Reading, RG1 4HJ
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We welcome ceramics and pottery enthusiasts of all abilities to our Raku Pottery Summer Holiday Week for adults!
Working with the elements of fire, water, and earth, you’ll explore the pottery firing technique known as ‘Raku’.
Raku is the Japanese tradition of rapid glaze firing pottery which was developed in the late 16th century. In this course, you will learn how to make, and then glaze and fire your own pot, creating stunning results.
Raku is a low-firing technique connected to a rich cultural and spiritual heritage where there is still much to be discovered, experienced and shared.
By the end of the course, you will have gained a strong insight into the process of Raku Firing and you'll be able to take your beautiful Raku pot home with you.
The course runs on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am–4pm with a one-hour lunch break.
Please be prepared to cover up in old clothes, a coat and sensible footwear.
Basic materials will be included.
You can progress your ceramic skills when joining one of our other ceramics courses we are offering. Please search our courses online!
What I'll learn
You will learn about Reduction and Oxidation kilns. The thermal shock properties of clay, and the process as a whole, make for a highly experimental process with dramatic and unpredictable results!
Monday and Tuesday will be spent making and decorating pots with slips/ textures/ burnishing at a level to suit you.
Thursday, you will start by glazing your pots. Friday we will then proceed outdoors to fire the pots using the Raku process. The stunning Raku effects will be revealed as you wait for the pots to cool and clean them up. No two pots are exactly alike!
How I'll learn
You will learn through a variety of methods, including:
- formal instruction
- individual tuition
- practical demonstration
- practical experience
Please bring a packed lunch and other refreshments. The college provides aprons for working inside and safety equipment.
Be prepared to go home smelling of bonfires!
How to Apply
You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:
- Register your contact details online and verify your account
- Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course
Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.
This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.