Pottery with Hartke - RAKU & HORSE HAIR (Beginner)

  • $225.00


Grow your pottery skills with the techniques of Raku and Horse Hair Pottery with Howard Hartke in the Visual Arts Center (VAC) Pottery Studio. Raku first appeared in Japan in the 16th Century, and translates to “The best in the world”. Raku is created by hand and fired to 1850 degrees, then removed while red hot and placed in a container filled with paper and wood chips. When it ignites the paper, a cover is placed over it allowing the flames to consume the oxygen and paint the pottery with color and design. No two pieces are alike! Horse Hair Raku is a method of decorating pottery by applying horse hair to heated pottery, creating smoke patterns and unique designs on the pottery's surface. Material Fee of $60 includes 25 lbs. of clay, use of glazes and kiln time is included with the class tuition. Each student must bring pottery tools or purchase a set for $15 from the VAC Art & Supply Store.

Pottery Too Kit: $15

You will need sponges and pottery tools which can be purchased at the VAC Art & Supply Store for $15.00. Purchase a Pottery Tool Kit online (click here)by phone or in person at the VAC Front Desk. Your kit will be waiting for you on your first day of class. 

      RAKU & HORSEHAIR (Advanced): $225 (VAC Members $180) includes $60 Material Fee & Tax.

      Howard Hartke, Instructor (Click for info)

      Class Schedule:  Tuesdays 1:00 - 4:00 pm  (Beginners to Raku)

      Tuesdays 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm (Advanced - previous Raku experience)

      Session: Class meets once each week for 3 hours and is offered in 6-week sessions for $225 (VAC Members $180) which includes $60 of materials plus sales tax.

      All class dates and times are subject to change. Classes with a start date within 30 days require payment in full to reserve a place. Prepaid class fees (paid more than 30 days in advance) are refundable less a non-refundable reservation deposit of $30 (VAC Members $25) up until 30 days prior to a class start date at which time all class fees become non-refundable unless the class is cancelled by the VAC.  

      Please register early. Classes with less than five registered students may be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance of the start date.  Cancellation notifications are made by email and/or telephone (including voice messages) to the email address and telephone number on file. Please check your voice mail and email prior to leaving for class.