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
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
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
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
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
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.
To book courses, request further information or contact Caron: