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Raku Workshops at Sandy Hill Arts

Raku Workshop – September 2 Day Make Glaze & Fire

Join us in another of our two day raku workshop that uses a variety of hand building techniques to take you from raw clay to finished, fired, glazed work ready for you to take home. This fun workshop, led by local ceramicists Richard Jeffery and Jayne Cunliffe, is suitable for absolute beginners, or for those with some ceramics experience who want to see the raku process through from start to finish. the workshop will have a maximum of eight students

Day One – Saturday 10th September 2022
Make a number of pieces using basic hand building techniques: slab building (making work from flat slabs of clay, rolled out like pastry), pics pots and coiling – an ancient technique allowing you to build up simple or complex shapes by adding strips of clay. You can expect to make some simple vases, or if you are feeling adventurous a box form.
At the end of this session, we dry and biscuit fire your work to make it strong enough for glazing and raku firing.

Day Two – Saturday 24th September 2022
Help prepare and mix a variety of glazes to decorate your work in whichever way you choose. Apply glazes to your work and help fire it in a raku kiln.
The raku firing is the culmination of this workshop – helping load the kiln and manage the firing, smoking and washing your beautiful pots ready to take home…

The two days costs £95 (including clay, glazes, bisque and raku firing) per person.


24th September 2022


8:00 am - 6:00 pm


Sandy Hill Arts
Sandy Hill Lane, Corfe Castle, Dorset BH20 5JF


  • Richard Jeffery
    Richard Jeffery

    Richard Jeffery is a Dorset photographer and ceramicist.

    “Photography is often about surface and texture, the passage of time and water across the seen environment; about landscape and unseen human interaction, the small detail of landscape often overlooked. Images from rather than of the landscape, often analogue, shot on medium or large format cameras.”

    Richard’s ceramic work is hand built using stoneware and sometimes porcelain clays, usually raku or smoke fired. His recent work explores early memories of children’s tin toys from the 1950s and 60s.

    Richard has taught both subjects in Further Education for twenty years, and is keen for students to learn through exploration as much as possible. He is a trustee of Sandy hill Arts.

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