Raku Firing Retreat
Join us for an action packed, creative, educational day of raku firings, a homemade lunch, and good people in the heart of San Luis Obispo’s wine country!
Bring 3-6 ceramic ALREADY BISQUE FIRED pieces approximately 6" x 6" x 6" in size or 2-3 larger forms no wider than 15" or taller than 18". If bringing smaller pieces, bring a few extra in case there’s room!
We will cover the basics of the raku process, glaze your bisque-ware, and fire the kiln 3-5 times depending on participants' work. A range of crackle and copper glazes will be provided, but feel free to bring your own raku glazes if you have them!
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. If you have any dietary restrictions, please leave a note in the checkout screen. Also, feel free to bring any food or beverages of your own 🙂
Any mid-range clay body will work, but the groggier the better! While there is a higher chance of cracking pieces during this process, porcelain or B-mix is much more likely to crack and is not recommended. Bringing forms that are a bit on the thick side will also help withstand thermal shock. If you have questions about the size or clay body of your pieces, please reach out.
* Note that raku pots don't fire hot enough to become fully vitrified, making them not water tight or food-safe.
Will my pots be food safe / waterproof?
No. The raku process does not get hot enough to fully vitrify into watertight or food safe ceramic. For this reason it is recommended that you bring decorative work for firing.
Will I be able to take my work home with me?
Yes! raku is a quick process that will allow your pieces to be glazed, fired, and cleaned up all in a single day. Your work will smell very smoky so its a good idea to bring a trash bag to wrap the piece for the drive home. Trust me.
Do you have recommendations for places to stay?
San Luis Obispo is not the easiest places to book accommodations for in the summer so please make sure you can find a place to stay if necessary prior to signing up. Recommended cities for stay range from Arroyo Grande, Oceano, Pismo, Shell, Avila, and San Luis Obispo. Paso Robles is also a nice place to stay, but will be about a 50min drive to the studio.
Can I bring my own food or beverages?
Of course! Lunch and some refreshments will be provided, but feel free to bring your own stacks for you or others as well as any beverages of your choice.
Can I bring my own glaze or use non raku glaze?
You will need to use glazes specifically for raku, but you can feel free to bring your own glaze to the workshop. If you do, please email me in advance with a link to the glaze or recipe.
What will be served for lunch?
This will be determined at a later date and participants will be contacted to make sure the meal of choice works for them. If you have any dietary restrictions please add a note at checkout.
What COVID-19 precautions will be taken?
The workshop and lunch will take place entirely outdoors where everyone can remain as socially distanced as they feel comfortable being. Masks will not be required for participants who are fully vaccinated, but if you are not vaccinated you will be encouraged to mask up when in close proximity to others.
Can I bring my dog or children?
Raku involves a lot of really hot materials and is not safe for rogue children or dogs. That being said, if they are carefully kept out of harms way, the more the merrier 🙂
Can I just watch and not fire any work?
Yes! if you want to just watch, learn, eat food, hang out, or ask qustions, simply choose “spectator” before adding the workshop to your cart. This is also a good option if you want to bring a +1 that might not be a potter.