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Experience Amazing Horsehair Raku

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.Joshua Tree, United States

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Experience hosted by Lewis

2 hours
Includes drinks, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

After meeting the potter, guest will get to see the work environment and be able to look at work previously done. A short video and/or talk will be given to instruct them on what the process looks like and describe what they will be doing.
Then the guess will choose from a variety of previously made ceramic pieces that will be placed into the kiln. The piece they choose will be theirs to decorate when it is removed from the kiln about 30 to 45 minutes later. It will also be theirs as a memento of the experience.
Each guest will be coached as how to apply sugar, feathers and or horsehair to the piece they chose to do. While the pieces are in the kiln and being brought to temperature, the time will be used for questions and answers and any discussion concerning pottery and this process.
Before the guest actually do their piece with this technique, the potter will remove a piece from the kiln and do a live demo of the process.
When this has been completed, each guest will have their opportunity to decorate the piece they have chosen. Again, when the process is completed, each person will get to take home the item they did.
This is a highly unique experience. It might be watched on YouTube or other places, but it is a rare chance to actually participate. It is interesting to watch but exciting to do!
After meeting the potter, guest will get to see the work environment and be able to look at work previously done. A short video and/or talk will be given to instruct them on what the process looks like and describe what they will be doing.
Then the guess will choose from a variety of previously made ceramic pieces that will be placed into the kiln. The piece they choose will be theirs to decorate when it is removed from the kiln about 30…

Lewis's commitment to safety

This host has committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines – including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Drinks
    Bottled water will be provided. Please no alcohol but guest are welcome to...
  • Equipment
    Everything that is needed is provided.
From ₹4,946
/ person
Fri, 30 Oct
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
₹4,946 per person
₹4,946 per person
Tue, 3 Nov
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
₹4,946 per person
₹4,946 per person
Fri, 6 Nov
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
₹4,946 per person
₹4,946 per person

Meet your host, Lewis

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 7 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I am an experienced professional potter and received my BA in ceramics at Minnesota State University at Moorhead (MSUM) with honors in 2011. I had several years experience prior to participating in the undergraduate program.
While attending MSUM I was mentored by world renowned potter Brad Bachmeier in the art of Raku. There are lots of potters but only a small number utilize this technique. I am one. I have assisted Brad Bachmeier demoing to students and prospective students. I have demonstrated this technique to many on my own.
I create a very unique look by applying sugar, feathers and horsehair to the surfaces of pottery that is removed from the kiln and while it is still red hot.
I offer my skill to help others experience a one of kind experience.
I am an experienced professional potter and received my BA in ceramics at Minnesota State University at Moorhead (MSUM) with honors in 2011. I had several years experience prior to participating in the undergraduate program.
While attending MSUM I was mentored by world renowned potter Brad Bachmeier in the art of Raku. There are lots of potters but only a small number utilize this technique. I am one. I have assisted Brad Bachmeier demoing to students and prospective students. I have de…
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Where you'll be

The entire experience is at one location. This location will fully give the guest the feel of a ceramic studio, and the processes that are carried out there. We are located in the upper desert in the town of Joshua Tree California literally minutes from Joshua Tree National Park. Our location it 61011 El Coyote Lane. Joshua Tree California, 92252. There is about 3/4 a mile of dirt road and a large address sign at the gate.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

AnnMarie E
March 2020
This was a fantastic experience. Lewis is very generous with explaining his techniques & sharing stories about his life. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with him. His work is beautiful. So glad he is participating with Airbnb experiences!!
Kelly
March 2020
What a cool unique experience for these Kansas girls! We wanted to learn about something new and experience the desert. Lewis was very knowledgable, positive, friendly & welcoming.
Trula
December 2019
you will learn some history about his art and the area .... this was a wonderful experience, I would do it again in a heartbeat. Lewis is conversational and informative. Thank you so very much for adjusting your schedule for us!
Leigha
November 2019
Incredible experience! Lewis went out of his way to make us feel so welcomed. My partner and I spent the evening learning about the Raku process, different techniques, watching a demonstration and learning about the materials and then were able to create unique pieces of our very own. Lewis is an expert in his craft and we were so honored to spend the evening in his studio. We’d definitely recommend this experience to any and every one. Lewis is patient, an amazing teacher, and just about the kindest person you could imagine. If you’re thinking about booking this magical experience, do it! You won’t find a better personal artistry experience.
Incredible experience! Lewis went out of his way to make us feel so welcomed. My partner and I spent the evening learning about the Raku process, different techniques, watching a…
Manda
March 2020
This experience is very unique and interactive, highly recommend it!
Shadrack
December 2019
Learning Raku in Lewis's studio with the backdrop of the yucca desert mountains was a spectacular experience!

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 6 and up can attend.

More tips

Children are okay as long as they are behaved. Long hair may want to be tied back. Please do not come drunk or high. It is a danger to yourself and others.

What to bring

Guest should be dressed appropreiate to the weather. Most guest will not get dirty but a ceramic studio can be dirty. Bring a camera if you want.