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WHEN: 29-30 July + 12-13 Aug 2023 // 10am to 4pm (2 weekends)

WHERE: Eramboo, 304 McCarrs Creek Road Terrey Hills

Cost: $480 (includes materials)

Bring: Lunch ..sturdy boots recomended

Bruce McWhinney is a well known Australian ceramic artist with more than 40 years experience and knowledge.

He has directed his making and firing methods toward promoting immediacy and innovation.

He explores ceramics material and processes to create work that resonates with a sense of mystery and surprise.

In this workshop Bruce will share his making techniques for tea bowls focusing on the Kurinuki technique: the art of hollowing out from solid. The Raku tea bowl is the most highly prized in Japan for its earthy character and insulating properties.
Using the Raku firing process the work will be interesting, unique and functional.

Examples of tea bowls using the kurinuki technique
(*not raku fired)

The Raku technique is essentially taking glazed ceramics from the kiln while they are still glowing red hot and placing them in a bin with material such as sawdust or newspaper.

This technique starves the piece of oxygen and can create beautiful colours and effects within the glaze.

Raku firing is hands on and fascinating.. the results are immediate and it’s definitely a day of non-stop action and fun..

Bruce is a practicing ceramic artist and teacher with over 40 years experience. As past head of ceramics at Northern Beaches College Brookvale he oversaw the expansion and development of the ceramics department into one of the leading teaching facilities in NSW.
Bruce currently teaches part time at the Ceramic Design Studio at Gymea Tafe and maintains a studio in Sydney.

Since 2005 Bruce has travelled and worked extensively in Japan, Korea, Denmark USA and England.
In 2014 he undertook a Soda Fire residency at Guldagergaard Ceramic Centre in Denmark.
In 2019 Bruce worked with John Dix in Tamba Sasayama Japan firing the anagama wood fired kiln.
Since 2009 he has worked extensively and as resident artist at Gaya Ceramic Art Centre in Ubud Bali.
In September 2023 Bruce will lead a 2 week Soda fire workshop at Gaya CAC.