Ceramic Workshops in the Spanish Sunshine


The course is structured so that you can create a body of ceramic work which explores the ancient and unique process of Raku. The original Japanese raku ceramics  were created during the16th century to celebrate the tea ceremony but contemporary artists now adapt this firing process to explore the fusion of clay, fire and colour.

These  workshops will guide you through the whole process of making and firing your own ceramics; through demonstrations and practical experience you will explore hand-building, surface decoration and firing techniques to develop your own ideas and enjoyment of ceramics.

The course is suitable for the complete beginner or experienced potters who want to extend their skills in the company of fellow artists. The outdoor kiln areas allows you to enjoy the fantastic scenery while you fire your ceramics. Caron O'Rourke is an experienced tutor and potter, you can expect sound tuition and good fun throughout the course; a maximum of 6 people will be on each course so that you will receive plenty of individual guidance. 

Ceramic Workshops 

Thursdays & Fridays Throughout the Year.

Summer Hours 9.00am - 12.00am Winter Hours 10.00am - 1.00pm

The course is very flexible to allow everyone to work at their own pace and enjoy this experience. The first three workshops will cover hand building and surface decoration, this artwork will then be biscuit fired in preparation for the two sessions of kiln firings which include the diverse and unique techniques of Raku and smoke firing.


Over the course you will explore the following ceramic techniques:

  • Developing your ideas from drawings or photos
  • Hand building - modelling, thumb, coil and slab building.
  • Surface decoration techniques
  • Explore smoke and Raku firing techniques using test tiles and bisque fired work
  • Smoke firing with fast firing fuels
  • Using Raku glazes & oxides to achieve a wide range of finishes
  • Naked Raku glaze techniques using resist slip and smoke


Cost for this course is 15€ for each morning session, the workshops will include: Tuition, tools, individual and group discussions on techniques, gas firings, coffee/tea and refreshments. Clay is charged at cost (10Euros/10kgs) to allow you to work at your prefered scale and speed. 

What to bring

  • Apron or overalls
  • Note book / sketch pad
  • Camera
  • Newspapers for the fast firings
  • We have a good stock of pottery tools but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer
  • Cardboard / plastic box & packing materials to protect your work on your way home

Travel Information

Encebras is located 6kms east of Pinoso, with easy  access off the CV83 Pinoso to Monovar road. The Casa de Girasol studio is located 200mts past the Encebras water fountain along the main camino. Plenty of car parking available.

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