Instructor: Betty Printy
Raku is a low fire process that results in a wide variety of colors. No two are ever alike. We get glaze colors ranging from coppers and golds to greens, yellows, reds, and blues. You may create a new one! These workshops allow the novice to learn the basics of low fired glazes, application, and firing on bisque pottery forms. Students may bring their own bisque pieces or select from a wide variety of pieces available at Iron & Lace. Pieces range from $5.00 to $40.00 for bisque fired forms ranging from slab and cookie cutter ornaments to small, medium, and large pots and vases. (Not suitable for pieces intended for eating or drinking due to the metallic nature of the glaze.) All pieces are fired in propane fueled kilns heated to approximately 1800 degrees F, and post-reduction fired in containers using various organic materials. Come expecting to learn a lot and have a pot-full of fun!
Time: Starts at 9:00A.M. and runs through the day until everyone is done firing, sometimes as late as 6:00 P.M. Due to the loosely structured nature of the workshop, it is possible to spend as little as two hours or as long as all day, depending on your schedule.
Location: Class is held next to the Blacksmith Academy, behind Iron & Lace on hawk Drive in Bentonsport, Iowa.
Pre-registration is not required but highly recommended.
Notes: Everyone will take home their completed work. Long pants are recommended and shoes are required. If it is a hot day, bring a water bottle as we will be outside all day. Food is available in Keosauqua and Bonaparte, or bring a bag lunch.
Join others as they gather in the Villages of Van Buren to learn from the resident artisans in their personal studios. Spend a weekend plein air painting along the Des Moines River, or step back in time as you throw bowls in a Pottery Shop. The inspiring and relaxing atmosphere of scenic Van Buren County, Iowa is, and will continue to be, a haven for creative beings.