Reitz Ranch Raku Workshop

Raku Workshop

Reitz Ranch Raku Workshop

Taught by Judi Morgenson & Michael Bolen
November 8 & 9, 2019
Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
$115 Member
$145 Nonmember

‘räˌko͞o: Enjoyment


Join Judi & Michael, for another hands-on raku 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 while demonstrating how to use a propane gas burner kiln. Basic raku firing techniques, as well as new more advanced techniques,  will be discussed and put into practice in the Raku kilns.  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.

Raku Horsehair Photo
Raku Ferric Chloride #2 + (3)
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.

Judi Morgenson has been teaching college ceramics and exhibiting her work for over 35 yrs. 


She began her journey in art and ceramics at California State University, San Jose, where she received a degree in Art History. During her studies, she applied and was accepted to the American College’s Abroad Program, to study Art History in Italy. After a year of studying and traveling in Europe, she returned to California and was offered a job at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park, and became an assistant to the Yosemite Park Curator. There, she met and married a Park Ranger, and eventually, she and her husband moved to Susanville, Ca., where she began teaching ceramics at Lassen Community College. She received her Master’s Degree in Ceramics from Calif State University, Chico, during that time.


Judi and her husband moved to Arizona in 1992, and she began teaching ceramics at the Sedona Art’s Center, and a few years later, Yavapai College until 2013. She became the Yavapai College Art Gallery manager until 2015, and now works at home in her studio in Cornville.


She has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums around the country, and has won numerous awards.  She was invited to show her experimental work, early in her career, in a show called “A Survey of Slab Ceramics, From Object to Expression, from 1956 to Present” in Palo Alto Calif. It featured the works of the most nationally known artists during that time, as well as the up and coming artists, or emerging artists, which included Judi’s work.


Judi has been exploring and experimenting with all aspects of the ceramic process for many years, and sharing it through her work, and with her students in her classes.


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.