Obvara Workshop

Saturday, 20 March '21   9:30am - 12:30pm
The Clay Studio, Hendal Farm, Cherry Gardens Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9NY
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Obvara is an ancient low firing technique from Eastern Europe, sometimes known also as Baltic Raku. This is a process for all the senses! Visually it is fast and exciting, it’s hot and it can be very smelly but if you like a combination of beer brewing and cheesy yeast its great! As with all Raku processes, it is not for the faint-hearted – the results are unpredictable and acceptance of imperfection is a must! (cracked pots!) but for those that survive in can be truly stunning.

Pieces of pottery are made and bisque before the evenings final outdoor firing. Using a Raku kiln, pieces are fiercely heated to almost 1000C and then glowing orange plunged first into a fermented brew before halting the process by dipping in cold water. The brew first burns ferociously on the pot surface, and in just a few seconds forms soft colours that impregnate the surface.

Patterns can be altered by varying the brew, burnishing the surface or adding colour through slips or surface texture. The patterns formed are totally random and can look mottled, spotty or even feathered.

A delicious mid-morning snack and refreshments will be included.

This workshop is subject to the weather.

Attendance is at your own risk!

Sign up for a fun mid-summer evening with us.

This workshop provide a great opportunity for a “Taster Session” if you are contemplating joining a class. There is nothing like a full hands-on experience, working within a group of like-minded people, and getting a good feel for the facilities, energy and atmosphere of the studio.


Please wear sensible closed footwear, long sleeves and no flowing clothing.

For those not attending regular classes at The Clay Studio, or for those who have no pieces to bring along to fire, there is an additional £10 cash charge on the day to cover the provision of us providing Bisque pieces to fire.



The Clay Studio
Hendal Farm, Cherry Gardens Hill
Tunbridge Wells

Go past the pond and turn right into the far car park, and we are the final building on the right.