Raku Firing Workshop
Bring your own pieces, up to 6, to be fired. They must be no taller than 10in and no wider than 8 inches. Because of spacing, plates and wide bowls should be avoided for this firing. Your pieces must be bisque fired to either cone 06 or 04. Glazes will be provided. Feel free to email if you have any question about specialty pieces.
All raku pieces should be created with a white cone 6 grog rich clay. For example Raku clay or buncombe white. A darker groggy clay body will mute the glazes. However a darker clay body will work for the horse hair or naked raku slip pieces since you will cover the pots with Terra sig.
In the morning you will receive instruction on how to glaze and prep for 3 different types of Raku firing. All pots should be bisque fired before the workshop.
1) Western Raku Firing –
Pots are fired to 1850F. This process involves glazes, sawdust and other combustible materials. The glazes will craze when we pull them from the kiln. This happens as they adjust to the extreme temperature drop. The smoke from the reduction chambers will create black lines in the crazing.
2) Naked Raku Firing –
Fired to 1450F the. Pots should be coated with 2-3 layers of terra sigillata to create a smooth background. This firing involves no glaze but a thick slip applied right before the piece is placed in the kiln. The slip will start to dry, crack, and slightly separate from the pot. Once it is pulled from the kiln and placed in its reduction chamber the smoke will penetrate the open cracks and leave striking lines similar to cracked desert ground.
3 ) Horse Hair Raku –
Fired to 1450F. Pots should be coated with 2-3 layers of terra sigillata to create a smooth background. This firing also involves no glaze. Each piece, once it has been pulled from the kiln, will get horse hair or bird feathers placed on it. As the hair or feathers burn they will leave a shadow behind, creating beautiful smokey images.
Each firing has it own beauty and you will get to chose which firing and glaze is right for each piece.
As the kilns are firing we will prep the sawdust, combustible materials and reduction chamber pots for each piece, and repeat after each kiln is unloaded. After all the pieces are pulled from the kiln they will sit in reduction for 20 mins. It is here that the magic happens, and the red hot pots cool and allow the smoke to alter their appearance. After, they will be placed in water to be scrubbed cleaned.
In this workshop we will take each piece from start to finish in under 2 hrs.
Talk about instant gratification!!
Wheel Throwing Classes
All levels of clay experience welcomed!
Have you ever wanted to try making pottery? Has it been a while since you’ve thrown on the wheel and you want to refresh your throwing skills?
6 wheel throwing classes!
Students will meet for 2.5 hrs, 6:30pm- 9pm, once a week for six weeks
Because of the small class size, max of 4 people, you will be able to progress at your own speed and instruction will be catered to your particular skill level. The class must have 2 people to run.
This class series will take you through the various stages of wheel throwing such as, wedging, centering and the actual shaping of a piece, trimming and glazing. The first 2 classes will be heavy in throwing instruction. Around the third or fourth class most students feel comfortable exploring the wheel with little instruction. The last 2 classes will focus on decoration and glazing.
25lbs of clay will be provided. 3 options of clay. Little loafers (a smooth white clay body) Brownstone (a semi smooth brown clay body) and Speckled Brownstone (a semi smooth brown clay body with speckles)
Be sure to wear old clothes or bring an apron and towel.
Basic beginner pottery tools can be purchased online or at craft stores. ($12-$15)
The class will be held at Liberty Arts. This is an artist collective warehouse environment. There may be loud noises and other artists present in their spaces during the lesson.
If you have any questions about the class, would like to see Liberty Arts before signing up ,or would like to create a custom date and time that works better for your schedule please email me.