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Raku Glaze Painting & firing


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Ceramics doesn’t get much hotter than this!

We’ll start the day with a some clay hand building to gently warm us into the clay mood. At mid-day we’ll then paint some pre-made ceramic bisque pieces ready for raku glaze firing in the afternoon – think ceramic cafe with a super hot twist.  Pieces will be packed into the outdoor gas fired kiln and during lunch that’s when we really turn up the heat (to 1100 degrees). After lunch pieces are then unloaded into sawdust bins to to restrict oxygen and the raku effect takes form. There will be a few casualties along the way – pieces we mean. Participants then polish off any surviving pieces to reveal the magical effect of raku.
This is a magical day – you don’t even have to be a beginner or particularly into ceramics to enjoy this workshop – just book for the experience.
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Raku Glaze Painting & firing
Event Dates
1 Jul 2018 at 12:00 am 1 Jul 2018 at 03:00 am
14 Oct 2018 at 12:00 am 14 Oct 2018 at 03:00 am


Ceramic painting (12-1pm) decorate bisque fired ceramic pieces and see the Japanese glaze firing process first hand. Then walk away with your finished pieces. You don’t even have to be a beginner or particularly into ceramics – just come  for the experience. Each participant will glaze 2 hand-thrown bisque fired pieces. Think ceramic cafe with a super hot twist.  Painted pieces are placed in a special gas fired outdoor kiln. We then stop for lunch which is included (home made pork or veggie dough balls cooked on site).
Raku Glaze firing (2- 3.00pm)  After lunch we watch the spectacular unloading of the kiln ( and a few participants will actively support in the process). Think camp fire, dustbins, sawdust, smoke with some health and safety compliance. Nonetheless this is an experience and a half.  This makes conventional kiln firing seem rather dull and as the pieces come out of the kiln participants begin to catch a glimpse of the spectacular effects and the Raku aesthetic: no wonder its addictive. When pieces are cooled down sufficiently we all get to clean and polish off our pieces ready to take home. Woooh how exciting!
 Absolute beginners are welcome
The course is set in a quaint setting in SE5

Location: Studio 2, Global House 21 Lombard Road Wimbledon SW19 3TZ  (The studio door is down the side of the building, on the left just before the Acava studios sign).

Please call 0208 1665 134 on arrival so that we can let you into the building.


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