Raku is a ceramic technique developed in the 16th century in Japan and is primarily a Low firing process for clay pottery.
In the mid-20th century the process was modernised and moved away from traditional wood fired kilns to gas fired kilns. Join Eunice and Helen, for this fun and exciting workshop to explore a variety of alternative firing techniques and their diverse results.
Learn about Obvara, Horse Hair and Naked Raku, and the spontaneous and unpredictable magic and alchemy of these three firing processes, whilst enjoying a day in the Sussex countryside.
Obvara Raku: this Eastern European technique involves plunging hot pots into a fermented yeast brew. The scalding creates naturally flowing markings with wonderful movement and randomness.
Naked Raku: without glaze, a layer of resist slip is applied to bisque pots, these are fired in the open air and then placed into a fiery reduction chamber forcing smoke to create striking patterns.
Horse Hair Raku: glowing pots have strands of horse hair, feathers or other organic matter or perhaps sugar crystals applied directly. These materials scorch leaving black carbonised lines and smoky images contrasting against smooth white.
The cost includes refreshments and a light lunch. Sensible clothing with long sleeves and hard enclosed footwear is recommended – safety goggles and gauntlets are provided.
For current students please note that in addition to the workshop fee, any items you make will be weighed and charged per 100g to cover the materials and firing costs.
Those not attending the studio can bring their own bisqueware (6 pieces, max dimensions 12cm diam. 20cm height). It is recommended that these are made from a strong white clay, can be slipped, burnishing can improve contrast and perhaps add texture (see images for helpful suggestions). For those unable to make their own pieces a selection of pots will be available to fire from the studio (6 pieces costing £25).
Alternatively, if you are interested in a regular weekly class please click HERE