then you will learn these techniques through hands on experience.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
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. 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.
Raku firing is quite a spectacle to behold. Under normal circumstances 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 time is a great opportunity to ask questions and discuss ceramics with like-minded people. Please bring your own lunch during these restricted times. Social distancing measures will be in place and you encouraged to bring a mask and gloves with you.
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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)