Raku week 1 – Roop will introduce you to the Japanese RAKU process and philosophy, showing examples of traditional and contemporary Raku and the techniques involved in making and decoration for this process. These will include hand building with molds, slabs, coils and pinch pots. The potter’s wheel will be available also so you can try your hand at this. On the first day we will focus on making forms ready to be RAKU fired on the following workshop day.
We will also test out and experience an initial firing using pots pre-prepared by Roop to gain some experience of the firing process in advance of the second week.
Raku week 2 – In week 2 we will focus on the decorative processes used to achieve the distinctive fired results of Raku.
We will explore the firing and localised reduction processes during the day. By the end of the classes you will have made and decorated at least three items which will be fired and available to pick up after the course has finished. This course is aimed at beginners but all are welcome no matter your experience of ceramics is.
The aim of the classes is to learn new skills in a relaxing, informal, well-equipped studio with friends or new people. Unleash some creative energy and get hands on with the clay.