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Slabs and Raku Firing

This course will focus on learning to make pottery using slab construction techniques and then firing it using the exciting Raku Firing process. During the first weekend, instructor Lois Hirshberg will teach you how to construct geometric shapes with slabs to make your pieces, and then how to apply Terra Sigillata to the surfaces so that they can be burnished to a smooth finish.

On the next scheduled weekend, Lois will lead you in glazing and firing the pieces in the Raku Kiln. That’s when the excitement begins! You will take red hot, glowing pots from the kiln and then put them in a container full of combustible materials. Results will vary from turquoise to intense red/bronze to beautiful white crackle. You will also have the chance to experiment with Horse Hair Raku. The unpredictability of the process is what makes it so exciting!

The workshop is open to all levels of expertise; people with little previous clay experience are welcome.

About the Instructor

LOIS HIRSHBERG, M.A. has been working with clay since 1975. Her art training includes Mudflat Pottery, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and the Parsons School of Design in Japan. Her work has been shown at galleries nationally and internationally for more than 35 years. Lois’ specialty is Alternative Firing (Western Raku, Horse Hair Raku, Saggar, and Obvara).

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.