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John Evans' Alternative Raku Workshop Courses 2018

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John Evans Alternative Raku Workshops

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naked raku pot
Naked Raku Pot
Conventional raku workshop courses use surface glazes to provide decorative effects. The 'Original' workshops explore a variety of techniques suitable for the raku kiln where marks are made by smoke or chemical fumes impregnating the clay body. The focus for the 'Advanced' Workshops is similar except that some of the techniques will use fuming over glazes to produce specialised effects,

Techniques may include glaze-resist raku (aka 'two-step naked raku); slip-resist raku (aka 'one-step naked raku'); horse-hair/feather raku; ferric fuming in tin-foil saggars; saggar firing in paper-slip saggars. The 'Advanced' workshop will further explore naked raku decorating techniques and also include pitfiring, indian smoke barrel firing, 'mummy' saggar, and fuming over glaze with ferric and stannous chlorides.

The 'Original' workshop is aimed at those having at least a basic experience of working with clay and who are looking to gain knowledge and skill of burnishing and terra sigillata to provide the smooth and polished surface ideal for these 'naked clay' techniques. The 'Advanced' workshop is suitable for ceramicists familiar with burnishing and terra sigilatta. Ideally they will also have some expereince of naked clay techniques.
Ferric Fumed Bowl
Ferric fumed
Undercover raku area
Feather Raku Pot

The number of participants is limited to ensure good hands-on involvement. The workshop focus is on the firing and decorating techniques and no work is made at the workshops. Participants should ideally be able to bring bisqued work ready for decorating and information will be provided after booking on suitable clay bodies and firing temperatures. Suitable bisqued pieces can be available for purchase by participants if necessary.

A few free camping places may be available at the UK workshops and reasonably priced local B&B accommodation is available.

John Evans' work using alternative raku techniques is widely known in the UK and has featured in 'Ceramic Review' and many books on naked clay techniques.

John is also available to lead workshops at your premises and tailored to your needs whether in the UK or other countries. One-to-one tuition is also available at his studio in Worthing. Please email if these options may be of interest.
Paper Saggar fired with CuCO3 and salt
Paper Saggar fired
read article from Craft & Design Magazine Mar/Apr 2011
read article from Barnet Collection Newsletter July 2016
read articles from Kent Potters News - Aug 2015 and Dec 2016
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