*****WORKSHOP IS FULLY BOOKED ON BOTH DAYS*****
To inaugurate our new Raku Kiln, arriving in a few weeks time, West Street Potters is hosting an intensive one or two day Raku workshop on June 3rd and 4th, 10.30 – 4.30. Cost is £30 per day. Please come along for either 1 day or both days.
To book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07918 666898.
Please bring lunch to share.
Bring your own Biscuit fired ware, or some pieces will be available.
‘Invented by Bhuddists & Brickmakers in 16th C. Japan to equip the Tea Ceremony with poetic utensils – “Raku” means “enjoy”.
Raku sidesteps convention.: ‘In a direct conversation with fire & its effects – one gains a feel for how ceramic colourants and glazes can interact .
- A variety of unglazed “blank” biscuit-wares to choose from to glaze
- Introduction & Slides: Raku Past & Present
- Making our own glazes
- Firing tests & firing our own pieces
- Quenching red hot pottery into cold water (optional!)
- Post-firing oxidation as well as reduction & surface carbonising techniques.
- Washing & scrubbing to reveal our “buried treasure” glaze colours & crazing!
Steve Carter graduated in Ceramics at W.S.C.A.D. in 1983 & is Potter & Proprietor of the St.Werburghs Pottery in Bristol (est.1991).
Steve makes functional redwares & slipwares, but he presented Raku workshops for 15 successful years until his home-made portable kiln vanished on re-entry to the Earth’s atmosphere sometime in the summer of 2002!
Steve is delighted & honoured to be invited to launch the new kiln and a new era of making Raku at Wrecclesham.