“My work is really about form and surface. The pieces are non-functional and have to ‘justify their existence’ by imparting a ‘presence’ - does it have life; does it sing? Elusive qualities but worth striving for when everything comes together.”

Tim Andrews has gained an International reputation for his distinctive smoke-fired and raku ceramics. He makes individual Raku work, black and white with linear decoration or burnished muted coloured slips. His pieces have been acquired for both public and private collections and are exhibited widely across the UK and abroad. He is an elected Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain.

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His pieces are usually thrown, although recent pieces are handbuilt. Bisque-firing is in a conventional gas kiln to 1060 degrees Celcius. Many pieces have a ‘resist’ slip and glaze applied and are then fired in a ‘top hat’ glass-fibre kiln to around 1000 degrees Celcius, before removal when red-hot to a smoking chamber. When cold the resist glaze is chipped off and the pot cleaned up and waxed.

Tim is the author of the book "Raku", published by A and C Black, now in its second edition.

Visit Tim Andrews's website

The cost of this masterclass is 150,000 Hungarian forints.
It includes accommodation in a single room (self catering) with shared facilities, teaching fee and materials you need for the course. Participants will receive 20 kg clay suitable for the firings. You can purchase more if wish from our technicians.
We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF.

for information and application form please email:
Steve Mattison, International Ceramics Studio


This course aims to help develop your technical abilities and artistic sensibilities when making and finishing pieces for raku ceramics.
In the first afternoon and day you will be introduced to the tutor’s own throwing and making techniques and make a series of small simple test pieces – either thrown on a wheel or hand built. In the evenig Tim Andrews will make a presentation about his own work.

The second day will be spent glazing bisque-fired work brought with you. Various burnishing techniques are also taught on the samples made on the course. Preparation of the slips and glazes and the raku kiln also begins.

Saturday and Sunday participants are free to visit museums and galleries or visit Budapest which is very easy by train. Or you may continue to work in the studios, but please be aware that this work might not be possible to fire.

The last two days will be spent firing work that has been brought already bisque-fired or work fired during the weekend. You may bring your own work to raku fire or there will be some simple pieces provided.

Taught techniques included are clay work, throwing and handbuilding, burnishing using slips and making and using terra sigillata. Resist slip, glazes, and raku firing techniques. Each part of the course will begin with a demonstration of the tutor’s methods followed by hands-on activity under guidance. Each stage of process will be clearly described and some notes provided, along with glaze recipes etc. You will also be encouraged to keep your own notes and the focus will be, as far as possible, tailored to individual needs. Everyone should leave the course with a basic understanding of the methods, having hopefully been enthused to pursue and develop their own work in a personal way.

During the week there will be various slide presentations and videos aimed at broadening your experience of making and offering an insight into other makers' approaches.

Included in the fee for this course are clay, glazing and firing costs. Participants will receive 20 kg clay suitable for the firings. You can purchase more if wish from our technicians.

You are encouraged to bring a few pieces of bisque-fired work with you – a maximum of four and no bigger than 20cm high and 15cm wide, fired to a temperature of around 950°C. If possible, at least two pieces should be burnished to provide a smooth surface for testing the resist slip technique. We cannot guarantee to be able to fire all work brought. There will be pieces provided (for purchase) for students who are unable to bring their own.

Participants should bring with them their small personal hand tools. Remember to pack them in your stowed luggage not in hand luggage for flying. We can provide a basic tool kit for purchase if you need.
Notebook, or sketch pad and pencil.
Suitable clothing for Raku firing – jeans/long sleeves/covered shoes.

Wednesday 24 April, 2013
Arrival day.
11.00 - 12.00 Introduction to the course
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop
18.00 Tim Andrews presentation.
Thursday 25, Friday 26 April, 2013
09.00 - 12.00 Morning workshop
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop
Saturday 27, Sunday 28 April, 2013
Weekend free to visit museums, galleries, Budapest, or continue working if you wish. Work made during the first two days will be bisque fired ready for Monday workshop.
Monday 29 April, 2013
09.00 - 12.00 Morning workshop
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop
Tuesday 30 April, 2013
09.00 - 12.00 Morning workshop
12.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 17.00 Afternoon workshop, discussion and clear up.

Evening working – The studios will be available if you wish to continue making items, though these sessions will not be taught. Additional materials to those provided by the course may be purchased from the technicians.

The tutor instructs students in health and safety issues relevant to this course. Students may work unsupervised on agreed projects once they have satisfied the tutor as to their competence. There may be restrictions on the equipment available to students in the tutor’s absence.

2013. április 24. – 30.

„A munkáim valóban a formáról és a felületről szólnak. Nem használati tárgyak, a létezésüket a jelenlétük tudatosításával kell igazolniuk – élnek; megszólítanak? Meghatározhatatlan minőségek, de érdemes értük küzdeni, feltéve hogy, minden összejön.

” Tim Andrews nemzetközi elismerést vívott ki magának füst égetésű és raku kerámiáival. Különleges raku alkotásai fekete-fehérek vonalas díszítéssel, vagy felcsiszolja őket és pasztellszínű engobot alkalmaz. Művei megtalálhatóak köz- és magángyűjteményekben, gyakran szerepelnek kiállításokon az Egyesült Királyságban és külföldön. A Craft Potters Association of Great Britain megválasztott tagja.

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Munkái többnyire korongoltak, bár az utóbbi időben kézzel épített alkotásokat is készít. A zsengélés hagyományos gázkemencében történik 1060 ˚C fokon. Számos munkáján alkalmaz „védő” engobot és mázat, majd „cilinderes” kaowool kemencében égeti őket kb. 1000 C fokon, mielőtt vörösen izzóan a füst kamrába kerülnek. Amikor kihűlnek, a védő máz lepattogzik, ezután következik a tisztítás és viaszolás.

A Raku című könyv szerzője (kiadója az A and C Black), a népszerű műnek már második kiadása van forgalomban.


Kormos Emese, Nemzetközi Kerámia Stúdió

Nemzetközi Kerámia Stúdió - International Ceramics Studio
Kápolna u.11. Kecskemét 6000, Hungary