M & K Raku Workshops

I run raku workshops with fellow potter Mark Compton throughout the summer months from April to October.

What is Raku?
Raku is a pottery firing process developed in 16th century Japan for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside where they remain for about half an hour until the glazes have melted at a temperature of approximately 1000°c. The pieces are then removed from the gas fired kiln with long Raku tongs, put into a nest of sawdust and covered with a metal cover - creating a reduction chamber. This reduction atmosphere changes the molten glaze to produce the most wonderful colourful, lustrous crackle glazes which are associated with Raku Pottery. 
Raku firing is one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery!!!

Taking part
No previous experience is necessary - we make biscuit fired pots/dishes that can be bought on the day from £5 each or you can bring up to 8 pieces of your own biscuit fired work (depending on the size), so even if you don't have any pottery experience you will have a great day and take home some beautiful raku fired pots!

Workshops cost £100 (2019 price) and run from 10am - 5pm. Hot drinks and cakes are included but please bring your own packed lunch.  We are limited to 10 students per workshop. For more information and to check availability please email: workshops@mkraku.co.uk                                                               

Workshops take place at:
Westbury Arts Centre, Foxcovert Road, Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes. MK5 6AA                                                                                                     

Dates for this years workshops are:
Saturday 13 April Saturday 27 April Saturday 18 May Saturday 13 July Saturday 27 July Dates for August - October will follow later in the year.

Visit our blog for lots of photographs from previous workshops and for more information. www.mkraku.co.uk