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.
*There will be no classes the week of Thanksgiving, November 24th - 30th.
September - December 2014
- 8 week session: October 13 - December 14
- 12 week session: September 15 - December 14
Intro to Handbuilding
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 15 - December 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout/ $237
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 13 - December 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer / $237
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 14 - December 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 with staff / $237
Sundays / 8 weeks, October 19 - December 14 / 1:00 - 3:00 with staff / $237
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
Mondays / 8 weeks, October 13 - December 8 /6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English / $237
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 15 - December 10/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English/ $237
Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 16 - December 11 / 10:00 - 12:00 with Ben Clark / $237
Saturdays / 8 weeks, October 18 - December 13 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Tony Weiss / $237
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.
HB2: Handbuilt Tableware
Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 16 - December 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout / $237
In this class we will focus on making totally functional ware off the wheel. Dishes don't have to be round! Each student will learn multiple slab, mold, and extruder building techniques to make some funky tableware; creating cups, plates, bowls, and serving trays. After this class, you might just leave the wheel forever!!
W2: Food & Pots
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 14 - December 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer / $237
Good pots have a way of bringing out the color and character of food. In this class we will study this relationship. Each student will pick a recipe and then work on a design for a serving or cooking vessel to compiment that dish, creating several options along the way. Students' final pieces will be photographed both with and without the complimentary cuisine and on the last day of class we'll have a feast!
Mondays / 8 weeks, October 13 - December 8 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Mara Cakan / $237
Looking at Mara Cakan's pots, anyone could tell she was a designer. Would you like to push your pots to that level? Here is your chance. Mara will teach an eight week class where she uses COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY and her juge design brain to help you modify your pieces. If you're comfortable with technique, whether wheel throwing or handbuilding, and want to develop your forms and surfaces in a way that sets your work apart; this class if for you. This is an advanced level class.
Wheel 3: Sets
Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 16 - December 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English / $237
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: Advanced Techniques
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, October 14 - December 8 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Ben Clark / $237
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!
A Thousand Pots from One Mold
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, October 15 - December 9 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark/ $237
Create a plaster mold and use it in a plethora of different ways to make great clay forms with countless surface possibilities. We will start with a simple mold, like a beach ball, and turn it into MAGNIFICENT works of art. Yes I said works...plural. How may works? Thousands...MILLIONS...or like 4. We only have eight weeks so give me a break!
Found Object Sculpture
Thursdays / 8 weeks, October 16 - December 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Kirk Mayhew / $237
Got some stuff laying around that begs to be something? Incorporate those extra cool thngs from the garage, basement or out back. Think aged and rusty! Kirk will introduce students to wet clay work that will fit together with anything non-ceramic: metal, wood, plastic, even glass. We will learn about shrinkage and mechanical attachments to finish off our fusing of form and imagination. Intro to Handbuilding or similar experience required.
Saturdays / 12 weeks, September 20 - December 13 / 2:00 - 4:00 with Kirk Mayhew / $340
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.