Introduction to Raku
Introduction to Raku
Learn how to make Raku pottery over two days with a two-part making & firing course.
what is Raku?
Raku was first developed in Japan during the 16th century to create tea bowls for Japanese tea ceremonies. Raku ware has a distinctive crackle texture and colour pattern caused by a combination of glaze, fire, smoke and oxygen applied during the firing process.
the art of Raku today
Raku's unpredictable results and intense colour makes for some pretty exciting and dramatic firings! By placing glazed bisque work into an outdoor kiln, you will remove your own pots from the fire, then depending on the effect you want to create—place them in either water, organic materials (such as newspaper, sawdust or seaweed) or leave in the open air to cool down.
Day 1: Making workshop—Saturday 17 November, 12pm to 3pm
- Raku clay preparation & wedging
- Demonstration & discussion of Japanese wheel throwing style 'throwing off the hump'
- Students can make five pieces for the firing (you can make more, depending on size of your work)
- Students can choose to make wheel thrown or hand built pieces, although the emphasis will be on wheel work
- Teacher: Todd Beatson from Byron School of Clay
Day 2: Firing workshop—Sunday 25 November, 9:30am to 3:30pm
- Introduction to Raku glazing
- Learn the fundamentals of outdoor pottery firings
- Take part in a demonstration of several firing techniques
- Glaze & fire your own bisque pieces from the previous weekend
- Teacher: Shirley Battrick from Gold Coast Potters Association
- Price $300 per student
- Students must have previous pottery experience. Your teacher will not be showing you how to throw or use a pottery wheel.
- Course fees are fully inclusive of all clay, glazes & firing.
- Students can take their finished work home at the end of the course
- If there is a total fire ban on 25 November, we will have to reschedule the firing day
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Please choose carefully. Once you have booked and paid we will only provide a refund if the course is unable to go ahead. If you are unable to attend you may transfer your booking to a friend before the course starts (please inform us before your first class). We do not allow transfers between courses. Alternatively, if there is a waiting list and we can successfully offer your space to another student before the first day commences, we will hold your payment for another course or class for up to 12 months.