Instructor: Carol McDonough
Cost: $60 Non-Members, $55 Members per participant.
Note: This is a great activity to do with a child or friend. The participant cost covers two clay pieces. A parent or guardian can bring a child and work together to make two pieces to fire for one fee, or each can make two pieces for two fees.
This hands-on workshop is a ceramic experience in two acts…
First Class: Sunday, May 6th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Clay-work day)
Carol will demonstrate using clay slabs to create a cylindrical vase and a footed bowl. Participants will then make two objects, either two vases, two bowls or one of each. At the end of class, participants will sign up for their preferred firing time to take place the following Sunday.
Participants arrive at their assigned times and are encouraged to bring siblings, grandparents, dogs, marshmallows etc. in tow. Raku is an exciting and engaging ceramic firing technique. When raku clay and glaze reaches a peak of heat and maturity in a specially designed kiln, the vessels are removed with long tongs and submerged in combustible material. This action causes oxygen reduction which gives unique, one-of-a-kind, decorative surfaces to the clay forms.
Participants should expect to spend about 2 hours glazing and firing their pieces. Aesthetic decisions are made, glaze is applied by dipping, brushing and/or splashing. Fun will be had and after a fast firing in the Raku kiln with the help of each student- THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF ART EVER is fished out of the ashes!