Raku Classes by David Roberts:
“DISCOVERIES IN RAKU”
Week : The maximum number of students is twenty and tuition will be
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iven by David Roberts. This 40 hours class will be offered in May 2004. For the past two decades English ceramist David Roberts has devoted himself to the making of large coil built and Raku fired vessels. He is one of the first British ceramists to specialise in high quality contemporary Raku, the making of which he has helped to popularise as a serious discipline within contemporary British ceramics, in the many exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations he has held throughout the U.K., Europe and the U.S.A. His ceramics are represented in many private and public collections including the National Museum of Scotland, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of Wales and the Ulster Museum.
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David lives and has his studio in the Yorkshire Pennine mill town of Holmfirth. He enjoys a wide reputation for his distinctive ceramics. Initially simple, monumental vessels, these ceramics exhibit a concern with the hollow, volumetric quality of hand built pots together with a fascination for, and control over, surface incident arising from the Raku process. David’s early work was decorated with rich crackle or copper lustre glazes. These surfaces have recently been abandoned to investigate textural treatment the clay body and its interaction with smoke-marking and deep carbonisation. The resulting vessels are strongly evocative of David’s increasing engagement with the contours and stratification of stone and landscape.
Raku Class Agenda:
‘Painting With Smoke’
Day 1 AM – Introductory slides and talk outlining my approach to raku –
interface between aesthetics and processes -examining expressive possibilities
of the use of carbonation on differing clay surfaces and forms. Firing and
smoking a pre prepared piece(s) of mine. PM – making small test pieces using
differing clays, slips, surface treatments etc. Start large coil built forms.
Day 2* Continue making and decorating test pieces and larger coil forms. If
possible start bisc. firing test pieces
Day 3 Finish making test pieces. Bisc. firing test pieces. If some work out of
bisc. kiln begin applying raku surfaces. Continue and complete coil forms.
Day 4 Decorating and raku firing test pieces.
Days 5 & 6 Continue firing raku pieces + day 6 fire larger coil forms and
final critique of work.
*Work will be supplemented every day by appraisal and critiques of work
completed so far.
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