David Duckworth | 26 April & 10 May

David Duckworth | 26 April & 10 May


Raku workshop

Day 1 - 26th April

This is a two day workshop where on day one you will explore a variety of hand-building techniques dating back to the origins of Raku in 16th century Japan.

You will make three tea bowls using traditional tools -’Kanna’ in a Wabi Sabi approach to making in clay and some slab work using printing and textures based upon the nearby landscape. This approach encourages a freer and more relaxed attitude allowing forms and residual marks to emerge and inform the final piece.This is similar to the contemplative and meditative nature of Japanese gardens.Each stage is fully demonstrated in a supportive and positive atmosphere both in one to one and group tuition. All pieces will be dried and biscuit fired in my studio ready for day two.

Day 2 - 10th May

Here you will experience the full excitement of Raku firing. From glazing each of your pieces to firing up my hand built outdoor kiln, to reducing the pieces in sawdust and then quenching in water.

Experience the amazing reduction effects created in your work that you will take home on the day! This truly is a dramatic and memorable process where magical iridescent effects and colours are created, from copper reds to turquoise blues and greens.

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About David

I have a lifelong fascination with the properties and feel of clay. Over the years I have experienced many techniques and methods in ceramics such as earthenware and stoneware. l have always returned to the spontaneity and drama of Raku. This fascination was enhanced by a trip to Kyoto three years ago where l worked alongside a ceramics master in the techniques and processes of Raku. Shirigu San encouraged me to adopt a differing approach to clay and Art. This Wabicha or Wabi Sabi philosophy emphasises a humility and respect for nature and to allow materials to speak and not to impose yourself too much on the work. A frisson or balance is created between the pot or vessel and the natural inclinations of the clay.This freer approach continues to fascinate and is evident in the enthusiasm of participants in each of the workshops.