Raku Ceramics Workshop

SOLD OUT: Sat 8 & Sat 22 October, 10.30am - 4pm both days, £150 (Members £112.50)

Please note this workshop is now sold out. If you would like to join our waiting list for the workshop please email learning@hepworthwakefield.org 

Join ceramicist Robert Winter for a hands-on exploration of the traditional ceramic process of Raku and create a set of glazed cups that you will want to keep forever.

Inspired by unique objects in Kettle’s Yard at The Hepworth Wakefield, you will investigate the tactility of hand-built clay cups and the extraordinary coloured ceramic surfaces made through the Raku firing process. Raku is a traditional Japanese process, commonly associated with the tradition of tea ceremonies. It is famous for its unpredictability, where specific combinations of chemicals and temperatures combine to create vibrantly coloured ceramics.

The first day of the workshop will involve a series of practical exercises and demonstrations, designed to help to build people’s skills and confidence at handling clay. Learners will be asked to reconsider the ceramic object, exploring alternative textures and shapes. At the end of the day you will have made a final set of cups and a small box to house these cups in – these will be taken away to be bisque fired ready for the second session.

The second session will investigate glazing and raku firing. A large part of the session will be spent outside firing and cooling the objects to generate glazed effects. Whilst you are waiting for others to fire their objects their will be opportunity to experiment with throwing forms on a pottery wheel. You will be able to take your final objects home with you at the end of the second day.

This course is suitable for beginners and also for those with some experience wanting to learn a new approach.


Robert Winter is a ceramicist with over 20 years experience and a lecturer in Ceramics at The National Glass Centre, The University of Sunderland. Robert shares a studio in Newcastle upon Tyne with ceramic artist Katherine Butler, with whom he runs Cone10 Contemporary Ceramics –  creating a diverse range of porcelain, from exquisite and unique thrown pieces to large porcelain sculptural forms. Over the last eight years Robert has been working with ceramics and glass producers in the developing parts of the world including Asia and South America. In partnership with fair-trade organisations both in the U.K. and abroad Robert has shared his design and technical expertise with producers in India, Peru, Bolivia and Vietnam.


Due to the nature of this workshop, there is a smaller number of places available then usual – we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. To book a place on this workshop click here.

Half of the allocated places are offered at the Members discounted rate of 25%. A two-week priority booking period (prior to the publication of the gallery’s What’s On guide) is offered to all Members and discounted places are sold on a first come, first served basis. To find out about becoming a member click here. If you have any questions or special requirements  then don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing learning@hepworthwakefield.org or calling 01924 247398.


  • 08 October 2016 - 22 October 2016