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.