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  • Member of Cumbria Tourism
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Workshop/Course, from 23 Aug 2017, £75

Naked Raku

Naked Raku

Details

Come and enjoy experimenting with the ancient Japanese technique of glazing and firing raku pottery. Exciting and fast moving – raku is irresistible and highly in vogue at present.

The class takes place outside and during the day students might manage to make around 6 to 8 raku pieces

What is Raku?
Raku firing is unique and one of the most dramatic and exciting ways to fire pottery. It was developed in Japan in the 16th century for the Japanese tea ceremony. The pieces are glazed, dried and put directly into a hot kiln outside for half an hour at a temperature of approximately 1000°c.

They are then put into a reduction chamber – a nest of sawdust covered with a metal cover- and this atmosphere and temperature changes (‘redox’) produce the wonderfully colourful, lustrous crackle glazes associated with

A range of stunning designs can be made by altering certain variables (such as wax resist, glazes, temperature and timing) to give variations in colour, cracking and crazing. Naked raku is a variation in which a slip is applied to the pot before it is placed in the kiln. The slip cracks and breaks apart during the firing and is chipped off to reveal a blackened crackle pattern or an intentional design.

On-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board Member

We have a ground floor toilet but not wide enough for wheelchair access.

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 23 Aug 2017 09:30 to 16:30
Thu 24 Aug 2017 09:30 to 16:30
Sun 24 Sep 2017 09:30 to 16:30
The Cycle Cafe is a family-run tea garden with unusual opening times. Fri 12.00 to 18.00. Sat 10.00 to 18.00 and the second Sun of the month 10.00 to 18.00. We will serve any cyclists at other times with whatever we have, if of course we are about and available. Seasonal opening only, Apr to end Sep.

Prices

£75 incl a lovely 2 course Aga lunch, hot drinks and home baking.
There is a £10 material cost payable to the tutor on the day for usually between 6 to 8 pieces.

Contact

annie swarbrick

01768 483984

Address

Greystoke,
Penrith,
Cumbria,
CA11 0UT

Directions

On the C2C Cycle route 200 yds north of Greystoke village green, direction Blencowe. We welcome all cyclists and walkers and ask all those with cars to walk the 350yds from the village car park around the Greystoke Castle walls.
We can offer parking in our driveway to cycle support vehicles and those attending our workshop days,
Bus links to Penrith and Keswick. Penrith railway station 5 miles

Parking: free

Facilities

  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member

We have a ground floor toilet but not wide enough for wheelchair access.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp

Food

  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesChildren's menu

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

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