About Raku Workshops

What is Raku?

Raku is a firing process developed in 16th century Japan for the Japanese tea ceremony. Pieces fired in this manner are referred to as Raku or Raku pottery.

The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln where they re- main for about twenty minutes until the glazes have melted at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. The piece is then removed from the gas fired kiln with long Raku tongs and put into a nest of sawdust and covered with a metal cover creating a reduction chamber. This reduction atmosphere changes the molten glaze to produce the wonderful lustrous and crackle glazes associated with Raku Pottery. 

Raku firing is dramatic and exciting. It is also a wonderful way to actually watch the glazes melt and see what happens inside the kiln with your own eyes.

Taking Part ...

One-day Workshops cost £100 (2019 price) deposit is £50 which when paid will secure your place.
No previous experience is necessary and all glaze materials are included - we make biscuit fired pots/dishes that can be bought on the day from £5 each or you can bring 6-8 pieces of your own biscuit fired work (depending on the size), so even if you have no pottery experience you can still have a great day and take home some raku fired pots!

Tea, coffee and cakes are provided, please bring your own packed lunch.   

If you think you would like to take part in one of the workshops then please email: workshops@mkraku.co.uk  We are limited to 10 students on each workshop.

We do firings once a month from spring to autumn, 10am - 5pm

Please wear clothes that are made from natural fabric and that cover your arms and legs. Sturdy shoes are a must. 

Workshops take place where Mark & Kirsteen have their studios, the beautiful Westbury Art Centre :

Westbury Arts Centre
Foxcovert Road
Shenley Wood
Milton Keynes

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