Smoke, Raku & Pit Firings in the Spanish Sunshine

 
 
 

This workshop is a specialist firing event where you can explore surface decorations and firing techniques on your own bisque fired work.  You will have plenty of time to explore a wide range of glaze finishes and smoke effects; Caron O'Rourke is an experienced tutor and potter, so you can expect sound tuition and good fun in the beautiful Spanish countryside.


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


Smoke Firing


  • Smoke resist methods
  • Surface pattern & mark making techniques
  • Smoke firing with slow & fast firing fuels

Raku Firing


  • Using glazes & oxides to achieve a wide range of finishes
  • Naked raku glaze techniques using resist slip and smoke
  • Black Firing using sawdust & paper

Please bring 6 - 8 small (teacup size) bisque fired pieces for the raku firings and up to 10 pieces for the smoke firing (reasonable size not exceeding 25cm in any direction) 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.


Pit Firing in a dug out ground pit


  • Using wood, salts, oxides and organic material to achieve flashings of colour
  • You will get the opportunity to repeat the Smoke and Raku Firings so that you can develop some experience and make comparisons
  • Please bring up to 6 reasonably sized (not exceeding 25cm in any direction) bisque fired pieces for the pit firing

Day 3 - Museum & Gallery Visit to Murcia


  • Exploring the historical city
  • Cathedral
  • Group visit to the City Museum
  • Traditional Spanish lunch - Menu del Dias provided

Workshop Times


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

This workshop is a specialist firing event  - YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN BISQUE FIRED WORK


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.


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 15mins. Information and specific directions on how to get here by car or plane will be sent on receipt of your booking.


Costs


Cost for this workshop is 300€

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


This workshop is a specialist firing event  - YOU WILL NEED TO BRING YOUR OWN BISQUE FIRED WORK


(see advice on suitable clays & firing temperatures)


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