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: May 11th - July 5th
- 11 week session: April 13th - June 28th
Intro to Handbuilding
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 13 - July 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Chrissy Trout/ $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, May 11 - June 29*** / 6:30 - 8:30 with staff / $240
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 12 - June 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Angela Belcher / $240
Sundays / 8 weeks, May 17 - July 5/ 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.
***No class on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day. Monday students may mae up on Tuesday, May 27th or Sunday, May 31st.
Intro to Kiln Glass
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 12 - June 30/ 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, May 13 - July 1/ 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.
W2/3: Food & Pots
Mondays / 8 weeks, May 11 - June 29*** / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer / $240
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! Must have taken Wheel 1 or similar experience. *No Class Memorial Day, May 25th. Make-up class will be held Thursday, May 28th.
Mondays / 8 weeks, May 11 - June 29/ 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 for the Gardener
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, May 12 - June 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer/ $240
In this class students will create objects especially for the outdoors, just in time for spring! From planters to birdhouses, beautify your garden with the pieces you make over the next eight weeks. Bethany will guide students through the simple hand building techniques required for each project.
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: Form & Surface
Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 14 - July 2/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English / $240
Many of us tend to put a lot of energy into the process of making work, leaving surfacing and glazing as an afterthought. Start thinking about surface and decorating from the beginning of the making process. Students will learn to use faceting, fluting, carving, and slip decoration as ways to enhance their pieces and really marry the surfaces to the forms. A different shape will be introduced for each of the surfacing techniques explored in the class. Discovering which techniques work best for which forms, and having an idea of what the finished product should look like from the beginning, will bring your pottery to a whole new level of finish.
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 13 - Muly 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Mara Cakan / $240
Looking at Mara Cakan's pots, anyone could tell she was a designer. Ready 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 huge design brain to help you modify your pieces. If you're comfortable with your construction techniques, 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.
Portraiture on Clay
Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 14 - July 2 / 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.
Lithography Transfer on Clay
Thursdays / 8 weeks, May 14 - July 2 / 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.
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, May 13 - July 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark/ $250
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.