Friday, June 08, 2007

Contemporary Ceramics & Raku Firing

This 4 day workshop will take the novice or complete beginner through the basic stages of hand building with clay. By learning how to use coiling and slabbing methods, you will quickly find the confidence to produce a series of works. The first 3 sessions will include several short lectures aiming to introduce you to all aspects of clay technology; contemporary ceramics and raku firing; an information pack will be available to ensure that you remember everything once you go home.
The final day of the workshop will get you doing your very own raku firings; you will be inducted into the correct health and safety procedures for using a raku kiln and also given specifications for making your own home construction.
This immediate technique for firing clay began in Japan during the 16th Century. Work is rapidly fired then removed from the kiln when still glowing hot, plunged into sawdust and then sometimes water. Raku firing produces exciting and vibrant surface qualities, the raw firing produces a black smoky effect and a range of glazes produce anything from white crackles and turquoises to copper rainbow lustre.
This exciting new opportunity takes place in our state of the art Design Centre at Tremough and will give you the chance to familiarise yourself with the facilities and equipment, and see first hand what we have to offer. This four day workshop promises to be a lot of fun and the perfect opportunity to learn enough about working with clay to get you well on your way to producing work at home.
A basic ceramics toolkit is included in with the price of the workshop and clay will be available for you to purchase to take away afterwards.
Cost £295
For further information please call:
Vicki Brotherhood, Design Centre Bureau Service Co-Ordinator on: 01326 370756 or email:-

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