Raku - no smoke without fire!
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Discover the art of Raku, an ancient Japanese technique whereby searing glazed pots are placed directly into combustible materials. The resulting patterns are exciting and immediate.
With the luxury of having ten burnished pots made especially for you by your tutor Mick Morgan, your two days will focus purely on the processes of Raku itself.
Mick will share his knowledge on a broad spectrum of techniques including naked Raku, matt lustre, decoration processes, reduction firing and techniques to combine coloured and underglazes. You will be given a technical sheet with recipes and advice.
On the first day you will experiment with firing glazes on test tiles and talk about the construction of the kiln. On the second day, your newly acquired knowledge will be applied to decorating and firing your pots in multiple firings. There may also be opportunity to buy one of the kilns to take home with you.
£350 - Tuition fees
plus £100 for ten pre-made and burnished pots
with burnished test tiles.
Tea, coffee and simple lunch included in your course price
We also offer accommodation & evening meals
This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs + and is suitable for beginners to those with experience
Mick Morgan studied ceramics at Cardiff College of Art in the early 70s before opening his own studio in Carmarthenshire. He taught for many in years in both Swansea and Carmarthen art colleges.
Whilst the early part of Mick's career was concerned with Ash glazed domestic ware he later became highly regarded for his decorative raku-fired vessels. Of late he has become interested in figurative work and has been working on pieces related to the human form.
Most of Mick's work is started on the wheel and from there can go through many changes. The pots can be cut, distorted, rebuilt or even left as simple thrown forms.
He makes make a range of clay bodies and glazes and applies slips and burnishes his pieces prior to raku firing. Over the years he has built several wood fired kilns ranging from 30 cu.ft. to 200 cu.ft.
Stories from our students
This is the first time we have run this course so we hope you will create your own stories