Two-Day Raku Workshop

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Raku is a firing process developed in 16th century Japan; ceramics fired in this manner are referred to as Raku or Raku pottery. It is an exciting way to create unique decorative pottery.

Raku pieces are glazed, dried and then put directly into a very hot kiln where they remain about 20 minutes until the glazes have melted at a temperature of 1820 F. Each piece is them removed from the kiln using long Raku tongs and put into a container with combustible material. The atmosphere inside the covered container produces wonderful lustrous and crackle glazes, which makes each piece unique.

Raku firing is dramatic and exciting and taking part is a wonderful way to actually watch glazes at work and see what happens inside a kiln.

Glazing and firing is done in our Raku kiln on VisArts’ 6th floor terrace.

No previous experience in Raku is necessary and all glaze materials are included in the workshop.

 On the first day of the workshop participants will bring bisqued items and will glaze using special raku glazes (Copper Penny, Turquoise Crackle, Clear Crackle and Hawaiian Copper Blue). If time permits we will also be firing on unglazed  bisqued pots using “naked” and horsehair firing techniques.

On the second day we will fire all glazed pots. In order to be bisqued by the first day of the workshop, all items for Raku must be on the to-be-bisqued shelves nolater than Tuesday May 16th. students not enrolled in VisArts classes may use Open Studio time to prepare up to five items, but again work to be bisqued must be on the shelves no later than the 16th.

While our standard and little loafers clay will work fine in the Raku process, we have special Raku clay that can also be purchased.

 

 

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