Alternative Raku Workshop Original Alternative Raku Workshop
Angmering (near Worthing), West Sussex, UK

Booking and other information

26th - 29th May 2017 - No longer available

  1. Participants - The workshop is most suitable for participants with at least a basic experience of working with clay who want to know more about these 'alternative' firing and naked clay decorating techniques. The workshop is intended to give participants experience of different methods of achieving surface markings which they can then employ in their own work.
    The techniques will include two-step (glaze resist) naked raku, one-step (slip resist) naked raku, ferric chloride fuming, horsehair/feather raku, and the 'mummy' paper-slip saggar. We will explore burnishing techniques and learn how to make and apply terra sigilatta to previously prepared test tiles.
    Each participant would ideally bring suitable bisqued pieces - either sculptural or vessel forms. We will not make any work at this workshop as the focus will be on decorating and firing techniques. It is hoped that each participant will take home around 10-12 finished pieces. Pieces should be of 'modest' size - full details will be provided after booking. Bisqued pieces will be available to purchase from the organisers if you are unable to bring your own.
    Click here for the detailed provisional programme (Adobe Acrobat required).
Alternative Raku Workshop
  1. Booking Terms and Conditions

    The full cost of the workshop is £380.00. Payment in Full is required within 7 days of booking.
    For cancellations before 1st Mar 2017 - all payments, less an administrative charge of £50 will be refunded. After that date, refunds, less the administration charge, will be made if your place can be filled by somebody else. Should the workshop fail to attract sufficient numbers, it may be cancelled and all monies paid will be returned. There will be no further liability on the part of the organisers. Please consider taking out insurance.

    Payment can be made by Bank Transfer (BACS), or by PayPal (credit/debit cards or PayPal account - 3% Supplement added to cover the PayPal commission). Registrations from outside the UK must pay using PayPal

To book a place on the workshop click here to go to the 'Booking Form'. Complete the form and then click on the 'SUBMIT' button. The form includes options for paying by Bank Transfer(BACS), or PayPal using either card or PayPal account. You will be sent an automated email acknowledgement. The email will give you the bank details for BACS payments. Please ensure that your email address is correct. Should you fail to receive an email after registering please first check that it hasn't gone into your junk mail box.

Alternative Raku Workshop
  1. Organisation - John Evans will be leading the workshop. His work using alternative raku techniques is widely known in the UK and articles about his techniques have featured in 'Ceramic Review','Craft and Design' magazine and international publications. The workshop hours are 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, except that on the final day we will finish after lunch. An excellent lunch will be served each day, freshly cooked on site by our own chef.

  2. Accommodation - a small area, with nearby shower and toilet, is available on site for camping by a small number of participants. There will be no charge for this facility and confirmation will be given after booking. Details of local accommodation (car may be needed) will be forwarded after booking.

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  1. Venue - Angmering is a pretty Sussex village very near to the South Downs and South Coast. (see map opposite) There is good road access from the nearby A27, and rail connections to London Victoria, Gatwick and Southampton airports. We can usually arrange transport to/from local railway stations.

    The workshop will take place at a well-equipped pottery in the village close to shops, pubs and an hotel. We naturally hope for good weather so that most of the activities can take place outside but, in the event of inclement weather there is an undercover firing area for the raku kilns, a large workshop and lounge area.
Alternative Raku Workshop
  1. Health & Safety - This will be a major consideration and participants should bring appropriate clothing as all those attending are expected to participate in the firings by loading/unloading kilns and the reduction bins. PPE wear will be available to participants at the workshop. Eg Leather aprons, welders gloves, protective face-shields, raku tongs - but please bring your own if you have them. Disposable respiratory masks will be available along with chemically resistant gloves, aprons, and eye-protection glasses.
    The workshop may not be suitable for people who are significantly affected by smoke.

Essential-

For firings - Cotton long-sleeved and long-legged clothing, closed footwear (ideally hard top), head protection (cotton) if long hair

Desirable -

For firings - Protective Mask (ideally with full face protection) fitted with a P3 particulate filter (smoke) – ideally also a vapour filter for acid gas fumes.

When using chemicals - Long sleeved Marigold type gloves, Plastic apron.

Alternative Raku Workshop
  1. Miscellaneous

The price includes all materials, tea/coffee, lunch each day, and a copy of the workshop hand-book.

Should you be unable to bring bisqued work suitable small pots and test-tiles can be purchased from the organisers subject to 8 weeks notice prior to the workshop. Full information for making and firing work to bring will be sent after booking.

  1. Tools - The pottery is reasonably well equipped with tools and brushes for student use but please bring your own if you have them.

  2. Further Information - Please call +44 (0) 7801 151255 or email