Ceramics: Raku Pottery (Foundation/Intermediate | EXTRA)

1. Overview

Have you been intrigued at seeing the Raku process on TV? Wanted to try out the technique for yourself?

This is an exclusive opportunity to spend two days learning the highly specialised process from 2 highly experienced Ceramicists.  

2. What you will study

'Raku' meaning 'Enjoyment' in Japanese is the process of taking very hot pots out of a kiln at 950C and placing them in sawdust, before quenching them in water. The process requires experience, delicacy and a bit of luck but the results are unique within the world of ceramics.

This course will teach the fundamentals of the Raku firing process. Students will have the opportunity to make and decorate pieces themselves before being guided through their first Raku firing.
The next day, students will be able to take what they have learned the day before and apply it to a piece for a second raku firing.
All work will be finished by the end of the course and students can take home and enjoy the work they have created the same day! Due to the complicated and specialised nature of the course, 2 experienced professionals are required to support this unique course.

3. Entry Requirements

This course provides a specialist introduction to the fascinating process of Raku. No formal entry requirements.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of the course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £175 (All materials provided)

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU’s conditions).


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional information

Clothing: the class will be held mainly outside the ceramics workshops so students will need to wear sturdy footwear and have a warm jacket scarf and hat in case the weather is cold. Older clothes is recommended as raku can be a messy process.

Crank and Raku glaze provided.

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

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Start Date

3 and 4 June 2017

Course Length

10hrs (Weekend)
Saturday 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday10:00 - 2:00pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/EXTRA

Academic School
Gray's School of Art
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