Raku Firing Workshop

Raku Firing Workshop


Sunday 26 May, 9:30am to 3:30pm, includes refreshments and a delicious wholesome lunch. No previous pottery or firing experience is necessary for this workshop!

an elemental experience

In this hands-on workshop our special guest teacher Shirley Battrick from Gold Coast Potters Association will help you glaze & fire your own raku pottery in an outdoor kiln.

about raku

Raku's unpredictable results and intense colour makes for some pretty exciting and dramatic firings! 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.

make or buy your pottery in advance

You can make or buy your own pottery for this workshop. Students have the option to:

  • Make your own pottery at home (we sell Raku clay if you need any) and bring your work into the studio by 18 May for our free bisque firing service.

  • Use our studio to make your pots. Just book a studio session and once you’ve finished your pots we’ll dry them out and bisque fire them for free.

  • Pre-order pottery with us & collect on the day (you can also buy on the day from a select number of stock). Prices will range from $10—$30 per piece.

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the workshop

Shirley will run us through the fundamentals of outdoor pottery firings and share examples of the workshop raku glazes available. Then we will glaze our work together as a group before loading the outdoor kiln with our pots. Everyone will have the opportunity to load the kiln (which we will have to do several times during the workshop), move pots into reduction bins (as we watch our work catch on fire!), spray pots with water—and much more. You will also take part in a demonstration of several firing techniques, including horse hair & feathers.

Important Information

  • Everyone is welcome. No previous pottery or firing experience is necessary

  • The price is $150 per student. Workshop fees are fully inclusive of all glazes, firing & lunch

  • Students can fire a maximum of 4 pieces

  • Students are responsible for organising their own pottery—but don’t worry, we can help you with that :)

  • Students can bring wheel thrown and/or hand built pieces to the workshop

  • If you are not using our studio raku clay, please check compatibility with us first

  • Bisqueware must be roughly the size of a grapefruit or smaller

  • On the day there will be a selection of 5 to 6 glazes to choose from

  • This workshop is suitable for adults aged +16

  • Students can take their finished work home at the end of the workshop

  • If mother nature decides to get frisky and there is a total fire ban/thunderstorm etc. on 26 May, 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.