18 - 24 October, 2017

The cost of the 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.
We have a limited number of rooms with private shower and WC at a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF per course.

Information and application form please email:
Steve Mattison, International Contact

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Crackle and Craze, Naked Raku and Terra Sigilatta
with Steve Mattison

The raku process involves the rapid firing and cooling of the ware, with the pots being removed red hot from the kiln and is probably the most exciting and spectacular of all pottery techniques. Raku, the Japanese expression meaning enjoyment or happiness has many connotations. It is the name given to the particular technique, a philosophical state of mind and a religious endeavour - or possibly a combination of all three.

The raku kiln is often seen as a symbol of experimental involvement with heat and ceramic, in contrast to the production kiln and its repetitious control. The popularity of raku has grown rapidly in recent years and the introduction of morecontrollable, efficient and portable ceramic fibre kilns has made this technique more accessible to potters. It is in the ability to control the design, decoration and carbonising of the unglazed areas to a totally individual level, added to the inevitable and unpredictable movement of crazing and shadows across the surfaces that, for me, the intrigue of raku lies.

Steve Mattison (Great Britain) has been a professional ceramic artist for over 30 years, specialising in raku and wood-fired salt glaze. He is a firm believer in the education and development of the ceramic arts and since the mid 1980's he has been an active educator, endeavouring to pass on the enthusiasm and knowledge to new generations of ceramic artists, teaching art and design in several universities and colleges throughout Europe and America.

Steve's work is represented in many museums and private collections throughout Europe and the United States and he has contributed to several magazines and books. He is the author of the best-selling ceramic book “The Complete Potter” now translated into eight languages.

Visit Steve Mattison's website - www.stevemattison.com


18 - 24 October, 2017

During the course you will learn:

  • 1. Colouring clays
  • Laminating clay
  • Pressmoulding techniques
  • A variety of surface treatments
  • Glaze formulation and mixing.
  • Glazes and surface resists
  • Raku firing techniques and controlling the crackle.
  • Mixing and making terra-sigilatta
  • Application and polishing
  • Masking and resists
  • Fring and reduction techniques

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




The workshop language will be English.


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

  • 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.
  • Overall/apron.

Steve has compiled a list of tools you should bring. If you don't have them then some will be available to share.
You can download it here

Fees for the masterclass include

  • Your accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom on a self catering basis.
  • The basic materials and firings you will need for your course. (Extra materials may be purchased if you wish to make additional work.)
  • Teaching fee.
  • 24 hour access to your studio.

A 50% deposit is required upon acceptance to secure your place on the course. The balance may either be paid in advance or in cash on arrival at the studio. It may be possible for you to make applications to arts councils and funding organisations in your home country to attend the course. We will help you in any way we can with any applications for funding you make.

Accommodation is in single rooms with shared bathrooms and WC. Rooms are simply furnished with bed, desk, chairs, wardrobe and cupboard and supplied with clean bed-linen, pillows and towels. Artists have the use of modern, fully equipped kitchens with shared refrigerators, cookers and microwave ovens. All cups, plates, cooking pots, saucepans and cutlery is provided. There are spacious lounges and dining rooms. All accommodation is self catering.

We have an extensive library of ceramic books and magazines as well as other art publications. There is computer broadband internet access (wi-fi) in most areas. There is also a laundry facility with washers and dryer.

En-suite accommodation
We have a limited number of single en-suite rooms with their own shower and WC. If you require a single room with a private bathroom there is a supplement cost of 24,000 HUF per course.

Studio materials and equipment
We have all the usual studio equipmen - slabrollers, electric and kick wheels, extruders, pugmills, ballmills etc. and we have 9 electric kilns of varying sizes, three gas kilns (firing to 1400c for porcelain), 4 wood-fired kilns, with one for saltglaze, and raku kilns.

All participants must be insured for medical and personal liability for the duration of their masterclass at ICS.
For EU citzens - please bring your EU Healthcard.
During the work period the ICS may document and publish the work of the artist in publications or on the ICS website.
ICS cannot offer storage for any artist’s works after the masterclass is completed.

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

Health and Safety
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.


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