Raku Workshop

This workshop is for Maine K-12 Art Educators.

After a successful Fall 2017 Raku Workshop, we are excited to offer another Raku Workshop in Spring 2018! Join our Studio Manager, Reeder Fahnestock, for a one-day workshop in which he will discuss the general history, theory and practice of firing ceramics in a raku kiln. He will also discuss raku kiln design and demonstrate how to build a raku kiln using an electric kiln and propane gas burner. Raku firing techniques will be discussed and put into practice in the Watershed raku kiln. There will be ample time for participants to glaze their work using raku glazes provided for the workshop by Watershed.

Date: Friday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
19 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle, ME
Registration Fee:
$25.00 (includes lunch and materials)

Contact hours will be provided by Watershed for this workshop.

Participants should bring bisqued pieces no larger than 10” tall by 6” wide for the firing. Please keep in mind:

  • Bisque temperature should be pyrometeric cone 04/06.
  • Clay should be specifically formulated for raku firing. Portland pottery carries Standard brand #239 and #295. The #295 has an addition of kyanite that gives the clay additional strength to withstand some of the thermal shock associated with the raku firing process and is recommended for large work. Either clay will be suitable for our purposes.
  • Flat pieces like plates and wide bowls can be problematic and for purposes of the workshop are discouraged.
  • Please be aware that raku firing does not produce work suitable for food service and vessels may be too porous to hold liquid.

This workshop is full, if you would like to be added to the wait list please email Juliette at jwalker@watershedceramics.org.