April 6: Introduction to raku firing and wheel time to create pieces
April 13: A trimming class to help you finish up any pieces
April 20: A glazing and Raku firing workshop
We're adding exciting new workshops this year to celebrate 10 YEARS as an Art Center (and 30 as a Gallery!). Woohoo!! This is our first Raku Workshop of the year. Keep an eye out for future dates!
In this 3-week intermediate course for students 18 years and older, pottery instructor Alexis Dillon will introduce you to the basics of Raku firing! You'll dive right in on April 6 learning about the medium and creating your pieces, then finish them (trimming bases, signing, etc.) on April 13. If you can't make the 13th, you have the option to come in on either our Wednesday evening or Sunday afternoon open studio between April 6 and April 13 to wrap up, or work at home. April 6 and April 20 are essential to the class, so if one of those days doesn't work for you, we suggest waiting to register for one of our future raku sessions. On April 20, you'll glaze and fire your pieces in the quick, exciting, fiery Raku process! They'll be ready to go home with you the same day.
What is Raku Firing?
Raku firing is an ancient Japanese ceramics technique dating back to the 1500s. It's been used for centuries to create a unique, natural finish to works in clay. In this process, when glazed ceramics are taken from the kiln with tongs (while still glowing hot!) and placed in a flammable material, such as sawdust or newspaper, the clay body (when unglazed) or the glaze itself is starved of oxygen, creating a myriad of beautiful colors within the glaze or an elegant matte black on the clay itself. Adding horse hair or feathers can also generate interesting surface patterns. Every piece will turn out differently with a unique design and coloring, which is part of the fun! Please note that Raku fired work is NOT FOOD SAFE, but certainly makes a beautiful decoration.
Each registration per person includes:
One 3hr session on the wheel
One 3hr trimming session
12 lbs of Raku clay (No outside clay permitted)
Tools to borrow for the class
Glaze (No outside glaze permitted)
Bisque firing of your greenware
RAKU firing of your glazed pieces
All pieces MUST be bisque-fired before the Glazing/Firing workshop. If finishing at home, drop off your green ware no later than Tuesday, April 16. Your pieces must be completely dry to be bisque-fired in time for the Glazing/Firing workshop. During this final session, we’ll glaze the bisque pots and fire on-site at Main Exhibit Gallery & Art Center. This workshop will take place outdoors.
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