Workshops Learn More

Workshops Learn More


Workshops are offered to our members, including an annual Raku workshop in the Fall.  From time to time we offer workshops to non-members.

Spring Raku Workshop

Spring Raku Workshop (members only)
Saturday, May 25, 2024 (Rain date: Sunday, May 26)
9:30 AM to 4 PM
Instructors: Meagan Brooks and Sandra Mills


Learn the Raku process and make unique pieces to treasure. This is a great opportunity to learn a new method of firing your pots and spend the day outdoors with friends. The workshop is open to all Guild members – General and Studio/RAM. Participants will be able to fire 2-3 pieces in this workshop.

Workshop details

Dates: May 25 (rain date: May 26)

Time: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Where: 2 Humber Heights Trail, Palgrave, ON L0N 1P0 (Frieda’s place)

Cost: $125 + HST


● 1/2 bag Raku clay

● Zoom meeting to review form and design options (April 16, 7:00 – 9:00 PM)

● Bisque firing of your pieces

● A variety of Raku glazes and naked Raku slips available in the studio for Studio and General members

● Raku firing of 2-3 pieces at the workshop location

After pieces are fired in the Raku kiln, participants are responsible for managing their pieces in a reduction chamber (e.g., lidded metal container such as a large soup pot, small garbage can, or roasting pan). Chambers with well-fitting lids that match the size of your pieces will provide the best reduction environment. Participants are welcome to bring their own reduction chambers, however, we also have a selection available.

Sawdust will be provided, but participants should also bring newsprint with them. 


As we will be working around open fire, participants must abide by the following:

  • No loose fitting clothing
  • Wear natural fibres
  • Tie hair back or cover loose hair
  • Wear close-toed shoes: No sandals, slip-on shoes or Crocs permitted.
  • Safety gloves will be provided
  • The workshop takes place outside so make sure you come dressed to spend the whole day outside and get a bit dirty.

Food and Drinks

Bring your own chair, lunch, and drinks. Coffee will be provided. There is access to a bathroom and water (hose).

Key Dates

  • April 14 from 1-3 PM – Clay pickup at studio
    • Studio members can pick up their clay any day after this time. 
    • General Members must make alternate arrangements if you cannot pick up your clay during this time.
  • April 16 from 7-9 PM – Participants Zoom meeting
    • This will be a time to go over what to expect and to help participants plan their pieces. 
    • We will talk about forms and preparation needed for finishes, such as Naked Raku and horsehair. 
  • May 10 – Bisque Firing
    • Pieces must be bone dry and ready for bisque firing. A designated shelf in the front room will be labelled RAKU where pieces can be put before and after the bisque firing.  
  • May 15 – Glazes Available
    • Raku glazes and slip will be available in the studio for participants to use to glaze their pieces.
  • May 25 – Workshop
    • Bring your glazed pieces with you.

Additional Information

Please take the time to watch this Q&A session with Vicki Ruple Lepe about Raku and listen to some great tips and tricks about forms, design and glazing.

Raku with Vicki


Registration opens on April 13 at 12:01 AM

Special Notes:

  • There are no refunds once you have registered.
  • A registration can be transferred to someone else prior to the start date if you need to back out.
  • No food or drinks will be provided (except as noted above)

Lornewood Plaza
1200 Vanier Drive Units 3A & 3B
Mississauga ON L5H 4C7

© Mississauga Potters' Guild

Lornewood Plaza desktop
1200 Vanier Drive Units 3A & 3B
Mississauga ON L5H 4C7

© Mississauga Potters' Guild

Lornewood Plaza
1200 Vanier Drive Units 3A & 3B
Mississauga ON L5H 4C7

© Mississauga Potters' Guild