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Weekend Ceramics: Raku Pottery

Short Course - All Levels EXTRA
Ceramics: Raku Pottery

If you've ever been at Gray's whilst RAKU firing is happening you'll be familiar with that inviting smokey smell that draws on everyone's curiosity.

Join us for an exclusive opportunity try this yourself. Spend two days learning this ancient/highly specialised process from two highly experienced Ceramicists. 

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

To be confirmed

Course Length

Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
'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.
The results are unique within the world of ceramics as this intense reduction process dramatically affects the colours in the glazes applied.

This course will teach the fundamentals of the Raku firing process. You will have the opportunity to make and decorate pieces before being guided through your first Raku firing. The next day, you will be able to take what they have learned and apply it to a piece for a second raku firing. 

All work will be finished by the end of the course and you can take home and enjoy the work you have created the same day! Due to the complicated and specialised nature of the course, 2 experienced professionals are required to deliver this course.


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Methods of delivery include: demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

Your will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.  

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


This course is not formally assessed. 



Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty. 

The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.


The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.



This course provides a specialist introduction to the fascinating process of Raku - previous experience in ceramics is useful but not necessary.

Required Age

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


Course fee: £175 (All materials and firing provided)


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

Workshop facilities/all firing provided. Crank and Raku glaze provided.


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


Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s Art Shop. Find out more:  



Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each term to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

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Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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