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Raku Ceramics (14th & 28th April)

Fiona Mazza
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Raku Ceramics (14th & 28th April)

Fiona Mazza
The Courthouse Thirsk
Saturday 14th April

(£100 + £15 Materials)

Raku is a type of Japanese pottery used traditionally in Japanese tea ceremonies. It is traditionally characterised by being hand-shaped rather than thrown and by the creation of fairly porous vessels which result from low firing temperatures. Raku is a unique form of pottery making whereby you can alter certain variables throughout the design process. In this workshop you can explore these variables by using specialised crackle and copper glazes on your pieces whilst enjoying the journey of experimentation using naked raku resist decoration techniques.

Professional ceramicist Fiona Mazza is a Yorkshire based ceramic artist who specialises in Raku. After falling in love with ceramics over 20 years ago she still finds the unpredictable process of Raku inspiring and exciting. Her practise is based on the beautiful markings found on butterfly wings and she hand-builds, slip casts or hand carves vessels which are then coloured and fired outside in her own hand built Raku kiln. Elements of smoke and crackle are common elements to her work which is also displayed in our Courthouse Gallery throughout the year.

Fiona has chosen a theme for this Raku workshop where she can show you how to hand build birds, boats and houses. Please feel free to bring some images or drawings of your ideas with you.

This workshop will be running over two full days (10.00am-4.00pm); Saturday 14th April will be the first day of making giving enough time to bisque fire your work. Two weeks after on Saturday 28th April you will be glazing and firing your work at Rural Arts.

Please note that the firing of your work will be done outside in Rural Arts car park, so bring a warm coat or umbrella and keep your fingers crossed for good weather. 

On Saturday 28th April, please bring a bag or a box so you are able to transport your work safely home with you.


All materials and equipment will be provided. Please bring along an apron.


More information about the artist can be found:

Saturday 14th April (Making)(10am - 4pm) and 28th April (Firing) (10am-4pm) Tickets Available: 0
Ticket 115.00

Workshops at Rural Arts give you the opportunity to learn or develop an artistic skill in a relaxed, creative environment and are all suitable for beginners. Our tutors are friendly, passionate and have lots of experience and knowledge to share with you. We want your day with us to be relaxed, offering you a bit of escapism and the chance to get to know like-minded people (plus there’s the bonus of getting to take something you have lovingly made home with you!).

Get to know others in the group whilst enjoying a drink in The Courthouse Café before heading through to the workshop to start getting creative! The Café will be open throughout the day for you to get drinks and delicious lunches and cakes. Visit The Courthouse Café page to view our menu.

Please bring an apron.


Disability Access

Car Parking

The Courthouse offers disabled parking for Blue Badge owners. If you will be needing to use the disabled parking please contact us prior to arrival so we can reserve you a place in our carpark. 

Wheel Chair Access

The Courthouse has wheel chair access into, and throughout, the building. There is a lift providing access to the second floor and disabled toilet.

If you are coming to a workshop or performance please let us know in advance so we can allocate a space for you in the audience or studio.


If you have purchased a place on a workshop or to one of our performances at The Courthouse and are bringing a carer with you, please let us know when you book your place. Carers are welcome to attend the activity, but if they wish to participate they will need to book a place. 

Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs are allowed in the building.

How To Find The Venue

Planning Your Visit

  • A short walk from Thirsk Market Place
  • Local parking
  • Disabled parking, access and toilet
  • Games, books and activities for children
  • Children’s menu
  • Baby changing facilities
  • High chair



Raku Ceramics (14th & 28th April)

Raku Ceramics (14th & 28th April)
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