hand-building & raku workshop

Raku teabowl, hand carved Japanese style and glazed in a blue and turquoise lustre glaze

hand-building & raku firing

Learn the basic and ancient pinch-pot or kurinuki technique with which to create one or two bowls as well as a larger bottle/vase or sculptural form. Come back two weeks later to glaze your work and experience all the excitement of a raku firing!


This is an ideal entry level course for beginners as no experience is necessary. If you have some hand-building experience already you may develop your own project during the two hours (subject to size/technique restrictions).


NB. Raku ware is for decorative use only.

new dates for 2022

Hand-building & Raku Firing – Fully booked – reserve list available

Sunday 23rd January, 2pm-4.30pm 

Sunday 6th February, 10am-2pm


Kurinuki & Raku Firing – Fully booked – reserve list available

Sunday 13th February, 2pm-4.30pm &

Sunday 27th February, 10am-2pm


£90 per person

£30 deposit to secure a place

Each course limited to 6 people
Suitable for both beginners and those with experience

To book please email info@nicolahenderson.co.uk 

Sudent work from a raku firing at House for an Art Lover

first session - two and a half hours

Learn the ancient pinch-pot technique, or kurinuki carving technique (dependant on which course you have booked) to create one or two smaller vessels and a larger bottle/vase or organic, sculptural form. Different decorating techniques are discussed as well as an introduction into the characteristics of raku glazes and an explanation on the effects of flames and smoke on pieces during the reduction process. 

second session - four hours

Glazing and firing. Demo of basic glazing methods before glazing your own work. We fire your work outside using a rapid-firing raku kiln and reduction bins. You take your work away with you at the end of the firing.

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