The Art of Raku: Glaze Decoration and Firing

with Seymour Road Studios’ Guest Potter:

Andy Mason

DATES: choose either Saturday 21 or Sunday 22 April 2018
Times: 10am – 4pm
Please bring a packed lunch or eat at one of Lady Bay’s excellent eateries: Poppy & PintBread & Butterflies

PRICE: one-day workshop £65 per person

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

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 some hand-made pots suitable for raku firing for sale on the day at a modest price which you can buy from him (price range starts from £5 per pot) or you may like to have the opportunity to make your own pots (see below).

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.

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 Andy’s Tea Bowl Making and the Tea Ceremony days here at Seymour Road Studios.

Alternatively, if you cannot join us for Tea Bowl workshop, you may like to book a tailor-made 1:1 making session with Fran – I usually recommend a 2 hour session to make the 3-4 simple pots that you are likely to be able to decorate and fire on the raku day.  Making would need to take place before the end of March in order to dry and biscuit fire the pots in time for the raku workshops.