2016 Classes

Experience the Art of Raku

Raku potteryLocation: Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts
4 week workshop
October 4 – 25, 2016
October 4, 11, 18: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
October 25: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at Raku now is your chance.  A spectacular firing technique based on an ancient Japanese practice!  Unlike most ceramic firing processes Raku is a very fast process.  Red hot pieces are removed from the kiln and smothered with sawdust and newspaper in pits to create flashes of color and crackle in the glazes.

In this four-week workshop, students will create hand-built projects using slab construction or whatever other techniques they know.  On the final day, students will glaze their pieces and participate in a Western Raku Firing.  Horse Hair and Naked Raku also will be included.

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For more info, contact Lois at potterybylois@comcast.net or visit Truro Center Castle Hill for the Arts.

Raku Workshop

pic_process3_lgLocation: Featherstone Center for the Arts
Rescheduled to October 21, 22, 23, 2016 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Friday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday
Location: The Pottery Studio
$150 for the 3 day workshop

Come to the Vineyard in the fall and enjoy the colors of the season and the colors of the Raku and saggar fired pottery.

Raku firing, an ancient art of firing pottery developed by the Japanese,  is an exciting firing technique pots are placed into a hot kiln and, at precisely the moment the glaze melts (at about 1800 degrees), are removed with large tongs and placed into pits (trash cans) filled with newspaper, sawdust, wood chips or other organic materials. It is during this final smoking stage that the subtle colors and shadings of the clay and the crackling of the glaze emerge. Raku firing is beautifully unpredictable.  Each piece is a unique creation, never to be duplicated.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to achieve dramatic results from different firing techniques and surface preparation.  Raku, horse hair, tin foil saggar, and naked raku will be just some of the techniques that will be  experimented with. Participants will be inspired to develop their own personal style of firing. Discussions and experimentation will include color development, ware preparation, various use of fuels, kiln design, and preparation of combustible materials.


Friday night will be an introduction to Raku firing – it’s process, history and how it has evolved in the Western world.  Also, glazing will be discussed and participants will begin glazing their bisqued pieces. Pot Luck Dinner?

Saturday and Sunday will be firing the kiln(s) – saggar and Raku.

Due to the two-day firing format, participants must supply their own bisque pieces. There is a limit in the number of firings possible during the two days so students may be advised to be selective in their choice of works to be glazed. All participants will have the opportunity to help with the firing.

If possible, for the saggar firing, participants are asked to bring burnished pieces.  If available, terra sigillata may be used.

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For more info, contact Lois at potterybylois@comcast.net or visit Featherstone Center for the Arts.

For Private Lessons, contact me at potterybylois@comcast.net