311-Working with Raku

Students will learn the history and contemporary aspects and influences of Raku. Students will utilize basic hand building and throwing  to create work that will then be fired in our Raku kiln . This hands on firing technique, where ceramic pieces are taken out of the kiln glowing hot and placed into an oxygen reduced atmosphere, is one of the ways to get vibrant sparkling colors in raku ware.


Please note: Classes are held at The Center on Wednesdays. Firing will occur remotely 2-3 times in the session (possibly Fridays). Specific dates for firing will be discussed during class. 

The Center has a wheelchair accessible pottery wheel in our ceramics studio. If you would like more information, please call 908-234-2345.

NOTE: There is no class on 8/16.

Special Notes

All students must comply with the Policies and Procedures found on The Center's website. There will be no refunds for students removed from class for failure to observe The Center’s Policies and Procedures.


Students require a basic pottery tool kit and clay. Students may purchase a set of tools from The Center or bring their own. Clay must be bought from The Center.

About the Instructor

John Reinking

BFA Mason Gross, Rutgers, MFA Marywood University. Associate Adjunct Professor at Raritan Valley Community College and County College of Morris; works found in many private collections; represented by Peters Valley Craft Center and Connexions Gallery in Easton, PA; exhibits in national group shows regularly.


Class Details

July 05 - August 30, 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Days: Wednesday

Tuition: $357

Member Tuition: $332

Location: The Center for Contemporary Art

Semester: Summer 2023

Level: Adult (Intermediate to Advanced)

Instructor: John Reinking

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