Masterclass - Throwing Demo & Raku Firing with Anthony Dix
Anthony Dix is a ceramicist with over 15 year experience working with clay. Anthony throws his work using a potters wheel and then finishes each piece using the vapour glaze technique - Soda Firing.
Throwing and Raku Masterclass - 18th AUGUST 2019
10am-12pm - Anthony will be demonstrating his throwing skills along with some helpful tips when throwing in repeat. Time will be given at the end of the demonstration for any questions you may have.
12pm-1pm - BBQ Lunch.
1pm-4pm - Anthony will take you through the different types of glazes and oxides that can be used in Raku firing along with other different types of combustibles that can be added. We will supply some pre-made and bisque fired pots for painting and adding to the Raku kiln.
Full Day Workshop including Lunch - £90
Raku Afternoon Workshop ONLY - £45
What is Raku?
Raku is a Japanese word that can be translated as enjoyment, happiness, or comfort.
Raku generally refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials. Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed. This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which affects the colors in glazes and clay bodies. The drastic thermal shock also produces cracking (known as crackling since it is deliberate). The original Japanese style of raku is an outgrowth from Buddhist influences in life and especially in the tea ceremony.
Working with clay can be very messy. We supply aprons but it is probably best if you come to the classes in clothes and footwear you don't mind getting dirty. No watches or jewellery to be worn and you may want to tie your hair back in preparation. Cardiff Pottery Workshops Foundation will not be held responsible for any damage to clothing, shoes, jewellery, watches or mobile devices whilst in the studio.
Unfortunately if you miss a class this cannot be taken at a later date and no reimbursement will be offered.
Classes start on time and if you are late you can join the class but time cannot be made up at the end of the workshop.
Classes must be paid for in full.
Please be aware you are in a working studio and due care and attention must be given. Inductions will be given on the equipment you will be using. You must not use any other equipment in the studio. Cardiff Pottery Workshop Foundations will not be held responsible for any injury you may incur if you break the rules of the studio.
We want you to have the best experience during your time in the studio and part of that is making sure all participants comply with our health and safety procedures. You must sign a form agreeing to comply with our Health and Safety practice. The company reserves the right to exclude any participant if they consistently fail to meet any of these conditions.
All work made in classes will be bisque fired and glazed. Please be aware that although every due care and attention is given to every piece we put in the kiln, once inside the kiln we cannot be held responsible for any work that cracks, explodes or is damaged due to another object exploding. This unfortunately, is out of our hands and is part of the many difficulties of working with clay.
We endeavour to have all finished work ready for collection within 3 weeks. After this date we hold all work for a minimum of 12 weeks. Any work not collected after this date will unfortunately be discarded due to minimal studio space. Collection of work is the responsibility of the maker.
All images on the website are used for inspiration purposes only. All work created on a Saturday Workshop will be glazed in a gloss white glaze and not as the images above.