A Day Discovering Raku


Organizer: Quirky Workshops

Name: Greystoke Cycle Cafe

Phone: 01768 483984

Email: annie@quirkyworkshops.co.uk

Website: http://www.greystokecyclecafe.co.uk/workshops2.htm#rakuDN


Penrith, Cumbria,
CA11 0UT

Price Notes

£75 incl a lovely 2 course Aga lunch, hot drinks and home baking. There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day for usually between 6 to 8 pieces.


On the C2C Cycle route 200 yds north of Greystoke village green, direction Blencowe. We welcome all cyclists and walkers and ask all those with cars to walk the 350yds from the village car park around the Greystoke Castle walls. We can offer parking in our driveway to cycle support vehicles and those attending our workshop days, Bus links to Penrith and Keswick. Penrith railway station 5 miles


Come and enjoy experimenting with the ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing raku pottery. Exciting and fast moving – raku is irresistible and highly in vogue at present. The class takes place outside and during the day students might manage to make around 6 to 8 raku pieces What is Raku? 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, 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’) produce the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with 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. Naked raku is a variation in which a slip is applied to the pot before it is placed in the kiln. The slip cracks and breaks apart during the firing and is chipped off to reveal a blackened crackle pattern or an intentional design.

Event Details

Start Date End Date Times
03/06/2017 03/06/2017 09:30 to 16:30
11/06/2017 11/06/2017 09:30 to 16:30
30/07/2017 30/07/2017 09:30 to 16:30
05/08/2017 05/08/2017 09:30 to 16:30
23/08/2017 23/08/2017 09:30 to 16:30
24/08/2017 24/08/2017 09:30 to 16:30