June Raku Making Days

Open to current and former LPCA pottery students and Open Studio Members.

Saturday, June 15 2-5 pm
Sunday, June 23 2-5 pm

Ages 18+
Experience Level Intermediate and up. Open to current and former LPCA pottery students and Open Studio Members.* Look for future raku opportunities for all skill levels!

Class Description

Raku is an exciting and hands-on process that involves pulling pieces of pottery from the kiln while they are still red hot, and cooling them in a special “saggar” or smoking box. This process can create decorative pots with unique and striking colors and patterns.

The “Making Day” mini-workshop gives current students and Open Studio members dedicated time to make pottery in preparation for a Raku Firing workshop. As a group we will discuss the basics of clay and glaze selection, and size and shape choice. You’ll be provided with up to a half bag of specialty raku clay that will yield the best results in the firing.

Completed raku pieces are intended for decorative use and are not suitable for food and drink.

Materials Needed

Students will be supplied with up to a half bag of specialty raku clay. All necessary tools and equipment will be provided.

Ceramics Open Studio

Monthly passes are available for experienced students to access the ceramics studio for independent outside-of-class worktime. Contact Maxwell at [email protected] to learn more.

Maxwell Starr

Maxwell Starr

Pottery Instructor & Program Associate

[email protected]

About the Instructor

Maxwell Starr was born and raised in a small town outside of Philadelphia and has been a life-long visitor to the Adirondacks. Maxwell first learned to throw on the wheel over a decade ago from his father, who was himself a recreational potter. In the years since, he has been involved in academic programs, arts centers, and both public and private kiln firings. After graduating from Skidmore College in 2021, he spent a year working for the national renowned graduate program in Ceramics at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania before moving full-time to Lake Placid. Maxwell’s own ceramic work focuses on traditional pottery forms fired in atmospheric kilns. His other areas of interest and experience include natural draft kiln design and construction, glaze and clay chemistry, and wood firing kilns.


Questions? Know you may need to miss class sessions? *Unsure if this class is the right fit for you? Contact [email protected].