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Raku Pottery Workshops

Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman

Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman

Start times may vary between 9.30am and 10am - please see your confirmation ending 4.30-5pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges : £15-£20ish

Come and enjoy a day with Dave Norman experimenting in this ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing pottery

Exciting and fast moving, using heat, sawdust, fire and smoky bins, this stunning firing technique is irresistible and very much in vogue.

Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed with copper based hand created glazes, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produces the wonderfully colourful, lustrous copper, blue and green finish aswell as the naked Raku white crackle glazes, associated with Raku Pottery.

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing.

Dave has pre-made at his studio and arrives with a huge selection of previously made and fired biscuit-ware pots in varying styles and it is this preparation of pots which enables us to run this usual two day course in just one day. For these pots there is a materials charge from £15 for the typical 6 pots students manage to fire on the day. If you decide to glaze more than 6 pots the materials charge will increase accordingly by £2.50 per pot. To avoid course overrun and to ensure that the various pots are spread fairly between everyone, Dave will distribute pots so each student has a similar selection of flared, semi flared & straight pots. The kiln firing time should also be shared equally between all the students to ensure those needing to leave by 4.30pm can do so, with their pots completed. Please let David know if you have to leave at 4.30 promptly. 

Kindly note there will be a materials charge payable directly to the tutor on the day, of approx. £15-20ish depending on how any pots you fire. Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners

 Dates for this course - see the table below to book:

Tues 1st June 2021 (after Bank Holiday)  ~   Friday 4th June 2021 (course actually full now)   ~   Sun 6th June  2021 (course actually full now)   ~   and some more dates to come

Please bring:  The tutor will provide a number of biscuit fired pieces ready to be decorated in the Raku style

Please bring a medium sized container and some bubble wrap in which to take your pots home. Please wear old clothes that do not contain nylon.  A cotton apron will be useful . Please tie any long hair back. Wear several layers as we will be working outside (under cover as necessary) and you may become ht if you spend time near the kiln.

If you wish to bring bisque pots to fire this is possible at the end of the day with an additional charge of £3 as long as they are of a small enough size to be accommodated in the kiln.


About the tutor: Dave Norman Studied at the Glasgow School of Art, and then ran his own studio in Scotland, producing large architectural ceramics for several years. After 14 years teaching ceramics in tertiary education he established a new studio in North Cumbria producing thrown slip decorated wares and these beautiful raku pieces, sold locally in galleries.

Workshop Date Individual Price Available places Book
Tue 1st June 2021 9:45 am £75.00 3
Fri 4th June 2021 9:30 am £75.00 0
Sun 6th June 2021 9:45 am £75.00 1
Wed 28th July 2021 9:45 am £75.00 0
Sat 31st July 2021 9:30 am £75.00 0
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