3 sessions workshop starting March 26, 2021

Tuition: $200 + $40 materials fee/student

Dates are March 26, 9:00 am -1:00 pm; April 9, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm; April 16, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm


Sounds racy but no, we're not going to conduct this class in the buff! The title of the 3 day workshop refers to two techniques that produce unique and beautiful effects on clay. Horse hair raku is a method of decorating pottery by applying hair from horses and other animals to hot vessels that are extracted from an outdoor kiln. As it burns, the carbon-rich hair creates delicate smoke patterns and vein-like carbon trails on the surface of the pot that remain as decoration after it cools. Naked raku involves applying a refined slip to the surface of a pot which, when it dries, shrinks and crackles. The vessel is then fired, removed while hot from the kiln and placed into a tightly lidded metal can lined with newspaper. The resulting smoke that fills the can infiltrates the cracks in the slip, leaving a beautiful, shiny white surface with pronounced black crackles.


The schedule of this workshop is designed to accommodate different stages in the process: creation of the pottery; drying, first and second firings, application of slip and finishing. Day 1 begins at 9:00 a.m. and runs until noon. Days 2 and 3 each begin at 8:00 and continue until 1:00. Note the 2 week lapse between Days 1 and 2. This is a rare chance to learn two extraordinary techniques from an experienced instructor, in an outdoor, COVID-safe environment. You can expect to complete 5-8 pieces.


Naked Raku and Horsehair Firing with Bet Lee

SKU: C_21-BL01S
  • Format Skill Level




    Previous experience working with clay is helpful but not required.

    Instructor will provide all materials and supplies needed


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