March 3 & 17, and April 7 & 21, 2018.
Participants will learn the process of raku ceramics. They will learn the origins of Raku and its basis on Buddhist philosophy that teaches acceptance of reality and letting go of notions of perfection and control.
Participants will make objects out of clay that reflect a dialogue between the maker and the material. Emphasis will be made on construction methods that will survive thermal shock of raku firings, and consistent thickness in the structure of the objects. The objects will be glazed for traditional raku firings, but some will be coated with Terra Sigillatta and burnished for sagger and horsehair firings.