Conventional raku workshop courses use surface glazes to provide decorative effects. The 'Original' workshops explore a variety of techniques suitable for the raku kiln where marks are made by smoke or chemical fumes impregnating the clay body. The focus for the 'Advanced' Workshops is similar except that some of the techniques will use fuming over glazes to produce specialised effects,
Techniques may include glaze-resist raku (aka 'two-step naked raku); slip-resist raku (aka 'one-step naked raku'); horse-hair/feather raku; ferric fuming in tin-foil saggars; saggar firing in paper-slip saggars. The 'Advanced' workshop will further explore naked raku decorating techniques and also include pitfiring, indian smoke barrel firing, 'mummy' saggar, and fuming over glaze with ferric and stannous chlorides.
The 'Original' workshop course will include the use of burnishing and terra sigillata to provide the smooth and polished surface ideal for these 'naked clay' techniques. There will be tips on how to make work for successful firing, how to achieve those solid blacks and whites and the use of colour in naked raku.