Funke Fired Arts is excited to offer eight and twelve week classes in handbuilding, wheel throwing, sculpture, glass and now polymer clay! Find the class that's right for you. Running dates and times are listed below the class title.
- 8 week session: October 12th - December 13th
- 12 week session: September 14th - December 13th
Saturdays / 12 weeks, September 19 - December 12 / 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.
Intro to Handbuilding
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 14 - December 9 / 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, October 12 - December 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Jamie Grauvogel / $240
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 13 - December 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher / $240
Sundays / 8 weeks, October 18 - December 13/ 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.
Mondays / 8 weeks, Ocober 12 - December 7/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Marjorie Bledsoe / $250
Learn the basics of working with polymer clay while exploring color, texture, and design. Students will learn how to make different shapes and sizes of beads, along with decorative layering techniques such as millefiori and mokume-gane. Take what you've learned and design your own piece of jewelry or tile piece that you'll work on at the end of the session. Polymer clay and shared class tools included.
Lithography Transfer on Clay
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 14 - December 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $250
In this class students will explore the printmaking process of lithography transfer adapted for clay. This exciting technique can give you a range of tones, unlike many other printing techniques that will produce only blacks and whites. Start gathering photos of your family, your favorite imagery, and even your own drawings to transfer onto your ceramic work. Printing materials included. Students will need leather-hard pieces to print on. A light colored clay body is reccomended.
Portraiture on Clay
Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 15 - December 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Laurie Wright / $250
An in depth study on methods and techniques in drawing and painting faces on clay surfaces. We will be practicing with low fire glazes on slip cast pieces but all processes learned will be applicable to stoneware and underglazes. Come prepared with images of faces (not restricted to human) you'd like to memorialize on a plate, tile or platter. Some projects will be guided, while others will be your own ideas. All materials will be included, but we'll talk about additional things you might want to pick up on the first day of class.
Wheel 2: Technique
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 14 - December 9/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English/ $240
Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 15 - December 10/ 10:00 - 12:00 with Ben Clark/ $240
Saturdays / 8 weeks, October 17 - December 12/ 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.
W2/3: Altered Thrown Pots
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 13 - December 8 / 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 3: A Class for Drinkers
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 14 - December 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $255
Every once in a while a truly great and noble class comes along to shape the landscape of pottery for future generations. A Class for Drinkers is that class! Ben Clark will take you on a voyage of cultural discovery through the use of booze and clay. We will explore the culture behind beer, bourbon, wine, and hoity-toity martinis. Through this exploration we will discover how to make the perfect drinking vessel for each of these vices. This is a class like no other and you may be changed forever. Proceed with caution.
Wheel 3: Tea; Explorations in Form, Functionality, and History
Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 15 - December 10/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English / $240
In this class centered around this ancient beverage, students will explore different forms that have been used for tea consumption for thousands of years. Cups and saucers, tea bowls, teapots, and mugs will all be covered. Warm up during every class this fall with a cup of tea!
Mondays / 8 weeks, October 12 - December 7/ 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: Serving Dishes
Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 15 - December 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $240
This class will focus on several different handbuilt forms that will function as unique serving vessels. From elegant to funky, we'll create trays, bowls, and other serving pieces that will make any dish stand out. We'll mainly be working with slabs, but coils and pinching may be used as well. Take these simple techniques and add your own style to make some totally original work you'll be proud to put on the table. Handbuilding experience required.
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 13 - December 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark/ $255
This class will focus on lots of experimentation and partying. Beginners and advanced students welcome. We will focus on raku for two weeks, barrel firing for two weeks, Obvara firing for two weeks, and the last two weeks of the class will be student choice- whatever your favorite section was. Students must have a few pieces made and bisque fired with raku clay before the first week of class.