Derbyshire potter John Wheeldon makes a welcome return to The Ropewalk

By janetuplin |

Derbyshire potter John Wheeldon makes a welcome return to The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber with his Introduction to Raku workshop on Saturday, June 18.

John Wheeldon is one of the country’s leading exponents of Raku, a dramatic 16th Century method of firing pots.

John has been passing on his eastern skills to amateur and professional potters alike and returns to The Ropewalk to pass on his craft.

This workshop will focus on the specialized glazing and firing techniques associated with this ancient art and will explore classic Raku glazes with a particular look at crackle finishes and experimental mixing and application techniques to achieve a range of finished pieces.

Originating in Japan, but now practised by many potters in the West, Raku’s defining characteristic is a firing method whereby pots are removed from the kiln at a temperature around 1,000 degrees centigrade and then subjected to various post-firing processes. The finished pots, although fragile and porous, exhibit a range of magical surface qualities unobtainable by normal methods of manufacture.

“My involvement with raku developed because of my need to escape from the limitations placed on me by the lustre techniques I was using, coupled with a desire to use real fire and become more involved with the processes of firing,” explained John.

The course, which begins at 10.30am and finishes at 4.30pm with a short break for lunch costs £34 or £30 if you are a Ropewalk Member.

Places can be booked by calling 01652 660380 or calling in at the Craft Gallery.

 

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