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: January 12 - March 8
- 12 week session: January 12 - April 5
Intro to Handbuilding
Mondays / 8 weeks, January 12 - March 2 / 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, January 12 - March 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $240
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 13 - March 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English / $240
Sundays / 8 weeks, January 18 - March 8 / 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.
Intro to Kiln Glass
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 13 - March 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Phil Taylor / $250
This class will teach you the basics of fusing, casting, and slumping so you can make your own works of art out of glass. We will teach you about glass selection, mold making, kilns, firing schedules, and annealing. While woking with the materials in class you will learn how to cut glass, design projects, and how to incorporate your glass creations into your other artwork. Glass included!
Wheel 2: Technique
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 14 - March 4 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English/ $240
Saturdays / 8 weeks, January 17 - March 7 / 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.
W2: Altered Thrown Pots
Mondays / 8 weeks, January 12 - March 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer / $240
So you can make a cylinder and a bowl...now what??? Learn how to take your round forms to another level and alter your wheel thrown pottery. The wheel is just the starting point. Make that circle into an oval, square, rectangle, or anything in between! Students will learn to make oval platters, altered casserole dishes, darted forms, and more. Wheel 2 experience required. Previous handbuilding experience is a great compliment for this class, but is not required.
Wheel 2: Dynamic Surfaces
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 15 - March 5 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Ben Clark / $240
This class will be an eight week workshop in texture and layering. We will work with four basic forms and countless tools to create a surface with depth and energy that compliments the form. Ben has been known to use beer bottles, golf balls, pop cans, bottle caps, weeds, 2X4's, and countless other things to texture his pots and sculptures. You'll never look at a bottle the same way again.
Wheel 3: Advanced Techniques
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 13 - March 3 / 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: Teapots
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 14 - March 4/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $240
Teapots have so many components. In this class we will work collectively to create several examples of feet, handles, spouts, lids, and bodies. This class goes beyond technique and becomes an exploration in form and attachments.
Wheel 3: Throwing Large
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 15 - March 5/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English / $240
Students will explore techniques of throwing large forms. Throwing over ten pounds of clay, coil throwing, stacking forms, creating large platters, and other methods of throwing HUGE will all be covered in this class.
Handbuilding 2: Slabs
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 14 - March 4 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $240
This class is geared to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about working with slabs. We'll use soft slabs, hard slabs, big slabs, small pieces of slabs, and explore different ways to use slabs with molds. Emphasis will be placed on learning the proper dryness for your slabs for each technique, which will lead to success in all of your future slab-building projects.
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 15 - March 5/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Kirk Mayhew / $250
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.
How to Glaze
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 15 - March 5 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $250
This class is designed to build your level of knowledge and confidence when it comes to finishing your pieces. You shouldn't have to rely on blind luck every time you layer a few bucket glazes. There are a number of different ways to glaze. We will try out glazes of different temperature ranges, use glazes that create texture, and even paint with oxides and underglazes. Each student will also learn to mix a test batch of glaze. You are encouraged to experiment! Every item you glaze in this class should be considered a test tile. Use this opportunity to discover what you like and what works for you and then go back and apply those techniques to your work.
Saturdays / 12 weeks, January 17 - April 4 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Kirk Mayhew / $350
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.