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Learn the ancient art of Raku, a firing technique like non-other used to develop vivid colors and metallic sheens. Trust us when we say that this is by far one of the most exciting and dramatic firing techniques, guaranteed to yield some spectacular results.
What is Raku Firing?
During a Raku Firing, vessels are rapidly heated in a gas kiln to 1000°C, at which point the incandescent vessels are removed from the kiln and are immediately buried into a bin of combustible materials, including sawdust and shredded paper.
Once the materials ignite, the bins are closed, which produces an intense reduction atmosphere, transforming the oxide-rich glazes to pure metal.
What exactly does this mean? Not to worry, we will explain it all in detail during the first half of the workshop.
What will I learn?
This workshop will be taught by local ceramic artist, Shirley Battrick, who studied the American style of Raku in the USA under one of the early practitioners of this modern version.
Shirley will begin the workshop with a background on raku and raku firing. She will then demonstrate how to glaze your vessels using special raku glazes that she has developed over the years.
Once the firing process begins, you'll have the chance to only learn, but actively participate - for example, slap on the big ol' welding gloves and learn how to handle the reduction chamber!
Preparing for the Raku Firing
First and foremost, you will need to make your vessels! We highly suggest using the following clay bodies:
◦ Clayworks LGH
◦ Walkers Special Stoneware
◦ Feeneys BRT or HB
Please note, other clay bodies have not been tested and may crack due to the extreme thermal shock of the firing process.
Each participant will have the opportunity to fire TWO vessels. Vessels can be either wheel-thrown or hand-built and must be no larger than a grapefruit (max width 10cm, max height 20cm).
Lastly, vessels must be bisque fired to 1000°C prior to the workshop. If you do not have a kiln, vessels can be bisque fired at Stone Studio for $8/kilo. Please contact Jennifer here to arrange firing.
All participants must wear enclosed shoes, long sleeves, and long pants. Natural fibers only, please. No synthetics or poly-cotton blends. Clothing must be tight-fitting (no flowing shirts, and absolutely no dresses). Long hair must be tied back. During winter, please be sure to dress warmly.
What do I need to bring?
◦ TWO grapefruit sized pieces that have been bisque fired to 1000°C (max width 10cm, max height 20cm)
◦ Water bottle
◦ Sunscreen, Mozzy Spray
Please note, this workshop is WEATHER DEPENDANT. If there is a chance of rain, or if the winds are too strong, the workshop will be postponed. We will notify you the day before the workshop if the weather is deemed unsuitable for firing.
The Raku Firing will take place in the hills of Duranbah, near Tropical Fruit World, at the beautiful home studio of local ceramic artist, Jennifer Redmond of Yucca Stone Ceramics. Address to be provided.
Terms and Conditions
All classes are subject to availability and may be cancelled at any time, under the discretion of the operator.
Please keep in mind that from October 4th 2020 to April 4th 2021, we will be operating on daylight saving time. Ensure you are aware of time differences as we will not be able to reschedule your booking if you are late.
We have a strict seven-day cancellation policy.
If less than seven days’ notice is given, we will be unable to offer a refund, however, we are able to offer you a credit.
Please note, cancellations within 48 hours of your class will receive no refund or credit. We are a small studio, with very small, intimate classes, and it is unlikely that with less than 48 hours notice we will be able to fill your seat.
You are more than welcome to send a friend in your place. Just shoot us an email and let us know.
If more than seven days’ notice is given, you are entitled to a full refund.
If more than seven day’s notice is given, you are more than welcome to reschedule your class. Please contact email@example.com to request the rescheduling of your class.
If a class is missed, no make-up session can be offered. Please set a reminder and double-check class dates and times prior to booking.
We require a minimum of three bookings in order to run a class. If we do not meet this minimum, we may cancel the course at any time and offer you a full refund or a credit to attend a class of the same value in the future.
Stone Studio and its employees are not liable or responsible for any accidental injury to students or any loss or damage to personal possessions.
Stone Studio reserves the right to take photographs and video footage during classes that may include students and to use these photographs and video footage for the purpose of advertising our classes in all media in perpetuity and without payment to students.
INFORMING OTHER PARTICIPANTS OF TERMS & CONDITIONS
It is the responsibility of the person booking the class to inform other participating students of our terms and conditions.
All care is taken to ensure student’s piece are well made, however, due to the inherent of the this medium, Stone Studio cannot be held responsible for any undesirable outcomes, including cracking, breakage, misfires or something not turning out how you had hoped.
By completing the purchase, you are confirming that you have read, understood and agree to our terms and conditions.
We have a strict ONE MONTH storage policy. This includes thrown work waiting to be trimmed, bisqued work waiting to be glazed, as well as finished work waiting to be collected.
If pieces are not collected within this time frame, they will either be discarded or donated.
It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the storage policy. If you cannot collect your finished work within this time frame, let us know and we are happy to make alternative arrangements.