This one day workshop will introduce you to the exciting and dynamic process of Raku Firing with experienced and talented artist Kevin Boyd.
Raku firings have their origins in Japan, where they are used to produce bowls for the tea ceremony. Raku firings have evolved with contemporary ceramics and different approaches have developed. Rapid firing in conjunction with post firing reduction is used to produce spectacular and decorative results.
The aim of this workshop is to enable students to understand and start to be comfortable with the process of raku. All safety issues are paramount in preamble and practice. Emphasis will be on using the decorating and firing process to become a personal artistic activity. Participants are asked to bring 2-3 bisque fired items of ceramics, no bigger than 8cm in diameter with height of up to 30cm. If works are too large they will not be able to be fired. Please note, it is possible that not all work will be able to be fired. Preferred clay for these items is raku clay or LGH stoneware. Northcote Pottery Supplies stocks LGH and a range of raku clays.
Topics covered in this workshop:
Kiln, burner and equipment requirements discussed and demonstrated.
Glazes discussed and recipes available, including crackle glazes, coloured glazes and Naked Raku processes demonstrated and used.
Glazing and decorating options demonstrated and used by participants.
Firing procedures and post firing reduction demonstrated. Most of the firing will be done for participants.
Terra Sigillata discussed and making process demonstrated.
This workshop is conducted mostly outdoors at Northcote Pottery Supplies, sensible non-synthetic clothes and closed footware are a must.
Kevin Boyd Tutor Profile
After graduating from Bendigo College of Advanced Education in 1976, Kevin has combined both teaching and ceramic production into a successful career. After twenty years teaching ceramics in TAFE, he currently teaches Art and Ceramics at Camberwell Grammar School and produces ceramics, both stoneware and raku, from his Surrey Hills studio. Kevin has demonstrated his techniques and passion for ceramics in Broken Hill, Canberra, Melbourne (Box Hill Community Arts and Montsalvat) and Christchurch, NZ.
To be an artist working with the ceramic medium is an enormous privilege. The personal motivation and inspiration the making and firing processes provide are continual and self-perpetuating.
Ceramic’s closeness to nature is a great source for ideas and inspiration with much of my work evolving from the use of the natural elements of rock, earth and plants as reference and starting points.
Currently, my work is with the firing technique of ‘Raku’, the traditional Japanese process of removing the fired work from the kiln to use reduction techniques that smoke the work in sealed containers. Methods have evolved and developed were the crackle patterns are captured as permanent markings within the clay surface. These smoked markings reveal fascinating networks of both subtle and dramatic patterns that are reminiscent of aerial views of landscape or delicate structure of leaves or webs.