The Art of Raku: Glaze Decoration and Firing

One Day Workshop with Seymour Road Studios’ Guest Potter:

Andy Mason

Glaze decoration and firing

DATES: choose from:
Saturday 28th or Sunday 29th March  2020
Times: 10am – 4pm

PRICE: one day workshop £75 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 raku firing are included in the price but this does not include the cost of making pots.  You may like to make your own pots in advance with Fran or you may purchase a selection of Andy’s own hand-made biscuit pots on the day.  Andy’s pots will already be biscuit fired and ready for you to work with and will be for sale on the day at a modest price (price range usually starts from £6 per pot).

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, Cheff, Junkyard.

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, you are welcome to discuss the possibility of booking Fran for a tailor-made private making session at a more convenient time – feel free to get in touch if you would like to know more.  Normally making should take place not later than 4 weeks before the Raku date in order to give Fran time to dry and biscuit fire the pots in plenty of time.