Creative Ceramics and Raku – Entry Level 3

Creative Ceramics and Raku – Entry Level 3

Duration: 11 weeks
Start Date: To be confirmed
Day and time: Wednesday, 11.30am-2.30pm
Course fee: £145 / FREE (fee remissions available)
Enrolment information: For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Aims

Raku is a special ceramic technique where you are in touch with the whole making, glazing and smoking process that produces the classic raku crackle glazes used on cups for the Japanese tea ceremony. You will learn how to make items using raku clay. This course is suitable for beginners or those with experience who want to try new techniques.

It is a largely practical course which gives the opportunity to develop and practise the creative skills required for RAKU.  Working with the elements of fire, water and earth you’ll explore the Japanese pottery technique. Loosely translated Raku can mean enjoyment, pleasure, comfort, happiness and contentment. This low firing technique is connected to a rich cultural and spiritual heritage where there is still much to be discovered, experienced and shared.

This course allows you to study on a part time basis, attending one three-hour session a week so it can be accommodated alongside employment, childcare and other commitments. It might be of particular interest if you are wanting a career change or just wanting to experience something different and enhance your practical and creative skills.

Entry Requirements

No previous ceramic skills are required

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please call 01482 615 349 / 616 580 or email:

Course Content

After looking at some examples, you will choose which glazes and colours you would like to use and paint them on to the pot. You will then participate in this traditional firing practice. When the pots are ready to be removed from the kiln, you will learn how to take them out safely before dunking them in water.

During this course you will learn:

  • How to handmake items using pinching, slabbing or press moulding
  • How to add slip colour at the leather hard stage
  • How to glaze using raku glazes
  • How to leave areas to remain unglazed and black from smoking

You will participate in the outdoor glaze firing and sawdust smoking.

Assessment Method

Your tutor will observe as you complete practical tasks and give you feedback to help develop your skills.  As well as practical samples you will produce some written work, photographs during the developmental stages and written evaluations of your finished projects. Your group will evaluate each other’s work.

Where can it lead?

You could progress on to the Creative Ceramics Level 1 course.

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