with Gaya Instructors:
Marcello Massoni, Michela Foppiani, and Hillary Kane

August 12-25, 2018

Seductively shimmering surfaces, burnished to a soft sheen as satin as skin... Naked Raku. Technically more complex in possibilities than meets the eye, this two-week focus study will endeavor to unveil the mysteries, and thoroughly explore the length and breadth of techniques. From finding suitable forms hand-built or wheel thrown, to burnishing, applying resistant slip, patterning surfaces in the simplest or the most intricate detail, smoking, and polishing-- each participant will become a budding expert in every nuance of practical knowledge, enough to commence an exploration of a lifetime. Gaya Ceramic's vast archive of Naked Raku production samples will enhance and inspire everyone's palette of possibilities... 

12 August: Sunday                             Welcome Dinner                                 Moksa Restaurant
6pm                 A casual dinner of introductions, program discussion, and slide show.

13 August: Monday                Naked Raku: Utterly Unveiled                                   GCAC studio
The first session will be a detailed look at a variety of finished examples, dissecting each piece so that participants fully understand precisely how the design and feel were achieved. 
Pre-prepared samples will also be on hand to further walk through the steps of the process.

            NAKED RAKU EXAMPLES selected from archives and collections
·         Full resist and glaze on burnished surface (white, grey, black)
·         Full resist and glaze on textured surface
·         Burnished textures
·         Resist only (shades of grey)
·         Carving through resist and glaze (white, grey, black + line)
·         Various combinations
·         Suggestions on forms, burnishing, tools, resist and glaze application, cleaning, etc
·         Common challenges and mistakes

14 August: Tuesday                            Suitable Forms                                                GCAC
Suggestions of types of forms will be made, and participants will jump into forming (by hand or wheel)

15 August: Wednesday                                  Beginning Burnishing                         GCAC
Burnishing techniques while throwing or hand-building—it’s all in the tool, and the touch…

16 August: Thursday                          A Sheen Like Water                           GCAC
Bringing burnishing to a new level.  Terra Sigillata as another variable.

17 August: Friday                   Understanding RESISTANT SLIP                GCAC
Review demonstration of resistant slip and glaze application techniques; trouble-shooting design ideas for individual pieces; concluding making for first bisque firing; wares prepped for bisque fire loading

18 August: Saturday                           EXCURSION                                    TBD

19 August: Sunday                             FREE DAY!                                       Anywhere Bali
(Bisque kiln firing off)

20 August: Monday                            Shades of Grey                                               GCAC
Firing utilizing RESISTANT SLIP ONLY.  Pairing down; understanding and nuancing your 100 shades of grey…

21 August: Tuesday                            Pure NAKED Crackle                                    GCAC
Firing with full RESISTANT SLIP and GLAZE coverage.  Understanding the importance of thickness, application, burnish, and all the possible room for error.
(Loading 2nd Bisque kiln)

22 August: Wednesday                                  Increasing Complexity                                    GCAC
Waxing patterns, painting on, Carving through… upping the ante.  Can you keep your transitions clean?
(Possibility of 2nd Bisque Firing)

23 August: Thursday                          Pure SMOKE                                      GCAC
For horse hair squiggles, feathery wisps, freckling of saw dust, or satin saggar blacks…

24 August: Friday                               Fire Finale                                           GCAC
Mixed styles of firing—refining your performance art. 
Post-firing clean-up/preservation of delicate surfaces for longevity.

25 August: Saturday               Concluding Display and Discussion               GCAC
Enjoy a moment to take in and review all that was learned.  Packing (materials available).

*All lunches during studio days will be served family-style midday in our mezzanine space

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