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Spring Raku Workshop (Session One of Two)

March 16, 2024

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This two-day workshop (16th and 23rd March) which is delivered in partnership between Colchester Makerspace and Cuckoo Farm Studios run by Peter Jones and Ed Dan, it will include a day of instruction to hand build clay objects suitable for raku firing at Colchester Maker Space, then a day of glazing of the objects made and communal raku firings at Cuckoo Farm Studios.

Session One of the Raku Workshop will take place at Colchester Makerspace, where you will learn basic hand-making techniques to produce some clay items which will then be techinican fired to bisque.

Click here to book Session Two: https://bit.ly/3v7F6Hw

Raku is a rapid low-firing process that is inspired by the traditional Japanese raku firing. Contemporary Western-style raku involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat around 1000 centigrade and placing it into containers with combustible materials such as sawdust. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which affects the colours in glazes and clay bodies. The thermal shock of this also produces cracking and crazing, producing unexpected decorative outcomes.

For makers with more experience, you can just book and attend the second session and bring along biscuit-fired work to glaze and fire in the raku process . Please note that the process has limits in terms of object size and suits objects that are not too big, a size of 200mm height standard vase form is approximately the largest that can be managed safely.

If you have any questions regarding the course, please email hello@makercampus.co.uk.

Makerspace members receive upto 50% off our classes. Membership includes 24/7 access to the space and all our equipment and starts from £10 a month. Visit www.makercampus.co.uk/membership

Ever harboured dreams of making your own pots? Fantasised about playing with ink? Perhaps you just fancy learning a new skill? Or you want to rekindle a love you had for a past hobby or practice?

Colchester Makerspace at Trinity Works (just behind Patch, a new vegetarian plant-led café). We provide access to ceramics and printmaking equipment, such as pottery wheels, kilns, risograph, silkscreen presses.

We also provide a wide-ranging and exciting programme of arts and crafts workshops, classes and events to get you started.

Plus, if you want to use the facility on a more regular basis, you can access this amazing space and its equipment 24/7, via a monthly membership, starting at just £11 per month.

Intrigued? Want to know more? Visit our website www.makercampus.co.uk


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Sat, March 16
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Trinity Works,24 Trinity Street,Colchester,CO1 1JN,GB