Saggar and Raku firing weekend workshops in beautiful Devon

Duration: Two days

Price: £190

Run by: Alison West/Abi Higgins
at Alison West Ceramics and Christow Pottery


The Mill
Village Road

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About the Course

This is an intensive firing course, where you will learn how to fire work (your own or provided by us) in saggar and raku firings over two days. The workshop takes place at Abi Higgins Ceramics’ beautiful studio in Christow in Devon and is run by Abi Higgins and Alison West.

Christow is a village in the Teign Valley on the eastern edge of Dartmoor National Park with easy access to Exeter.

The name Raku means ease, pleasure and enjoyment. With its roots in Japan, the technique has altered over the years to produce some of the most interesting and gorgeous effects found in ceramics. Intensely hands on, it is sheer pleasure to experience the low-temperature, fast-firing process which involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials.

Saggar Firing was originally developed to protect wares from ash-slagging and flame-flashing in wood firings, but in contemporary use, with clean-burning gas firings, the process is used in exactly the opposite way: to contain fumes around a pot so that the pot to picks up colour and pattern from the fumes. Saggars are the lidded containers used to contain and isolate pots during a saggar firing.

Over the weekend you will –

• Learn how to prepare your pots for raku and saggar firings.
• Learn how to load and fire a gas fired raku kiln, load a saggar and fire in a gas kiln.
• Be introduced to wax resist techniques, sacrificial glaze (naked raku) and reduction glazes with demonstration of applying terrasigillata slip.
• You will be instructed by two teachers, so plenty of help and advice throughout the weekend.

Small groups, of no more than 6, mean more in-depth tuition and guidance to explore your own ideas. Bisque fired pots can be provided at extra cost or bring your own bisque fired masterpieces.

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?

All materials and tools included. Homemade lunch and tea/coffee/cakes provided. Local accommodation recommended.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 28th April 2018
Saturday 19th May 2018
Saturday 2nd June 2018
Saturday 14th July 2018
Saturday 15th September 2018

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