Raku. An introduction to making, glazing and firing

When and Where

Dates
12 Jun 2020 - 11 Jul 2020 (21 hours, 6 weeks)
Days and times
Thursday 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 18:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Location
Morley College London

Cost

Full fee
£200 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
£160
Senior fee
£180

Quick Facts

Availability
Yes
Tutor
Alex Huber
Course code
VCE128A

What you will learn

Raku involves rapid firing and cooling in specific outdoor kilns. This course provides a full opportunity during evening sessions to make, bisque fire, and apply glaze. On the Saturday you spend the day outdoors firing. It is suitable for the complete beginner. Raku does not create functional objects. One kiln load per student is allowed due to the firing schedule to accommodate 12 students works. This usually amounts to 5 - 6 medium sized objects.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand the basic process and working methods of Raku making and firing
  • Make appropriate work with relevant clays and specialist glazes to create Raku objects
  • Understand the principles and appreciate the variety of surfaces that can be achieved
  • How to work with others as a team to create work using this outdoor kiln firing technique
  • Safe working practice with regard to health and safety and issues regarding outdoor firing

Class format and activities

You will take part in a power point explanation of the process.You will be making a range of objects during the practical sessions.
The tutor will give you feedback and practical help with different making techniques to realise your ideas. You will be glazing your work with Raku glazes and different decoration and application techniques.
You will take part in a Health & Safety induction.
You will help to set up the firing site and actively take part in the firing process and post reduction firing treatment of your work, following Health & Safety guidelines.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

No

What you need to know before you enrol

Some tasks on the firing day can be strenuous, however there are less physical tasks that can be assigned if required. Please advise your tutor if you are pregnant or have a physical disability so they can assist and give guidance where necessary.

What you will need for your class

For the making and glazing classes: a sketchbook, Apron.
For the firing day: a respirator (can be purchased for £5 from your tutor), a long sleeved top or shirt, long trousers and closed leather shoes or boots. Combustable materials such as sawdust (discussed in class).
There is a material charge of £2 per kilo for work made in class. This includes all firings and glazes.

What you can do next

You would gain the appropriate knowledge to fire your own Raku kiln. Enrol onto ceramics classes at Morley.