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Raku and Earthenware Firing

Joseph Purtle
  • Term: Term Four 2017
  • Start Date: 14 Oct 2017
  • End Date: 3 Dec 2016
  • Time: Saturdays 10am–3pm
  • Number of Classes: 8
  • Teacher: Joseph Purtle
  • Level: All Levels
  • Age: All Ages
  • Location: The National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst
  • Availability: Unavailable

Experience the exciting techniques of Raku and earthenware glaze firing by making a range of hand-built ceramic objects with different types of clays and experimenting with low-temperature glazes and different Raku slips.

Joseph Purtle demonstrates each stage of the making and firing processes – from building clay objects and glazing and surface treatments through to firing and kiln operation. He teaches you about the characteristics of suitable clays for different firing techniques using various material combinations, including experimenting with earthy terracotta and white clays. You will learn about the post-reduction effects of Raku, a special process which produces unique and unpredictable flame marks.

During the course you will experiment with various ways to utilise the natural properties of fire and minerals, such as copper and iron to give a wonderful range of coloured effects, and carbon to create rich blacks and soft grey tones.

This course is for people of all levels of experience who wish to experiment with different firing techniques, and therefore wheelthrowing is not part of the course. Most materials are provided.

Joseph Purtle

Joseph Purtle’s practice focuses on wheelthrowing and expressive high-temperature glazes, exploring variations in the firing atmospheres of gas and wood kilns. He was the winner of the FONAS award, 2012; the Kerrie Lowe Gallery Award, 2013; and the Ashley Dawson-Damer Award for Excellence in Ceramics, 2013. He has exhibited at Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Mils Gallery, Rex-Livingston Art + Objects, and the Sogetsu ikebana exhibition at the Botanic Gardens.

All clay and glaze materials for the course will be supplied.

Tools for making and glazing will also be supplied, however if you any favourite brushes or tools feel free to bring them with you. It would be good to bring an old towel with you.

It is a good idea to bring pens or pencils to take notes or sketch with.

Protective equipment for firing will be provided, but please ensure that you have natural fibre, long sleeved shirt and pants for the firing stages of the course.

Protective clothing and covered footwear essential