Class Schedule

Funke Fired Arts is excited to offer six and ten week summer classes in handbuilding, wheel throwing, sculpture and glass this summer!  We're also welcoming back Ikuhiko Shibata, our guset instructor from Japan!  Iku's classes have a limited number of seats and fill quickly.  Find the class that's right for you.  Running dates and times are listed below the class title.

Summer 2015

  • 6 week session:  July 6th - August 16th
  • 10 week session: July 6th - September 13th

Installation Art with Ikuhiko Shibata

Mondays / 6 weeks, July 6 - August 10 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Ikuhiko Shibata / $185

Funke Fired Arts is thrilled to welcome guest instructor Ikuhiko Shibata back for the third summer in a row.  Iku has been a ceramic artist in Japan for over 35 years, creating both production and independent art.  his work has won multiple awards and is displayed in public spaces in several different countries.  This summer explore Installation Art with Iku as the class works together to design and build artwork for a specific space.


Japanese Teabowls with Ikuhiko Shibata

Wednesdays / 6 weeks, July 8 - August 12 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Ikuhiko Shibata / $185

Iku has been a ceramic artist in Japan for over 35 years, creating both production and independent art.  His work has won multiple awards and is displayed in public spaces in several different countries.  Iku has intensively studied the tea ceremony tradition in the Tajimi area, famous since the 16th century for mini and sego style wares.  Participants of this class will learn several techniques including wheel throwing and coil to create traditional style tea bowls while gaining an understanding of the tea ceremony.  In addition to class time, Iku will be meeting with students individually for private lessons each week.


Intro to Handbuilding

Tuesdays / 6 weeks, July 7 - August 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer/ $185

This program is great for anyone from a true beginner to throwing students looking to get off the wheel and try something different for a while.  Learn the basics of how clay behaves through rolling, stacking, and blending coils.  Discover what you can make the clay do at various stages of dryness through working with both soft and hard slabs.  You will also have the opportunity to work with molds, the extruder, and studio glazes.  Clay and tools included.


Intro to Wheel

Mondays / 6 weeks, July 6 - August 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer / $185
Tuesdays / 6 weeks, July 7 - August 11 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher / $185
Sundays / 6 weeks, July 12 - August 16/ 1:00 - 3:00 with Marjorie Bledsoe / $185

Begin your clay experience with a fun and exciting challenge on the potter's wheel. It's not as easy as it looks on T.V. but we know you can do it with the help of our skilled teaching staff. You will learn to create cups, bowls, and plates. Remember, the more you practice the better you get, so use your free studio time.  Clay and tools included.


Wheel 2: Technique

Wednesdays / 6 weeks, July 8 - August 12/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English/ $185
Thursdays / 6 weeks, July 9 - August 13 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Nick Bonner/ $185
Saturdays / 6 weeks, July 11 - August 15 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Tony Weiss / $185

So you can center some clay and make some basic forms; now let's see how far you can push those skills! This class will strengthen your foundation techniques and get you comfortable with most wheel thrown forms. We will also cover new shaping techniques and surface decoration. Our goal is to make you a better potter while having as much fun as the law allows. Must have taken Wheel 1 or similar experience.


Wheel 3: Advanced Techniques

Thursdays / 6 weeks, July 9 - August 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English/ $185

So now you can throw. It's time to take your work to the next level. Faceting, stacking forms, merging functional and sculptural, and throwing with 10 pounds or more will all be covered in this exploration of form altering techniques. At any point in the class, students can stick with a specific technique and continue working with it for the remaining weeks. Try something new and spark a whole new style of work for yourself!


Handbuilding 2:

Mondays / 6 weeks, July 6 - August 10 / 1:00 - 3:00 with Chrissy Trout / $185

This intermediate to advanced level handbuilding class will focus on taking your forms to the next level.  Emphasis will be placed on proportions of forms and finishing techniques wile students work on self directed projects.


Building Big: Working with Coils

Wednesdays / 6 weeks, July 8 - August 12/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $185

Start thinking big.  It's easy to build a large structure out of clay when you're working with coils.  Students will work for eight weeks on one large coiled piece or a set of two or three relatively smaller pieces. Make a pot for the garden, a bird bath, a sculpture, or whatever else you may have in mind. You will be taught how to roll large amounts of clay into coils and also how to use the extruder to make coils. Learn how to make quick internal and external supports for your structure and how to build a large piece in sections. Emphasis will also be place on surface treatment. A groggy cone 10 clay body is recommended such as Standard 108, Standard 119, or Highwater Craggy Crunch.  


Glass: Fused Layers

Tuesdays / 6 weeks, July 7th - August 11th/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Phil Taylor / $190

Use glass to dreate images with Fused Layers!  Students will learn how to build layers of fused glass panels and how to integrate other elements  into those panels for different effects.  Phil will show you how to incorporate enamels, oxides, copper inclusions, and trapped air bubbles into your glass work to add interest and create designs and imagery.  This class is appropriate for all levels, whether you've never taken a glass class before or you've got experience fusing glass.  Come see what you can do with a few weeks of great instruction! Glass included!


Raku in the Afternoon

Tuesdays / 6 weeks, July 7 - August 11 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Kirk Mayhew / $190

It's summertime and we're ready to raku!  Join Kirk for this six week class where you will make forms appropriate for raku firing (i.e. you will be able to pull them red hot out of the kiln without dropping them!).  Learn about raku clay, glazes, and the combustibles used to create a reducing atmosphere in the raku process.  And, best of all, participate in the firings!  Kirk will instruct students on how to preform the intense process of firing and pulling pots safely so it's fun for everyone.  Students are welcome to bring snacks and beverages on firing days and we'll party while the kiln is firing.  


Glazing Techniques

Thursdays / 6 weeks, July 9 - August 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Laurie Wright and Chrissy Trout / $190

Learn glazing techniques from the pros.  Laurie and Chrissy are teaming up and bringing their combined glazing experience to this class.  We'll go over everything from underglaze to cone 10 studio glazes.  Learn painting and design techniques from Laurie using low-fire glazes.  Experiment with layering cone 6 commercial glazes and learn resist and glazing techniques for high-fire bucket glazes with Chrissy.  It's not often you get to pick the brains of two intstructors, so take advantage!  Everything you glaze during class should be considered a test tile.  This class will be a sampler of glazing techniques and temperatures.  Figure out what works for you and then apply it to your work.


Mold Making

Thursdays / 6 weeks, July 9 - August 13/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Kirk Mayhew / $190

Sometimes a single object is not enough.  If you have been inspired by an installation artist who has filled a gallery with identical looking art pieces you know what this class is about.  We will look at ceramists who use multiples in their own work to decide what sort of molds we want to create.  Students will then design one or two objects to be molded.  Casting and surfacing techniques will be decided on an individual basis.  Class fee includes access to "plaster-only" tools, metal shimmoing, and mold-making shelving.  Plaster additional per pound.


Advanced Sculpture

Saturdays / 10 weeks, July 11 - September 12 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Kirk Mayhew / $300

Kirk will assist students through self directed projects and seek to enhance their understanding of sculptural forms.  Surface experiments will help round out student's further experience.  You must have taken at least two sculpture classes, or similar experience, to qualify for this class.


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Studio Hours

  • Monday 9am-9pm
  • Tuesday 9am-9pm
  • Wednesday 9am-9pm
  • Thursday 9am-9pm
  • Friday 9am-5pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday 12pm-4pm

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  • Tuesday 9am-5pm
  • Wednesday 9am-5pm
  • Thursday 9am-5pm
  • Friday 9am-5pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday 12pm-4pm