Workshops and Classes

SPRING 2018

 

Make a Sterling Silver Ring   

Instructor: Angela Cheak   

Silver Rings

Make a sterling silver ring with a semi-precious gemstone.  Learn to work with silver soldering, sawing and setting a stone, to have a finished piece you’ve created yourself.  All materials and tools will be provided. 


Cost : $160 

2-day classes
(Sat) 12-3 pm


2018
To be scheduled

 

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Random Silver Casting  


Instructor:  Angela Cheak   

Casting

This is a chance to transform your old silver jewelry into new custom pieces.  Learn to direct cast into several different media for unusual organic shapes.  Choose between earrings or pendant. 

Includes a brief lesson in soldering.  

Cost: $60

Saturday 1-3 pm


2018
TBA

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Advanced Wheel Throwing with Caryn

Instructor: Caryn Wixom Kuhn

Caryn studied at Earlham College where she received a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Ceramics. She did an Artist in Residency from 2011-2012 at Pendle Hill in Philadelphia, Penn., where she made gourd figures out of clay. While in Tennessee, she studied alternative firing methods, like Raku, with Bill Capshaw at the Oak Ridge Art Center. 

Vase

Improve pottery wheel throwing skills in this intermediate level class. Learn how to make large vases, bottles, lidded jars and handles. Includes basic tutorial in glaze mixing and kiln loading. On the last class we will burnish a pot, do an alternative firing and decorate it with horse hair.


8 Week class
6-9 pm
Cost: $210 includes material & firing

 

2018 - Wednesday nights
Jan 10, 17,24,31, Feb 7, 21,28, Mar 7
Mar 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9


While enrolled in this class you will have additional open studio time available during regular business hours.

Wire Wrap Mini Gem Tree

Instructor: Fr. Larry Calhoun

Tree

Mini trees (approximately 5-6 inches tall) are made with Apple blossom shells to make some 50 tri-petal flowers with a Swarovski crystal in the center and 7-8 green petals as accents.

The student has the choice of the following: Ceramic tile base or a Brazilian agate base; brass, nickel or black wire for tree; felt pads on the bottom; glues — Superglue with UV hardener; Epoxy; and a choice of various chips at the tree base. There are some other items that may be added if time allows.

Minimum 2 students

Level: Beginning students
Tuition $50 plus $30 for materials
One day class Saturday Noon-4

2018
Oct 22



 

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Make a Felted Creature

Instructor: Kirsten Hagaman

Gnome

Gnome

2018 TBA

 

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

2018 TBA


Tuition $40 including materials

1-day sessions, Saturdays noon to 3 p.m.


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Stone Sculpture Workshop

Instructors: (Stone Carving Group) Dick Trench, Doug Barton, John Hagen, William Healy

Sculpture

With step-by-step instruction, you  will be utilizing hand tools to complete a small stone sculpture.  All materials will be included. 

Level: All skill levels

Class fee: $60.  Material fee: $20. 



 

 

 



4-session workshops
(T & Th) 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 

2018
Jan 10, 12, 17, 19
Feb 7, 9, 14, 16
Mar 7, 9, 14, 16

 


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Sculpture - Original Doll Head in Polymer Clay

Instructor: Rhonda Whitledge

Rhonda has been developing her skills in creating art dolls
for about 45 years, being self-taught, as well as taking classes from Tuck Langland,
Faith Wick and Wendy Froud.
She has explored mediums
as diverse as bread dough, soft sculpture and bronze, designed,
designed patterns for soft sculpture and taught creative
techniques to kindergartners through adults.

Old Cron of Spring

"Old Crone of Spring", by Rhonda Whitledge won Best of Show at Fire Arts' 2016 juried show.

Rhonda

 

 

 

Level: Beginning

Minimum 3 students, Maximum of 8

 


Tuition $100 plus $35 for materials

4 class sessions
Tues 6:30-8:30

2018
Mar 6, 13, 20, 27


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Fused Glass


Instructor: Phylis Crawley



Fused Glass

Level: Beginning

1st week: Make glass elements from glass rods, stringers, and lengths of glass using a torch and tweezers or in some cases, a candle.
2nd week: Put it all together for that final project. You will learn how to cut glass, put it together, fire and slump it. I will have examples, and if you are interested, just Google "fused glass."

Projects will not be defined; most of you have in mind what you want to make. If you have a specific design idea and want to call me about it, Fire Arts will be glad to give you my phone number. If there is a way to make it in the allotted time, we will!


 

$120: Instruction + Materials & Firing

2 Saturdays 12:30-4:00


2018
Mar 3 &10; Apr 14 & 21; May 5 & 12

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Functional & Raku Fired Ceramics

Instructor: Len Cockman

B.A. Art Ed, Baldwin-Wallace College
M.A., Secondary Ed, Indiana University
High School studio art teaching experience: 26 years

Len Cockman

Len Cockman

Functional pottery for everyday use or sculptural, hand-built: pinch, coil, slab and wheel throwing for beginners and advanced.  Beginners, including teenagers, are very, very welcome. Includes glazing basics.

Class Minimum: 4, Maximum 6

Class Fee: $150
Materials, firing, and glazes: $35


8 week sessions.

Mondays 6:30-8:30 PM


 






2018

1st Session: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26

2nd Session: Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23

While enrolled in this class you will have additional open studio time available during regular business hours.

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Enamel a Copper Pendant

Instructors: Jackie Carlson (one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists), and Angela Cheak

Copper Pendant
Enamel a copper pendant

 

Class fee: $30.  Material fee: $15.

1-day workshop
(Sat., 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.)

 

2018
Feb 19 ; Apr 28

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Wire Wrap Jewelry I

Instructor: Fr. Larry Calhoun

Pendant

Basic techniques for wire wrapping stones and beads is a hands-on class.  Techniques taught include the basic loop, spiral coil cage and free form wrapped pendant with wrapped bail. Gauges and properties of wire will be discussed.  Wire used is 14K gold filled.  All necessary tools furnished. 
Level: Beginning

 

Class fee: $50; Material fee: $30. 

Choice of 2-day workshops
(Tues & Thurs, 6:30-8:30)

 

 

2018
Jan 16 & 18 ; Feb 6 & 8; Mar 13 & 15



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Wire Wrap Jewelry II

Instructor: Fr. Larry Calhoun

Ring

Prerequisite: Wire Wrap Jewelry, Beginning I.  Expand your basic wire wrapping skills to a new level.  You will make a bracelet and a semi-precious stone set ring using 14K gold filled wire.  All necessary tools furnished. 
 

Class fee: $50.  Material fee: $30. 

Choice of Two 2-day workshops
(Tues & Thurs, 6:30-8:30 p.m.):

2018
Feb 20 & 22; Apr 3 & 5

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Glass Beads

Instructor: Diane Gram

Glass Bead Making
Lampworking is the art to create glass beads with a flame and glass rods using varied techniques.  A number of beads will be made.


This is a must class for “beaders.”  Imagine how your jewelry will look with beads that you have created.
Beads


Class fee: $80 + $40 for Materials
One day classes
Saturdays: 12 - 5 p.m.

 

2018
Jan 20; Feb 17; Mar 17, Apr 7, May 19; Jun 16

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Copper Enameling-Dish or Electric Faceplate

Instructor: Jackie Carlson (one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists) and Angela Cheak

Copper Bowl

Electric face plates

Pick from several small copper bowls, dishes,or electrical faceplate and learn how to clean the metal, sift the powdered enamel and use glass frit and paint to decorate your piece.
 

Class fee: $50.  Material fee: $25.

1-day workshop
(Sat., 12 – 4 p.m.)

2018
Feb 17; Mar 24

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Below are Classes not offered at this time, let us know if any would interest you



Sterling Silver Pendant

Instructor: Doug Kile, Artist in Residence

Pendant

Learn how to work with sterling silver. Students will complete a sterling silver pendant with a semi-precious stone while being introduced to the basic elements of silversmithing: cutting, sawing, torch soldering and finishing methods. All necessary tools furnished. Class is limited to four students, giving you one-on-one attention.

 

Class fee: $125. Material fee: $35 (depending on silver prices).

3-day class (Mon to Wed)

6:30-8:30 pm

 



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Silver II

Instructor: Doug Kile, Artist in Residence

Ring

Student Ring

Prerequisite: Silver I. Expand our basic silversmithing skills and gain confidence in soldering, cutting, sawing and finishing. Complete a pendant with fancy trim or a ring with trim. Cabochon will be a standard size or free form. All necessary tools furnished. Class is limited to four students, giving you one-on-one attention.

Class fee: $125. Material fee: $25 (depending on silver prices).

3-day class
(Mon., Tues. & Wed., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

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Outdoor Cement Sculpture

Instructor: Beau Bilenki, one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists

 

Cement Sculpture
Beau Bilenki

 

 

You will learn how to crate an outdoor cement sculpture up to about 4 feet high using steel lath, rebar, and cement. Additional supplies will be extra.

 

 

 

Class fee: $150.  Material fee: $30. 

Sun, 1:00 - 3:00 pm, 8 week session

Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

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Silversmithing for Teens

Instructor: Angela Cheak, Artist in Residence

Angela Class Sample

 

 

This is a class for teens ages 13 and up. Make a two-toned sterling silver broken heart or
flower ring with copper or brass accent. Learn to saw, shape and use a torch.

Level: Beginning
Tuition: $100
Materials: $30
(Scholarships are available)

12:30 pm – 3 pm (Sat)

Functional & Sculptural Pottery -
The Next Level

Instructor: Yvonne Desrosiers, one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists

Duetasaurus

Yvonne Desrosiers
Duetasaurus

This class will be tailored to each participant's level as they continue their creative efforts with function-al or sculptural ceramics. Use hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. Follow-up to our Introductory class. Teenagers through adults are welcome. The $35 materials fee will provide 50 lbs of stoneware clay, glazing and firing fees.

Class Minimum: 4, Maximum 6

 

Class Fee: $150
Materials, firing, and glazes: $35



8 week session

Fridays 12:30-2:30 PM


Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

While enrolled in this class you will have additional open studio time available during regular business hours.

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Pottery for Children

Instructor: Barbara Goldfarb

Barbara taught after-school ceramics for children at Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School in Chicago and has done her own ceramic work at various locations, including Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. She was an ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher in the New Jersey school system and is also a dance/movement therapist.
Pottery for children: Using hand-building techniques of pinch, coil, and slab. There will be an introduction to wheel throwing. The class is for children grades 4 through 8. There are no studio time hours for children's classes.

Class Minimum: 4, Maximum 6
Level: All skill levels

Class Fee: $75
Materials, firing, and glazes: $25


4 week session

Wednesday 4:15-5:45 PM

Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

While enrolled in this class you will have additional open studio time available during regular business hours.

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Sculpture - Mold making

Instructor: Julie Nieses, one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists

Julie Mold making



Creating a simple rubber mold for casting small-medium sized pieces (a life sized portrait head or small animal.)
Please bring the piece you want to work with on the first day of class.

Minimum 3 students, Maximum 5

Level: Beginning students
Tuition $100 plus $145 for materials

4 Saturday sessions 12:30-4:30 pm


Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

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Model the Portrait Head

Instructor: Tuck Langland, one of Fire Arts' Founding Artists

Portrait Sculpture

Joe Kernan
Tuck Langland

This class will work from a live model and examine that most mysterious and wonderful part of the human form -- the head and face. We will study anatomy, likeness, techniques of modeling, and artistic elements of the bust. Through demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on work with Tuck, you will create a life-size or near life-size head, ready for casting.

Tuck Teaching

Class fee: $200; Materials: $50 -- includes armature,
clay and model fee

One 4-session workshop
(Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.; doors are open earlier):

You will have additional open studio time available during regular business hours while in the workshop.

Participants may also create a rubber mold and wax cast during the months before the next class, and then cast the head in bronze in February. An artist at Fire Arts will help you with the process for an additional fee.

Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.


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Papier Mâché

Instructor: Sandy Ridge

Pinatta



Sandy has 10 years of experience making paper mâché sculpture and piñatas including this one for the "Morning Show"


Clinton



Learn basic paper mâché sculpture techniques while creating a fun Halloween decoration
or prop.

Level: All skill levels

Class fee: $125,  Material fee: $25

5 Sessions
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 PM


Not Offered at this time, please let us know if this would interest you.

 

 

Classes

 

Please let us know if there is something else you would like to explore.