Ceramic & Firing Workshop

 
 
 

This workshop will guide you through the whole process of making and firing your own ceramics; hand-building, surface decoration and firing techniques are demonstrated and discussed to enable you to develop your own ideas and enjoyment of ceramics. Caron O'Rourke is an experienced tutor and potter, you can expect sound tuition and good fun in the beautiful Spanish countryside.


Workshop will include: Tuition, materials, firing, personal and group discussions on techniques, coffee/ tea and a daily vegetarian lunch.


Days 1 & 2 - Ceramic Workshops


  • Welcome to the studio
  • Developing your ideas, discuss prefered styles
  • Hand building
  • Surface decoration techniques

Day 3 - A Morning of Smoke & Raku Firings Followed by an Afternoon of Optional Activities


  • Explore firing techniques using test tiles and bisque fired work brought from home
  • Smoke firing with slow & fast firing fuels
  • Using glazes & oxides to achieve a wide range of finishes
  • Naked Raku glaze techniques using resist slip and smoke

Please bring 6 - 8 small (teacup size) bisque fired pieces for the smoke and Raku firings. It is suggested you also bring up to 15 'test tiles' (saucer size) which are very useful to make a record of the smoke & Raku effects.manufactured bisc tiles can be purchased from the studio, please request these on the booking form to ensure adequate stock.


Afternoon Options:

  • Health & Beauty Pampering
  • Yoga
  • Cycling
  • Hill Walking
  • Personal Gallery
  • Visit to Murcia or Alicante

Day 4 - Bisc Firing of New Work & Raku Firing&


  • Drying and bisque firing of work created during day 1 & 2
  • Refining firing techniques using test tiles and bisque fired work brought from home
  • Smoke firing with slow & fast firing fuels
  • Using glazes & oxides to achieve a wide range of finishes
  • Naked Raku glaze techniques using resist slip and smoke

As soon as your work is cool enough from the bisc kiln we will review the new work, make comparisions with previous firing experiements and then glaze the work in preparation for the final days exploration.


Day 5 - Smoke & Raku Firing


  • Explore firing techniques using bisque fired work created in Spain
  • Smoke firing with slow & fast firing fuels
  • Using glazes & oxides to achieve a wide range of finishes
  • Naked Raku glaze techniques using resist slip and smoke
  • Tapas and Wine Celebration with fellow artists and new friends where you can review your artwork created during the workshops and discuss plans for future developments.

Suitable Clays & Firing Temperature


For these firings use any open bodied clay - low bisque between 820 - 920 degrees centigrade. Burnishing is advised but not necessary. If you are travelling by aeroplane it is suggested you bring pieces which will fit inside one another and bring plenty of tiles.


Workshop Times


Daily 10am - 6pm Lunch/Siesta 2 - 4 pm. The pool and sun terraces are available during lunch.

On the Friday evening we will gather for a Spanish Tapas & Wine Celebration where we can chill out a little more,watch the sun go down and celebrate a great week.


Transporting your Ceramics Home


Pots can be transported home in your normal luggage allowance but there are restrictions on size and weight, please check with your airline before travelling.


Travel Information


Encebras is located in the mountainous border region of Murcia and Valencia in southern Spain; flight are available from most European airports to Alicante and San Javier (Murcia) Airport pickup can be arranged, Alicante 50mins, San Javier 1hr 20mins. Information and specific directions on how to get to the studio by car or plane will be sent on receipt of your booking.


Costs


Cost for this workshop is 300€. Clay is charged at cost (10Euros/10kgs) to allow you to work at your prefered scale and speed.  Advance booking and payment is essential as numbers are strictly limited.


Workshop will include: Tuition, glaze materials, tools, individual and group discussions on techniques, coffee/ tea and a daily vegetarian lunch.


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