Join Eunice and Helen, for this fun and exciting workshop to explore a variety of alternative firing techniques and their diverse results. Learn about Obvara, Horse Hair and Naked Raku, and the spontaneous and unpredictable magic and alchemy of these three firing processes, whilst enjoying a day in the Sussex countryside.
Obvara Raku: this Eastern European technique involves plunging hot pots into a fermented yeast brew. The scalding creates naturally flowing markings with wonderful movement and randomness.
Naked Raku: without glaze, a layer of resist slip is applied to bisque pots, these are fired in the open air and then placed into a fiery reduction chamber forcing smoke to create striking patterns.
Horse Hair Raku: glowing pots have strands of horse hair, feathers or other organic matter or perhaps sugar crystals applied directly. These materials scorch leaving black carbonised lines and smoky images contrasting against smooth white.
All materials, excluding pots, are included in the cost as well as refreshments and a light lunch. Sensible clothing with long sleeves and hard enclosed footwear is recommended - safety goggles and gauntlets are provided.
Students can bring their own bisqueware (6 pieces, max dimensions 12cm diam. 20cm height), it is recommended that these are made from a strong white clay, can be slipped, burnishing can improve contrast and perhaps add texture (see images for helpful suggestions). For those unable to make their own pieces a selection of pots will be available to fire from the studio (6 pieces @ £25).
This also includes all refreshments, a yummy lunch and all materials.