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Raku Workshop

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155 Gibbs St
At Beall Ave
Washington, District of Columbia 20850
Venue: VisArts Rooftop
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this ceramics class:

Raku is a firing process developed in 16th century Japan; ceramics fired in this manner are referred to as Raku or Raku pottery. It is an exciting way to create unique decorative pottery.

Raku pieces are glazed, dried and then put directly into a very hot kiln where they remain about 20 minutes until the glazes have melted at a temperature of 1820 F. Each piece is them removed from the kiln using long Raku tongs and put into a container with combustible material. The atmosphere inside the covered container produces wonderful lustrous and crackle glazes, which makes each piece unique.

Glazing and firing is done in our Raku kiln at 6th floor terrace.

No previous experience in Raku is necessary and all glaze materials are included in the workshop.

On the first day of the workshop participants will bring bisqued items and will glaze using special raku glazes (Copper Penny, Turquoise Crackle, Clear Crackle and Hawaiian Copper Blue). If time permits we will also be firing on unglazed bisqued pots using "naked" and horsehair firing techniques.
On the second day we will fire all glazed pots. In order to be bisqued by the first day of the workshop, all items for Raku must be on the to-be-bisqued shelves no later than Tuesday October 24th.

Our standard and little loafers clay is well-suited to the Raku process and may be purchased from us, if necessary.

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From our beginning in 1987 as Rockville Arts Place operating in a converted garage to our current contemporary, state of the art facility in Rockville Town Square, VisArts has served local residents, students, art lovers, professional artists and others with an interest in the arts. Each year, VisArts...

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