July 21 – August 3 2024
Painting with smoke
Throwing and hand building techniques. Intermediate
After two successful one- week courses, the 2023 edition of Alistair Danhieux Naked Raku course will be of two weeks. This will allow participants to more fully explore the large variety of possibilities, with the aim to gain experience of the technique such to be able to continue creating beautiful pieces independently.
Through practical demonstrations and hands on work, we will go through all steps of creating with the Naked Raku technique, from construction to the final firing. Participants will make several simple test pieces and three more complex main pieces using their preferred making method of handbuilding or throwing. We will cover different methods of burnishing, preparation and application of decanted slip, preparation for the firing with different decoration techniques and finally, firing and post firing reduction. There will be experimentation at all stages, many firings and time for question and answer. All pieces made by the participants will be taken home at the end; however, the emphasis is on learning the technique rather than on production.
Materials used are a white grogged stoneware, slips and glaze specially prepared for Naked Raku.
On every classday, a delicious meal will be served. Lodging is included as well.Participants should have some experience of working with clay and a basic knowledge of fundamental concepts in ceramics.
Curtesy Lola Hakimian
Alistair Danhieux After completing his education in Britain, Alistair decided to travel, first in Europe then in India and West Africa. He finally settled in St Amand en Puisaye, in France in 2003 in order to start a new journey, this time in ceramics. He completed two long courses at the CNIFOP in St Amand, the most important Ceramic School in France, concentrating mainly on throwing. Then he continued his ceramics education exploring his own style, notably with the Naked Raku technique and in 2007 set out as a professional potter. Alistair exhibits his work at ceramics fairs and in galleries all over Europe. He is regularly teaching CNIFOP. www.alistairceramics.com www.facebook.com/alistairceramics www.instagram.com/alistairceramics