RAKU POTTERY WORKSHOP BY SANDEEP MANCHEKAR

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Sandeep Manchekar hails from Mumbai and has a passion for Ceramics. Clay has been his best companion since childhood. For him it is very sensitive and responds to his mind and helps him calm down. Clay according to him can express all his moods, thoughts and shades in his day to day life.

Sandeep has studied ceramics and pottery from the prestigious JJ School of Arts, Mumbai and has had his solo shows of Stoneware and Raku at Bilmat Zeramicz, Mumbai in 2002. He has showcased his works at Art Society of India, Kala Ghoda Festival, Mumbai, Delhi Blue Pottery Centre, Water Show (101 Potter’s from India) and several other creative platforms. He has participated in intensive artist camps on Raku, pottery and murals and his mural works have travelled across the globe and have been displayed in Dubai, Kuwait, Muscat and other countries.

This workshop will give you a hands on experience with one of the finest Japanese techniques of firing the pottery, that of Raku.

Rakuware is a type of Japanese Pottery that is traditionally used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony, most often in the form of tea bowls. It is traditionally characterized by being hand shaped rather than thrown; fairly porous vessels, which result from low firing temperatures; lead glazes; and the removal of pieces from the kiln while still glowing hot. In the traditional Japanese process, the fired raku piece is removed from the hot kiln and is allowed to cool in the open air. Raku techniques have been modified by contemporary potters worldwide.

The workshop will be over two days with a gap of one week. It will introduce the concept of Raku and making articles by using Raku clay, bisecting the Raku articles and trial glaze firing of Rakuware with pre-made articles and then repeating the Raku firing with your own articles.

Date: 5th July 2014 from 11am to 6pm & 12th July 2014 from 11am to 6pm.

The fees for this workshop is available on request.

Theory notes will be given on body & glaze composition.