SATURDAY 10:00AM-1:00PM or 2:00-5:00PM
MAR 14, 2020
SUNDAY 10:00AM-1:00PM or 2:00-5:00PM
MAR 15, 2020

Instructor: Ken Carmean

In this workshop, students will be able to fire multiple times and explore the possibilities of Raku firing and other quick-fire techniques including naked slip Raku, horse hair, saggar firing, and more.  We will have 2 Raku kilns firing on alternate rotations so everyone will be able to participate in multiple firings and develop their technique with the quick turn-around. 

Students should bring bisqued pieces to glaze the day of, or plan to glaze the week leading up to the workshop.  A variety of sizes and shapes are encouraged to maximize the amount of work that can be fired, we will fire as many pieces as time allows. 

What is Raku?  Raku generally refers to a type of low-firing process that was inspired by traditional Japanese raku firing. Western-style raku usually involves removing pottery from the kiln while at bright red heat and placing it into containers with combustible materials.  Once the materials ignite, the containers are closed.  This produces an intense reduction atmosphere which affects the glaze color and clay bodies.  The drastic thermal shock also produces a crackle-glaze effect in some glazes.  The original Japanese style of raku is an outgrowth from Buddhist influences in life and especially in the tea ceremony.

$40 members

$20 materials fee due at registration covers glazes, propane, use of raku gear & supplies.

All Levels
Ages 14+

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Ken Carmean

Ken Carmean


Ken Carmean started making pottery in his senior year of high school, from there he attended the junior college in San Bernardino as an art major.  It wasn’t long before he was a studio potter, making clay and glazes, loading glaze kilns and firing salt and Raku kilns.  For 14 years he operated Arrowhead Stoneware and has sold his pottery all over the western United States. Ken has worked in clay for over 30 years and was a monitor and instructor at Sonoma Ceramics for a number of years.