Funke Fired Arts (to be Queen City Clay in January) 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: January 11 - March 6
- 12 week session: January 11 - April 3rd
Intro to Handbuilding
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 13 - March 2/ 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. 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 11 - February 29 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $240
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 12 - March 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer / $240
Sundays / 8 weeks, January 17 - March 6/ 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 12 - March 1 / 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!
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 14 - March 3/ 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.
Mondays / 8 weeks, January 11 - February 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.
Wheel 2: Technique
Mondays / 8 weeks, January 11 - February 29/ 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English/ $240
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 14 - March 3/ 10:00 - 12:00 with Ben Clark/ $240
Saturdays / 8 weeks, January 16 - March 5/ 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.
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 12 - March 1 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bonnie Mitchell/ $250
Sgraffito comes from the Italian work graffiare, meaning "to scratch". Our guest instructor this session is Bonnie Mitechell, a local artist who utilizes the sgraffito technique to show expression in her art. Bonnie's inspiration comes from her love of animals and nature and her images explain something about their interaction with the human environment. Bonnie will show students how she uses the sgraffito technique through underglaze, revealing a contrasting color when the clay body is exposed. Students will learn how to apply the sgraffito technique to different forms, working on a new shape each week.
Wheel 3: Advanced Techniques
Tuesdays / 8 weeks, January 12 - March 1 / 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!
Food & Pots: Main Course
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 13 - March 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Bethany Kramer / $240
In this twist on our typical Food & Pots class we are going to focus in on the main course! Students will pick a recipe and create a piece to compliment that dish. Main course dishes include trays, platters, casseroles, likked forms, and serving bowls. We'll also make ceramic utensils to go along with your dish and end the class with a feast! Look for this class to show up throughout the year with a different focus each time. The next two will be appetizers/desserts and soups/salads. By the end of the year there will be a complete 2016 cookbook with photos and recipes from all of the classes.
Wheel 3: Sets
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 14 - March 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Michael English / $240
Sets class will focus first and foremost on repetition throwing. Students will learn several techniques used to ensure consistency in both form and size. Additionally the class will explore decorative practices and surface techniques that can further advance the cohesive quality of their sets. Each student can expect to create four piece dinnerware place settings, as well as a small scale formal set for tea, coffee, whiskey, or whatever else they may choose.
Wheel 3: Porcelain
Wednesdays / 8 weeks, January 13 - March 2 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Ben Clark / $240
The time has come to learn how to dry throw porcelain. This class will work on advanced shapes that push our clay bodies to the limit. Every technique we use with porcelain will also help your stoneware throwing so participants don't have to use the dreaded porcelain if they choose not to. Bring your ribs and NO CAFFEINE before class!
Painting with Glazes
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 14 - March 3 / 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.
Ceramic & Light
Thursdays / 8 weeks, January 14 - March 3 / 6:30 - 8:30 with Kat Correll/ $240
Open to wheel throwers and handbuilders alike! Imagine incorporating candles or electric lighting into your ceramic creations. Make forms to house candles, tea lights, string lights, light bulbs, battery operated push lights, etc. Some wheel throwing or handbuilding experience required.