Inspired by Ian Rawson whose images of traditional blackhouses adorn our walls, Ceramic artist Moyra Stewart invites you to come and unleash your inner architect….and build the cottage of your dreams : Abode, bothy, blackhouse or country cottage.
In this fun workshop, you will explore different types and shapes from source materials, then you will make the shape of your own wee holiday home. Leaving it to stiffen up, we will have a coffee break for to discuss colour and firing and an introduction to *Raku., Following this we will add the details and refine the piece before hollowing it and finishing.
The pieces will be dried, bisqued and Raku and hand-fired fired according to your preference in the Raku kiln. You may pick up the finished pieces from Studio 48 or they will be posted out to you (cost £5.00) please allow one month for all finishing.
Raku is the ancient Japanese sacred art of the tea bowl ceremony. The ultimate zen experience to make, glaze, fire and then drink from your tea bowl in one day. Many centuries since then Potters the world over continue to slave over small kilns in their backyard in thrall to a technique that rewards and punishes…. sometimes at the same time. The fragility of the soft low fired ware makes the survival of sometimes stunning results become almost miraculous ; handled so roughly at high heat with metal tongs into cold air, plunged into buckets then assaulted with cold water. It’s an incredibly exciting process.
That Adrenalin rush of excitement at watching the speed of glazes melting and coming out of the hot kiln and being dowsed in cold water remains an enduring experience of the art that Raku still embodies today.
Saturday 7th September 1.00p.m. – 4.00p.m.
£40.00 all materials included.
25 Beaverhall Road
Edinburgh EH7 4JE