Raku is an ancient Japanese technique that dates back to the 16th century. What makes raku interesting is the final firing process. The ceramic piece or pot is created in advance to the day of the firing. The ceramic piece is fired in a normal kiln for its first fire (bisque), then when cooled down, and then glazed using a special low fire raku glaze. On the day of the firing, an outside kiln is heated with either wood or propane. The ceramic pots are then placed into kiln, fired for about 40 to 50 minutes, and then while still hot, the piece is then placed in a combustible material such as sawdust or newspaper. As the piece cools, the variety of colors on the pot starts to show. Each ceramic piece is a one of a kind!
Please consider joining us for a Raku workshop on Saturday October 20th, to build your special ceramic pot or dish, and Sunday October 21st, to trim your piece. Workshop will run from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm both days. Scot Foley will help direct and teach participants to create a special raku ceramic piece. We will meet again on November 10th starting at 10:00 am until all pieces are fired, for glazing the piece and firing in View's new Raku kiln. Participants can bring a dish to pass or a bagged lunch. Beginning potters are welcomed! Hope to see you there!
*****Please Note: For safety reasons on firing day, participants must wear natural fiber clothing that fully covers arms and legs, long hair should be tied back and no sandals****
Cost to participate in the workshop includes clay, glazes, and firing. The cost is $30.00 for guests and $25.00 for members. This cost includes one item to be fired. An additional $8.00 will be required for each additional piece.
If you would like to participate in just the firing, the cost is $8.00 per piece.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is Thursday October 18th.