The aim of this workshop is to explore the dramatic process of Raku firing with a focus on glazing and surface design techniques. We will start in the classroom with glazing demonstrations and discussions. Participants bring their own bisque-fired pieces to decorate with provided glazes and resist materials. The second half of the workshop will be spent kiln side. We will rapid fire glazed pieces in the Pioneer Works Raku kiln and experiment with various reduction techniques to produce spectacular effects. This workshop will fuel the creative fire in the hearts of intermediate and advanced level ceramic artists.

Participants must bring a maximum of 4 pieces of their own bisqued work, made in a suitable Raku claybody. Pots should be no wider than 8″ and no taller than 12″. If time permits, we will fire additional work.

Dates: June 12 and 13,  7:00 – 9:30pm
Location: Classroom and Garden
Price: $70 [$50 + $20 materials fee]

Demetria Chappo is a Brooklyn-based artist and ceramist making hand-sculpted and wheel thrown homewares, decor, wall hangings and sculptures with an emphasis on intricate surface details, organic and architectural form, and universal symbolism. Drawn to the tactile nature of clay, texture and surface design are relevant to her work.

Originally from Louisiana, she received a BFA in Acting from the University of Utah and currently lives in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She began her ceramic practice while in Utah, and after moving in New York City, her passion turned to clay. She has exhibited her work in galleries and sells across the US and internationally. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, San Francisco Magazine, among others. Passionate about sharing the craft, she teaches workshops and ceramics classes and has had a weekly children’s clay class for the last five years.

Nicholas Newcomb is a Brooklyn-based Potter, Designer and Artist. His daily work focuses on traditional ceramic design and production techniques – primarily making tableware and home accessories with an emphasis on design and functionality. Pieces range from casual table settings to sculptural plant pods, home accent pieces and high-end lighting.

Nicholas and his Studio Assistant utilize a variety of production techniques; nearly all of his wares are both slip-cast and wheel-thrown, resulting in a finished piece that is both traditional and unique. Nicholas considers himself fortunate to have worked and studied with many artists and great influences, including renowned ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu. Her creative spirit is a guiding light in his day to day work to create unique and meaningful art.