RAKU: Mud, Fire & Smoke

July 1 - 5

RAKU: Mud, Fire & Smoke

WEEK TWO (5-day): July 1 – 5, 2019   Classes run from 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

RAKU: Mud, Fire & Smoke

In this multi-faceted workshop, Ellen with share her favorite tools, tips and techniques to create gestural hand-built forms using soft slab construction.

Students will explore a variety of tools and methods to create unique surfaces on whimsical vessels, sculptural pieces and functional pots. Part of this process will involve learning to make and use latex rubber molds, which will be theirs to keep.

The week will also include the excitement and drama of Raku firing. Participants will have an opportunity to fully participate in the Raku process. It is a rapid firing method capable of producing dazzling colours and unexpected results. Glowing hot pots are removed from the kiln and placed in post firing reduction chambers where fire and smoke work their magic. The hardest part is waiting for the pots to be cool enough to peek!

Ellen will also demonstrate “Naked Raku” and horse hair firing methods, as well as post firing finishes using acrylic paints. It promises to be an action packed week of pottery fun.

All levels welcome, basic skills and a fundamental understanding of clay is preferable


  • STUDENT SUPPLY LIST (Click HERE): All students are responsible for bringing their own supplies.
  • COURSE COST: $724 (Covers $681 tuition and $43 for additonal course supplies/firing fees.)

Tuition also includes daily lunch and daily snacks.  Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and are inclusive of all applicable taxes. An accommodation package is available in QUAD or DOUBLE occupancy and includes breakfast and dinner. Click here for further details.

Ellen Statz

Ellen was born and raised in the small coastal community of Campbell River, B.C. on Vancouver Island. She obtained her degree in Fine Art at Malaspina College (now VIU) in Nanaimo in 1984.

Ellen approaches her work with a sense of humor and whimsy, delighting in what happens with the clay as she manipulates, stretches, textures and builds a variety of forms from decorative, to functional to sculptural. Daily meditative beach walks provide endless inspiration and she is always dreaming up new challenges to tackle. She continues to reside in Campbell River, where she operates her studio and offers classes in hand-building and Raku.

Ellen says that “A day with clay is ALWAYS a good day”.


Sold Out – Thanks for your interest.

Classes are open to students at least 19 years of age at the start of their registered workshop


Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA’s online withdrawal form and will be processed through PayPal.

Click HERE for the form.

BEFORE April 15: for each course withdrawal, a refund inclusive of tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee.

AFTER April 15: for each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2020 will be issued, minus a $50 admin fee. Any applicable supply fee will be refunded. As a courtesy, a full refund will be issued if withdrawal application is received within 48 hours of an initial purchase (up until June 7, 2019).

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, a full refund (tuition, supply fee and accommodation) will be issued. Transferring into another workshop is a possibility. On-Campus accommodations can be canceled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation form.