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Raku Ceramics Workshop with Malcolm Murchison

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Saturday 17 August | 10pm – 4pm | Cost: £100 full, £90 concession

Part of August Craft Month NI & Causeway Craft Trail Artists at Flowerfield.

Glaze and fire pre-made pots in the ancient Japanese process of Raku, led by Malcolm Murchison. Apply the glaze with guidance and instruction, the pots go into a red-hot kiln, are extracted and placed in sawdust before a bath of cold water. The results are as unpredictable as they are exciting. You will take home at least four beautiful pots. A rare opportunity to experience a highly specialised technique.

Raku Pottery was developed in Japan in the early 1500’s as the Ceremonial Tea Ware of the Zen Buddhist Tea Masters. The word Raku describes ideas such as fulfilment, enlightenment, and enjoyment of freedom. The Tea Masters preferred the process because it had a resonance of humility, purity, simple naturalness, which are important to the Zen philosophy.

Pots carry the marks of the tongs used to extract them from the kiln and the ravages of the firing. This is celebrated as an essential aspect of the process. The finished decorative pots are generally unsuitable for eating or drinking from as they absorb water and have little mechanical strength.

No prior experience required. Participants must be 18+


Caution is recommended if you have any history of respiratory illness such as asthma as the workshop involves proximity to smoke. Please wear older clothes and avoiding man-made fabrics. Long hair should be tied back. A hat is a good idea. You may finish smelling a little of smoke, as if you have been at a garden bonfire. This workshop will take place outdoors and is moderate weather dependent.

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Event Address: 185 Coleraine Road, Portstewart, BT55 7HU

Advanced Booking is Required

Suitable For: Adults 18+

Accessibility Information

Accessibility: We are keen to continuously improve our services, so that we can make your visit as seamless as possible. Please do make us aware of your needs at time of booking or before your visit, so that we can accommodate your needs as best we can. Our front of house team are available to help you in any way they can, should you require any assistance. - Hearing-impaired infra-red system in the auditorium and induction loop at our Box Office/reception. - Guide dog, Hearing dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs are welcome to our venue, including the auditorium. - Wheelchair access is available throughout the building and our auditorium for wheelchair seats/transfers plus adjustable table available. - We have a low-level counter at our Box Office and Visitor Information desk. - We have adapted toilets on our ground floor immediately behind our reception and also on our first floor - A lift is available from our ground floor to our first floor. Parking: Parking is available in our customer car park directly in front of the venue, including reserved spaces for blue-badge

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Event Details

Maker: Flowerfield Arts Centre; Malcolm Murchison

Starts: Sat 17 Aug at 10:00 am

Ends: Sat 17 Aug at 4:00 pm

Craft Type: Ceramics

Event Location: Derry/Londonderry

Event Type: Workshop

Price: Cost: £100 full, £90 concession