with Vassos Demetriou

4.05.19 & 11.05.19

about the workshop

A two-day workshop dedicated to Raku pottery. Raku is commonly known in the West as a technique from 16th century Japan, in which pots are fired at a very fast pace and are removed from the hot kiln as soon as they reach their firing temperature and while still glowing hot, to cool in the open air. A western development of this technique includes placing the hot vessel in an open-air container filled with combustible material. This process produces a variety of colors, metallic textures, and surface effects. The growing interest in Raku today is probably due to its special characteristics, as it allows the tanning of the smoked clay to be combined with vivid colored glazes, and since the pots can be glazed and fired in just a few hours.