2021 Classes

Western Raku Firing Workshop

Location: Cotuit Center for the Arts
McGraw Ceramic Studio
Dates: Saturday, June 5, 10am – 4pm
Saturday, June 19, 9am – 4pm (rain date June 26)
$275/$234 members

In this workshop with Lois Hirshberg, participants will learn how to achieve dramatic results from this spectacular firing technique! Unlike most ceramic firing processes, Western Raku is very fast. Red hot pieces are carefully removed from the kiln and smothered with combustible materials. It is during this final smoking phase that the vibrant colors and the crackling of the glaze occurs.
Results vary from turquoise to intense red/bronze to beautiful white crackle. We will also be experimenting with Horsehair Raku.

Western Raku is elusive and mysterious. The unpredictability of the process is what makes it so exciting!

During the first class, Lois will demonstrate slab built vessels while participants make their own items to be raku fired. Two weeks later, you will glaze and fire your bisqued pieces outside in our two raku kilns. This workshop is open to all levels of expertise, and people with little previous clay experience are welcome.

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Kids Clay: Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

kids clay animals class

Location: Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts
Date: Monday – Wednesday, August 9 – 11
Time: 2pm – 4pm
3 sessions on campus
$225

Lions and Tigers and Bears Oh My!!! This ceramics class is for kids 8 to 12 years old who want to have fun making animals with clay. We start with making a turtle and then moving on to whatever creatures you want to make. Lois will be teaching hand building techniques: pinching, coiling and slabs. Children’s creativity has no limits!!!

Lois is a studio potter on Cape Cod who has been working in clay for over 45 years. She is a retired guidance counselor and has a Masters degree in Arts Therapy from Lesley University.

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A Unique Firing Experience

Location: Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts
Dates: Monday – Friday, September 20 – 24
Times: Monday – Tuesday: 9am – 12pm
No Class Wednesday
Thursday – Friday: 9am–3pm
4 sessions on campus
$490.00

A spectacular alternative firing technique! Unlike most ceramic firing processes, Western Raku is a very fast process. Red hot pieces are removed from the kiln and smothered with combustible materials to create flashes of color in the glazes. Results will vary from turquoise to intense red/bronze to beautiful white crackle. We will also be experimenting with horsehair Western Raku and Obvara Firing.

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Western Raku never gets boring. It is elusive, mysterious, and totally at the mercy of nature’s fire. The unpredictability of the process is what makes it so exciting. Monday and Tuesday, Lois will also be demonstrating slab built vessels while you make items to be Western Raku Fired on Thursday and Friday. This Western Raku workshop is open to all levels of expertise; people with little previous clay experience are welcome.

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