About Raku Firing Workshop with ceramicist Mike Scown

Join ceramicist Mike Scown (the kiln technician at YAS) at the Kiln Yard at Yorkshire Artspace for an introduction to Raku firing.

Your day will start with an introduction talk about the history of Raku with a focus on the traditional Japanese approach and the use of Raku firing to make tea bowls for the traditional tea ceremony. There will be a demonstration of tea bowls being thrown by Mike, and then we will move onto demonstrating the turning and finishing of the tea bowls, and the decoration and charcoal smoking process involved in traditional Raku tea bowls. You will be invited to glaze your own tea bowl, which will have been thrown and biscuit fired ahead of the session, with either red or black Raku glazes. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy or bring an apron or artist smock with you.

Participants must make their own way to the Kiln Yard, Yorkshire Artspace, Persistence Works, Sheffield (postcode S1 2BS) and find their own parking if travelling by car.

Please note: this event takes place at Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield.

Lunch is not provided; however food can be purchased from Kollective Kitchen at The Site Gallery, Sheffield, which is located next door to Yorkshire Artspace. Please email galleryteam@ysp.org.uk if you would like to be added to the booking for this.

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