Raku Workshop

Raku Workshop

Taught by Judi Morgenson & Michael Bolen
May3, 2019
Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm
8:30am Coffee and Bagels
Introductory Price
$45 Member
$50 Nonmember

‘räˌko͞o: Enjoyment


Join Judi & Michael, for a one-day workshop in which they will discuss the general history, theory and practice of firing ceramics in a raku kiln. They will also discuss raku kiln design and building a raku kiln and using a propane gas burner. Basic raku firing techniques will be discussed and put into practice in the Reitz Ranch Raku kiln. There will be ample time for participants to glaze their work using basic raku glazes provided for the workshop.


Michael and Judy recommend bringing 3 bisque pieces to raku for this workshop.

(Current members receive a $5 discount on current class)

Some tips and what to bring...

Participants should bring bisqued pieces no larger than 10” tall by 6” wide for the firing. Please keep in mind:

  • Bisque temperature should be pyrometeric cone 04/06.
  • Flat pieces like plates and wide bowls can be problematic and for purposes of the workshop are discouraged.
  • Please be aware that raku firing does not produce work suitable for food service and vessels may be too porous to hold liquid.
  • Wear proper clothing!  Shoes should be close-toed
  • Leave jewelry at home, especially rings, bracelets or watches
  • If your hair is long, bring a tie-back
  • Curiosity and a sense of humor!
About Our Instructors

Michael Bolen is best known for his functional pottery with themes reminiscent of aboriginal designs, be it carved into the piece or simply applied to the surface. Each piece is mindfully created and fired using a wide range of techniques. The resulting pieces are quite unique visually and tactilely pleasing.

Over the course of forty years as a ceramic artist, Michael Bolen has drawn inspiration from such artists as Paul Souldner, Warren Mackenzie, Vic Bracke and Luna Patterson. Each presenting a unique approach to ceramic art.

Michael’s studio is at the Reitz Ranch Center for Ceramic Arts in Clarkdale AZ.


If you’re having troubles registering please call 602-882-8553.  Reception can be spotty out here at the ranch, so be sure to leave a message if you don’t get an answer. You can text to that number as well or use the form below.

Reitz Ranch Cancellation Policy

– RR will offer a full refund of registration/workshop fees if cancellation is made at least ONE WEEK in advance of workshop.

– If cancellation occurs less than ONE WEEK prior to the start of the workshop, participant will forfeit 50% of the total workshop fee, or, at the request of participant RR may credit the total amount to be used on alternative class/workshop at a later date.

– If cancellation or no-show occurs once the workshop has commenced RR reserves the right to withhold all Fees paid by participant. However, RR understands that extenuating circumstances may occur and will make every effort to take these into consideration. In some cases, participant may be eligible to receive a partial or full credit towards another workshop.