Upon arrival at the studio, I will give a brief explanation about the History of Raku, and the Raku process. Raku is a Japanese glazing technique developed in the 15th Century. Raku was traditionally used for the Tea Ceremony. Participants, will choose Bisqued Ceramics to be glazed. I will introduce and explain the different glazes, and glazing options. The works will be painted, poured or dipped into the glazes. Then the firing process will begin. The kiln will be loaded, and fired up, the reduction chambers will be prepared, as well as the water buckets for quenching. Once the kiln is at the proper temperature of 950 C, the kiln will be opened and the works removed. This is a coordinated activity, and very fast-paced. Everyone will have their role and task. The works will be pulled very quickly and placed into the reduction chambers, then we will wait for 5 minutes, and remove the works with tongs carefully and place them slowly in water. Then is that "aha" moment when the works are seen and inspected. The results are characteristically spectacular. the reduction process will bring out metallics, coppers, in the glazes, as well as crackles. The more work will be loaded, and the process will repeat. If participants have more time, they will also have the opportunity to make their own works beforehand. However, with this option, a one week interval is required.
I have a Raku Ceramics Studio in my home. I offer the experience of glazing and firing ceramics in a Raku Tradition. Having studied Fine Arts, then later Ceramics for over 12 years and Raku for 7 years I feel well -positioned to host this workshop. I feel excited about sharing my creative process with others. It is my intention to share an aperture of understanding with one's own creative process. This is the most important thing. To experience a Raku Ceramic firing is one of the most amazing experiences! It is truly about Joy and Effortlessness, and letting go of any expectation. It is an exercise in group work, and working together with others. Amazing transformations happen and take place during a firing, between people, within the work itself. It is about being present, in the moment. Instagram:@cynaramori
I will provide a light snack during the workshop. Some hummus and veggies, cheese and crackers. Dietary restrictions can be…
Complimentary tea, Coffee, Juice or Water will be made available during the workshop.
My workshops take place within my own home. I live near the town of Sitges, within 15 minutes walking distance from the Train Station, and very accessible from Barcelona. The house is large, with a beautiful garden, and has a very peaceful and secluded energy. The glazing will be done in the Ceramic Studio, while the actual firing takes place outside in the backyard. I do know many secret spots around Sitges, which I would be happy to share.
Japanese Raku Ceramic with Master artist