Raku at Rainbow Lodge

27th April and 4th May

160 Euros for both days, all materials, firings and tuition included.
Bring your own lunch or can be provided for 7.50 euros.

Marv and Diane from Muddy Fingers Pottery in the UK are bringing their ever popular raku workshops over to Portugal in 2019!
This 2 day workshop will happen on Saturday 27th April and Saturday 4th May 9am-5pm.
It's aimed at adults with little or no knowledge of pottery and Raku.

A little bit about Muddy Fingers...
We've been making and teaching pottery for over 15 years in the UK. We currently supply tableware to top chefs and restaurants such as Burberry and Tom Kerridge and we also run 4 regular night classes a week from our workshop, also running one off sessions at galleries and museums on weekends.
We are coming to Portugal because we want to run more regular workshops specifically in the central area, with a view to eventually settling there.
We do dozens of raku sessions over the year at our workshop, at fairs and festivals ad also at music festivals such as Green Man, Glastonbury and Wilderness. We love having a wide variety of projects on the go and really enjoy new challenges.

About the course...
Day One.
After short introductions and a brief explanation of raku and what you'll do on the course we will get started with how to prepare your clay for making raku pots. We show you a demonstration on different making techniques where we will make some simple coil pots and pinch pots to get used to the clay and what you can do with it. From there you can make more decorative and complicated pots using materials found in nature to print with. We will have informal tea breaks and an hours lunch break. Our classes are always really relaxed and fun but really informative too! We will use our surroundings as the basic inspiration for the forms of the pots and provide sketchbooks and pencils to draw out your ideas on paper before making them come to life in clay. We will aim for up to 6 small vessels/sculptures each person and maybe a few test tiles too so when you come back for the second session, you can see roughly what the glazes will do.

Day Two.
Glazing day! Wear long sleeves, long trousers and sensible shoes please! We will start the day by looking at some glaze samples and discussing the diffent effects and why they happen. we will have bisque fired your pots ready for glazing so we will show you some different techniques using resist and brush work.
Then its your turn to decorate your pots however you like. We will be doing firings throughout the day as and when the pots have been glazed. Last firing will be going on about 4pm with a 5pm finish. It's possible that this may overrun due to the nature of gas firings but we will try stick to time!
If we have time, we will do some saggar firings to get a smoked effect on the outside of your pots. We can use natural found organic materials for this (coffee grinds, leaves, bark etc) which we will forage for on the day. Once your pots have been cooled down and washed off, they are ready to take away the same day. You will have the chance to learn about the firing cycle, take the pots out of the kiln (if suitably dressed) and how we built the kiln.

Things to note...
Wear sensible shoes on the firing day along with long sleeves and long trousers.This is essential if you want to take part in lifting your pots from the kiln.
The pots you make will not be food safe or frost proof.
Over 16’s only
We need payment up front before the workshop takes place.
No refunds or transfers will be given on any tickets bought.
There is a 4.50 euro fee charged on paypal to cover our fees. If you do not want to pay this, you can pay via BACS (email us for details).
We will email you confirmation of your place on the course once the funds have cleared and if you need a voucher for this course, we are happy to send a physical one out to you too.
Bring your own lunch or let us know in advance if you'd like to purchase a meal at the venue for 7.50 Euros.
Places limited to 10 people

Saturday, April 27, 2019 -
09:00 to 17:00