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Raku

Raku roughly translated means enjoyment. It is the ancient Japanese art of rapidly glaze firing pottery.  Originally designed to accompany the Buddhist Tea Ceremony pre made objects are glazed and dried out on top of the kiln. When thoroughly dry the work is fired to around 900°C in a portable kiln. At this temperature the pots are pulled from the kiln and placed in combustible materials before being plunged into water to freeze the exciting glaze effects.

During this workshop pupils glaze pots and have them fired. The firing process is by way of demonstration. and is suitable for older participants.