Raku is a firing process that originates in 16th century Japan, translating to something approximating 'ease' or 'enjoyment'. It involves heating pots very quickly in a small kiln before removing them at about 1000 C with metal tongs and plunging them into beds of sawdust, which bursts into flames. This stains the clay black with smoke and produces beautiful effects in glazes.
I currently teach courses on Raku firing at The Art House Sheffield, as well as offering private firing sessions for groups and building Raku kilns to order. Please use the Contact page for further information.