Raku Pottery & The Tea Ceremony; Tradition, Art & Alchemy
with Andy Mason
5th & 6th May – Book any single day or the whole weekend for the full undiluted experience!
Food and Camping available
Sat 5th May
Making Tea Bowls & The Tea Ceremony. Plus Raku firing (weekend participants)
£45.00 or £80.00 for the whole weekend
All day. Overnight camping- see below
In 16th century Japan, the tea ceremony inspired the making of tea bowls, using the pottery technique known as Raku. The ‘way of tea’, generally performed by a ‘master of tea’ blends folk art aesthetics and ancient rituals associated with Zen Buddhism which resonate with today’s enlightened ways of thinking such as mindfulness and free expression.
Andy will invite you to join him for his own interpretation of the tea ceremony, sharing his enthusiasm for the ancient Japanese tea and pottery traditions. To complement your tea drinking a Japanese buffet will also be available.
Andy will guide you through both traditional and innovative making techniques to create a series 0f pottery tea bowls, then demonstrate, by a variety of intriguing approaches, how to enliven the surface texture.
Later in the day the Raku firing will commence!
In between time we will break for relaxation, tea and food.
Timings: 10.30 – 4.00
£10.00 per person separate charge for the buffet – vegetarian & gluten free options
£5.00 separate charge for camping.
Note that this workshop links with the following day – a practical class focused on Raku glazing and firing.
Your tea bowls will be fired late Saturday and early Sunday (weekend participants)
Sun 6th May – Raku Pottery Workshop
£45.00 (£80.00 for the whole weekend)
Raku is a fascinating pottery technique originating from 16th Century Japan featuring dramatic ‘live’ kiln firings.
An absorbing workshop of craft, art, alchemy, and surprise – the definition of Raku!
Andy Mason will bring expert historical and technical knowledge guiding you through creative glazing techniques revealing the unique character of Raku.
All equipment and pots supplied (2 each) – no prior pottery experience needed.
Timings: 9.45 – 4.00
A limited number of concessionary places are available for people on low incomes. Please see our Terms and Conditions to see whether you qualify.