The Art of Raku: Glaze Decoration and Firing

One Day Workshop with Seymour Road Studios’ Guest Potter:

Andy Mason

DATES: choose from:
Saturday 6th,  Sunday 7th,  Saturday 13th or Sunday 14th April 2019

Times: 10am – 4pm

PRICE: one day workshop £70 per person

BOOKINGPlease CONTACT US if you have any further questions or to reserve your place.

ACTIVITIES:
Glaze Decoration:
You will have the opportunity to decorate probably a maximum of 4 pots with special glazes suitable for Raku firing.

All decorating materials and the firing are included in the price but this does not include the cost of making pots.   Andy will have a selection of hand-made pots suitable for you to work with which will be for sale on the day at a modest price (price range usually starts from £5 per pot).  I am afraid that it is now too late to take up the opportunity to make your own pots  for these events.

Firing: Raku firing has to be one of the most exciting of ceramic processes and is closely associated with the aesthetics of Wabi-sabi with its emphasis on spontaneity, mindfulness and free expression.

During the day Andy will usually fire 4 kiln loads of pots.  Pots are removed with long tongs from the red heat of the kiln and plunged into bins full of combustible materials.  This fiery process alters the glazes and gives the carbonised black colour to the clay which is so characteristic of raku pots.

Lunch: Please bring a packed lunch or eat at one of Lady Bay’s excellent eateries: Poppy & PintBread & Butterflies, Holy Calzone

Make a date for making:  If you would prefer to make your own pots for this event, you may like to consider booking a place on one of Fran’s Making for Raku days here at Seymour Road Studios. 

If you are not able to  join us for a group Making for Raku workshop, or a tailor-made private making session – feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more.  Ideally, making should take place not later than 4 weeks before the Raku date in order to give time to dry and biscuit fire the pots in plenty of time.