Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman

Firing pottery In The Raku Style with Dave Norman


Organizer: Quirky Workshops

Name: Greystoke Craft Garden

Phone: 01768 483984




CA11 0UT

Price Notes

£75 Lunch included Kindly note there will be a materials charge payable directly to the tutor on the day, of approx. £10 depending on the materials used..



9.45am – 4.30pm

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, 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 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.

There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day and this will cover the typical 6 pots plus 2/3 smaller items that people manage to fire over the day. 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.

Typically this course runs with around 9 students. Suitable for Beginners

Event Details

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