Funke Fired Arts is excited to offer eight and twelve week classes in handbuilding, wheel throwing, sculpture and glass! Find the class that's right for you. Running dates and times are listed below the class title.
- 8 week session: March 9th - May 10th
- 11 week session: April 13th - June 28th
Intro to Handbuilding
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, March 10 - May 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer/ $240
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 / 8 weeks, March 9 - May 4 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $240
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, March 10 - May 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher / $240
Sundays / 8 weeks, March 15 - May 10 / 1:00 - 3:00 with Marjorie Bledsoe / $240
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.
Painting with Glazes
Thursdays / 8 weeks, March 12 - May 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Laurie Wright / $250
We will take a broad look at how to achieve painting effects with glazes. We will study brushwork, layering to achieve a rendered appearance, resist, screen printing, and many other methods of painting with a focus on design and composition. Some projects will be guided, while others will be your own ideas. Bring a sketchbook for planning. Techniques will be priacticed with Mayco's Stroke and Coats on low fire bisque, but can be applied to stoneware as well as other glazes and underglazes. All materials will be included, but we'll talk about additional things you might want to pick up on the first day of class.
Kiln Cast Glass
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, March 10 - May 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Phil Taylor / $250
Kiln casting glass is a process where glass is melted into a mold where it solidifies as it cools, taking on the shape of that mold. In this class students will learn how to make positive and negative molds in order to create their own unique molds to cast their glass objects into. Students may choose to make handles or knobs to be attached to ceramic vessels, or stand alone glass pieces. We'll melt the glass into our molds in the kiln and also discuss ways to attach our glass pieces to other materials. Glass included!
Wheel 2: Technique
Mondays / 8 weeks, March 9 - May 4 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer / $240
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, March 11 - May 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English/ $240
Thursdays / 8 weeks, March 12 - May 7 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Ben Clark / $240
Saturdays / 8 weeks, March 14 - May 9 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Tony Weiss / $240
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.
Mondays / 8 weeks, March 9 - May 4 / 1:00 - 3:00 with Chrissy Trout / $240
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.
Handbuilding 2: Slab-built Teapots
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, March 11 - May 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $240
Teapots are fun and challenging forms to build. Part of good tepot making is finding a visual balance between all the utilitarian compontnts. In this class we will use slabs to make all of the components of the teapot...body, spout, handle, lid...and learn how to piece them together into an aesthetically exciting yet functioning form. Slab building will allow flexibility in planning the shape of your pots, so start thinking up some funky designs. Each student will make at least three teapots during the eight week session. Work on a series, or try a different style for each pot. Handbuilding 1 or similar experience required.
Wheel 3: Advanced Techniques
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, March 10 - May 5 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Ben Clark / $240
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!
Wheel 3: Throwing Efficiently
Thursdays / 8 weeks, March 12 - May 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English / $240
Throwing efficiently is key when it comes to production. Mike will show you how to simplify the process of throwing, eliminating as many steps as possible to increase output without sacrificing quality. Students will make multiples of the same forms, mastering those shapes. Focus will be placed on accuracy and sizing of the forms as you learn the tricks to reproducing pieces quickly and easily.
Wheel 3: Wheel Thrown Sculpture
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, March 11 - May 6 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $240
Interested in sculpture but hooked on the wheel? Have the best of both worlds. The wheel is an amazing tool for creating movement and texture. This eight week class will explore pedestal and wall sculpture from a wheel's perspective. Intro level wheel and handbuilding experience required for this class. Remember, Ben is teaching this class, so anything goes!
Thursdays / 8 weeks, March 12 - May 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $250
This class will cover a variety of different ways you can use slip to enhance your pottery or sculptural forms. Slip work is not just for people who are good at painting! A little slip underneath a glaze can add depth and interest to your finished surface. We will experiment with different brushstrokes, slip trailers, inlay, marbling, and combing the slip. You'll also learn how to mix slip and add colorants. We'll work on making some pieces to practice the slipwork on the first week of class. Everything will need to be leather-hard for slip application.
Intuitive Sculpting and Carving Techniques
Thursdays / 8 weeks, March 12th - May 7/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Kat Correll and Kirk Mayhew/ $240
Learn to approach your sculpture with an open-minded, flexible attitude. Thhis class will focus on using a quick, gestural handbuilding approach, incorporated with the delicate act of carving. Students will practice impromptu sculptural forms with weekly "sketch" pieces while rendering one final work of art.
Saturdays / 11 weeks, April 11 - June 27 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Kirk Mayhew / $325
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. *No Class May 9th during the Spring Fiesta Pottery Sale.