Introduction to Ceramics and Raku

A large vase coming out of the raku kiln

Course Leader:  SSW Ceramics Technician, Beth Bidwell
Places: 6 (Beginners +)
Cost: £110 (includes tuition, materials and consumables)

15 & 29 June 2019
14 & 28 March 2020

Times: 10am – 3pm

Booking: Book online or phone SSW on 01464 861372.

Further information:
Introduction to Ceramics and Raku takes place over two weekends in order to bisque fire work in between.

Raku firings are outdoor therefore in severe weather conditions it may be necessary to reschedule the firing date.

If you have any suggestions, questions or requirements relating to accessibility at SSW, please get in touch and we will make every effort to support you to visit.

Experiment with clay, learn new skills or build on existing ceramics experience in this two-day course. Introducing participants to a range of fundamental ceramics techniques including small handbuilding, slab-building, press moulding and throwing, this course gives space for you to develop your interest and skills within a friendly and encouraging environment. In the first session you will create a piece of work ready to bisque fire in time for the second session.

In the second session, you will learn about and undertake the experimental and addictive Japanese low firing process, raku. Raku involved putting bisque fired, glazed ceramics into an outdoor, gas fired kiln and firing them quickly, allowing the glaze to mature. The pieces are then removed while red hot and placed into sawdust. As the ceramics cool, exciting and unpredictable results are achieved.

Next steps after this course: Clay Group/ Ceramics Open Access. 


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