Raku Firing

The Upwey Potters are famed for their performances of firing using the Raku technique.
This page will feature an explanation of the techniques and some examples of work produced.

There is a chance to try Raku firing with Bill Crumbleholme on 17th August 2019
at the Dorset Centre for the Creative Arts. See the poster below.
From 10am to 12.30pm & from 1pm to 3.30pm.
A bowl provided can be taken home after applying glaze and watching the firing.
Booking required using link on next line - charge £40, including bowl and all other costs

Also a display of raku pots for sale and a chance to learn more about the processes.

DCCA event poster

YouTube Video of Raku Firing

Meanwhile there is more information about Raku on the Upwey Potters' old website at this link.

The Recipes we use for the Raku glazes (following the advice of Bath Potters Supplies) are as follows :-

White Crackle.
67% High Alkaline Frit
25% Standard Borax Frit
4% Tin Oxide (Or Zinc Oxide)
4% Bentonite

As White above plus
5% Copper Carbonate

High Copper Glaze.
80% Soft Borax Frit
10% China Clay
10% Flint
2% Copper Oxide
2% Bentonite

The glazes are mixed up as dry powders and then added to hot water (about 5kg of powder to 5ltrs of water), stirred and left to soak for a few hours and then put through a 80s lawn (seive). After settling take any water off the surface and mix the glaze up, adding back water until the consistancy is correct - about double cream, but the thickness depends on how the glaze is applied, either painted or dipped. Sometimes we add a few ml of Epsom Salts, which helps to keep the glaze fits up in suspension rather than settling out quickly.