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Cal-Earth Ceramics Weekend Workshop B

  • Cal-Earth Institute 10177 Baldy Lane Hesperia, CA, 92345 United States (map)


Caitlin Deane will be joining Brandon Evans again co-teaching two Ceramics Weekend Workshops at the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture in Hesperia, CA!

Clay Hand-building // Weekend Workshop A: December 9-10, 2017
Glazing and Firing // Weekend Workshop B: December 16-17, 2017

This workshop is open to all experience levels, geared toward those with little to no previous clay experience! Students are encouraged to participate in both A and B workshops for a complete and well rounded experience, though it is not mandatory and options are available if you only want to participate in one of the weekends.


Unlike most ceramic firing processes Raku is a very fast process. Red hot pieces are removed from the kiln at 1800 degrees and smothered with straw and dry combustibles to create flashes of color in the glazes. After pieces cool they are dunked in water to speed cooling and set the colors. Raku firing produces wonderful lusters and crackle glazes, making each piece unique.

This is a fascinating firing process to see and be a part of. Raku firing is dramatic and exciting. It is also a wonderful way to actually watch the glazes melt and see what happens inside the kiln in a matter of minutes.

  • Overview of Raku glazes and glazing techniques (several glazes provided)
  • Overview and participation in the Raku firing process
  • Students will be able to glaze fire 3-6 of their pieces (more pieces dependent upon space and time available).
  • Bisque firing available at Cal-Earth prior to workshop (see details below)
  • Bring your own bisque pieces to glaze fire if you choose (limited to 3-6 pieces dependent upon size)
  • Bisque pots made by instructors, for students to glaze, are available for purchase starting at $15 each
  • Stay overnight at Cal-Earth
  • You will be working near intense heat and open flames during the Raku firing process. Do not wear flammable clothes or open toe shoes. 
  • Bring long sleeves, welding gloves or leather gloves, hat, and bandana or scarf.

Pieces MUST be bisque fired to cone 06/07 for the glaze session (bisque firing included – all pieces must be on the bisque shelf ready for bisque firing by Sunday December 10th at end of Ceramics (A) workshop, if you want Cal-Earth to fire them). Clay should be suitable type and form for the intense thermal shock process of Raku firing. Discuss details beforehand with Caitlin or Brandon.

Tuition for each weekend is $350.00. This includes material fees like clay and glazes, AND includes housing on site. Come stay in one of the beautiful earth domes! Sign up for both workshops together and get $100 off, making your experience $600 total.

Create personal, handmade gifts for friends and family for the upcoming holidys while learning an exciting craft, or gift the workshop and share the experience with someone special!

For more info on this workshop, please visit the link here!

Earlier Event: December 9
Cal-Earth Ceramics Weekend Workshop A