Saturday 12th October
This one day workshop will introduce you to the exciting and dynamic process of Raku Firing lead by Andrew Allen with assistance by Vincenza on site at Northcote Pottery Supplies.
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 gain an understanding of the process of raku firing and the methods and safety measures involved. All safety issues are paramount in preamble and practice. The emphasis of the workshop 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 12cm. Please bring small or narrow items such as cups, beakers or vases that take up little surface area. If works are too large they will not be able to be fired. Please note that it is possible that not all work will be able to be fired on the day due to time limitations. 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 if time permits possibly a demonstration of the Naked Raku process.
There will be a range of glazes available for students to use on their own work and glazing and decorating processes will be demonstrated by Andrew Allen.
Firing procedures and post firing reduction demonstrated. Most of the firing will be done for participants.
Terra Sigillata will be 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.
Andrew Allen is a ceramic artist based in Deans Marsh, Lorne. Andrew was introduced to clay in high school and has since studied ceramics at TAFE in Box Hill before moving to Bendigo in the mid 90’s. He attended La Trobe University for six years, completing an Honours and a Teaching Degree, followed by a short stint at the famous Bendigo Pottery, making pots on the wheel for tourists. Andrews main area of study during this time was traditional wood fired stoneware ceramics.
Andrew has spent the last three decades teaching and delivering a range of ceramic workshops specialising in Raku and wood firing for schools and community groups as well as producing work for his brand Turtle Ceramics as and exhibiting in a range of galleries.