Raku Firing with Richard Oliver

Join us for a very special afternoon of Raku firing at Butley Mills Studios, lead by artist Richard Oliver.

Saturday 24th September / 3pm – 5pm 

At: Butley Mills Studios, Mill Ln, Butley, Woodbridge IP12 3PZ*

*Please get in touch if you would like to come but need transport, we will try to find a solution.

Raku firing is an ancient ceramics technique where pots are taken from the kiln while they are still glowing hot, then placed in a material that would be able to catch fire, such as sawdust or newspaper – giving a variety of unique colours of glaze.

Two processes will be demonstrated during this event, both firing outdoors in adapted kilns. The large kiln will hold the final piece of a triptych of Richard’s experimental sculptures, using a new type of ceramic application that he is developing. The materials and process are adapted from the foundry casting industry to enable the production of quick-fire sculptures. A small barrel kiln will also be demonstrated and Richard has prepared a group of sculptures made by the same process – attendees will be invited to experiment with the surface decoration using a ‘naked rake’ technique involving un-glazed sculptures with layers of horse hair.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided plus a unique opportunity to tour the Butley Mills Studios and learn more about the artists working there.

This event has been programmed as part of DIRTY WORK, an exhibition of contemporary ceramics on show at both The Art Station, Saxmundham and The Old Theatre, Framlingham.

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