John Scott and John Evans workshops, work using alternative raku and Saggar techniques.
Conventional raku workshops use surface glazes to provide decorative effects. These 'alternative' workshops explore a variety of techniques suitable for the raku kiln where marks are made by smoke or chemical fumes impregnating the clay body.
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 workshop will look at the use of burnishing and terra sigillata to provide the smooth and polished surface ideal for these 'naked clay' techniques.
There will be tips on how to make work for successful firing.
How to achieve those solid blacks and whites and the use of colour in naked raku.
The number of participants is limited to ensure good hands-on involvement.
The workshop is aimed at those already having some basic experience of working with clay.
The course is good for those looking to gain knowledge and skill in applying these surface treatments to their work.
You should be able to bring simple bisqued pieces to the workshop. Some free camping places are available at the UK workshops and reasonably priced local accommodation is available.