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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Lost Wax Casting 1 & 2 


Instructor:  Angela Cheak   

Casting

Prerequisite: Must have taken Silversmithing 1and/or 2, or have previous instructor approved experience.

Learn to vacuum cast..   Students will begin a project in Lost Wax 1 by creating a piece in wax and will complete it in Lost Wax 2 by preparing it for and completing the vacuum casting and finishing processes. LW1 consists of 4 weekly Saturday sessions in the Fall. LW2 picks up in January with another series of four weekly Saturday sessions.

 

Cost: $250 tuition, $80 Materials for a total of $330 four class session.

Saturdays: 12pm -5 pm

*Give us a call (574-282-2787) before registering for a class to confirm that there is still room available for additional students. * Many of our classes fill weeks in advance and teachers need to know how students will be in the class so they can order supplies accordingly. You should register at least one week before the first class meets. Call with additional questions. Your payment and registration is a contract. Fire Arts is not liable when you miss a class. If an instructor needs to reschedule a class, that will be negotiated with the students.

Lost Wax Casting Sessions


Lost Wax Casting 1: Oct. 27,Nov.3,10,17, 2018

Lost Wax Casting 2: Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb.2, 2019


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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 - Not currently scheduled


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

Wire Wrap Mini Gem Tree

Instructor: We are looking for an instructor for this class.

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

 



 

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Make a Christmas Ornament or Tree Topper in Polymer Clay-Offered just once in 2018.

Instructor: Rhonda Whitledge

GreenMan

Level: Beginning;

Maximum of 10 students ( Workshop consists of three 1-evening classes)

Create an original Christmas ornament in polymer clay. Your instructor, Rhonda Whitledge will show you how to sculpt a very basic head on a wire that can attach to either an angel or maybe an elf body. A pattern will be available for the body.

 

 

 

 


Tuition: $25; Materials: $5

Total: $30

2018 Christmas Ornament Fall:

Nov 8 (Tues); Nov 20 (Ths); Dec 4 (Tues); 6:30 – 8:30 pm

*Give us a call (574-282-2787) before registering for a class to confirm that there is still room available for additional students. * Many of our classes fill weeks in advance and teachers need to know how students will be in the class so they can order supplies accordingly. You should register at least one week before the first class meets. Call with additional questions. Your payment and registration is a contract. Fire Arts is not liable when you miss a class. If an instructor needs to reschedule a class, that will be negotiated with the students.

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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 Fall Stone Sculpture Session 1: Oct.9, 11, 16, 18

2018 Fall Stone Sculpture Session 2: Nov.6, 8,13,15

2019 Winter Stone Sculpture Session: Jan. 8, 10,15,17

2019 Spring Stone Sculpture Session: Mar.12,14,19, 21

*Give us a call (574-282-2787) before registering for a class to confirm that there is still room available for additional students. * Many of our classes fill weeks in advance and teachers need to know how students will be in the class so they can order supplies accordingly. You should register at least one week before the first class meets. Call with additional questions. Your payment and registration is a contract. Fire Arts is not liable when you miss a class. If an instructor needs to reschedule a class, that will be negotiated with the students.

Stone Sculpture Sessions

 

 


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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

 

 

Award winning sculptor, Rhonda Whitledge guides you through the polymer clay sculpting process.

Level: Beginning

Create an original fantasy doll bust between 4-5 inches tall. Think fairy, pixie, mermaid, Green Man, elf, goblin, Ent, Wood Nymph, etc. Features for each doll will be based upon real human proportions that you will exaggerate to transform each face into an original fantasy character. Students will have the option to mount the bust on a stand or body on their own. Materials fee covers a large block of polymer clay, armature wire, aluminum foil, wooden eyeballs, acrylic paint, assorted painting supplies

 


Tuition $100 plus $35 for materials

Each session consists of 4 classes
Tues 6:30-8:30

2018 Fall 1-Sculpt Doll Head: Sep 6, 13, 20, 27 (Thur)

2018 Fall 2-Sculpt Doll Head: Oct 9, 16, 23, 30 (Tues);

2019 Spring 1: Mar 5, 12, 19, 26 (Tues);

*Give us a call (574-282-2787) before registering for a class to confirm that there is still room available for additional students. * Many of our classes fill weeks in advance and teachers need to know how students will be in the class so they can order supplies accordingly. You should register at least one week before the first class meets. Call with additional questions. Your payment and registration is a contract. Fire Arts is not liable when you miss a class. If an instructor needs to reschedule a class, that will be negotiated with the students.

Sculpt Doll Head Sessions
 

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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
TBA

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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. Please wait to register until actual dates are listed.

Class Minimum: 4, Maximum 6

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

 

 

 

*Give us a call (574-282-2787) before registering for a class to confirm that there is still room available for additional students. * Many of our classes fill weeks in advance and teachers need to know how students will be in the class so they can order supplies accordingly. You should register at least one week before the first class meets. Call with additional questions. Your payment and registration is a contract. Fire Arts is not liable when you miss a class. If an instructor needs to reschedule a class, that will be negotiated with the students.

8 week sessions.

Mondays 6:30-8:30 PM



 

Session Choice





2018 Functional Ceramics Fall Session 1:

Aug. 20,27; Sept.3, 10,17,24; Oct. 1,8

2018 Functional Ceramics Fall Session 2:

 

Oct. 15,22,29; Nov.5,12,19,26; Dec.3

Spring 2019 Session:TBA


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

Your instructors, Jackie Carlson and Angela Cheak will guide you through the process of creating your own unique enameled pendant. You will start with a pre-cut copper pendant shape and by using powdered glass, glass frits and enamel paints, you will learn to decorate your pendant. Jackie and Angela then will guide you through the stages of the firing process.. Before you leave, they will help you attach your completed pendant to its necklace. Each attendee will be able to wear their creation at the end of this three hour workshop. Make a pendant for yourself or as a gift for someone special. All materials will be provided.
Call us at 574-282-2787 to reserve your spot in this one afternoon workshop. The ticket link will provide you with a printable registration form to bring in with your registration fee Paying ahead guarantees your slot in the class which is very limited in size.

Copper Pendant
Enamel a copper pendant

 

Class fee: $30.  Material fee: $15.

$45 total

1-day workshops
(Saturdays., 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

2018 Fall Copper Enameling Pendant: Sept.8, Oct.13, Dec. 8

2019 Spring Copper Enameling Pendant: March 9, May 19

*Give us a call (574-282-2787) before registering for a class to confirm that there is still room available for additional students. * Many of our classes fill weeks in advance and teachers need to know how students will be in the class so they can order supplies accordingly. You should register at least one week before the first class meets. Call with additional questions. Your payment and registration is a contract. Fire Arts is not liable when you miss a class. If an instructor needs to reschedule a class, that will be negotiated with the students.

Copper Enameled Pendant Sessions


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Wire Wrap Jewelry I

Instructor: We are looking for an instructor for this class.

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
TBA



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Wire Wrap Jewelry II

Instructor: We are looking for an instructor for this class

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
TBA

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Glass Beads

Instructor: Diane Gram

Glass Bead Making
Lampworking is the art of creating glass beads with a flame and glass rods using varied techniques.  Participants will make a variety of beads.


This is a must-do class for aspiring “beaders.”  Imagine how your jewelry will look with your unique beads.
Beads


Class fee: $80 + $40 for Materials

$120 Total


One day classes
Saturdays: 12 - 5 p.m
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2018 Fall/Winter: Sept.22,Oct.27,Nov.24,Dec.22

2019 Winter/Spring: Jan.26, Feb.23, Mar. 23, Apr.27, May 25

*Give us a call (574-282-2787) before registering for a class to confirm that there is still room available for additional students. * Many of our classes fill weeks in advance and teachers need to know how students will be in the class so they can order supplies accordingly. You should register at least one week before the first class meets. Call with additional questions. Your payment and registration is a contract. Fire Arts is not liable when you miss a class. If an instructor needs to reschedule a class, that will be negotiated with the students.

Choose Class Date

 

2018
TBA

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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

 

 

 

Your instructors, Jackie Carlson and Angela Cheak will guide you through the process of creating your own unique enameled bowl or faceplate. You will start with a pre-cut and shaped copper forms and by using powdered glass, glass frits and enamel paints, you will learn to decorate your chosen project. Jackie and Angela then will guide you through the stages of the firing process. Each attendee will be able to take home their creation at the end of this three hour workshop. All materials will be provided.


Class fee: $50.  Material fee: $25.

Total $75

1-day workshops
(Saturdays
, 12 – 4 p.m.)

2018 Fall Copper Enameling Dish or Faceplate:

Sept. 29, Nov.24

2019 Winter/Spring Copper Enameling Dish or Faceplate:

Feb.2, Apr. 13

*Give us a call (574-282-2787) before registering for a class to confirm that there is still room available for additional students. * Many of our classes fill weeks in advance and teachers need to know how students will be in the class so they can order supplies accordingly. You should register at least one week before the first class meets. Call with additional questions. Your payment and registration is a contract. Fire Arts is not liable when you miss a class. If an instructor needs to reschedule a class, that will be negotiated with the students.

Small Dish Sessions


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Silversmithing 1

Instructor: Angela Cheak, 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. Students must be registered one week prior to the 1st day of class, to insure correct supply orders.

 

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

$160 Total

3-day class (Tuesdays)

6:00-8:30 pm

Fall Session SS1: Sept. 11,18, & 25

(must be enrolled by 9/3/18)

Spring Session 2019 SS1: Mar. 5,12, 19

(must be enrolled by 02/25/19)

*Give us a call (574-282-2787) before registering for a class to confirm that there is still room available for additional students. * Many of our classes fill weeks in advance and teachers need to know how students will be in the class so they can order supplies accordingly. You should register at least one week before the first class meets. Call with additional questions. Your payment and registration is a contract. Fire Arts is not liable when you miss a class. If an instructor needs to reschedule a class, that will be negotiated with the students.

Silversmithing 1 Sessions
 

 



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Silvermithing II

Instructor: Angela Cheak, 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. Students must be registered one week prior to the 1st day of class to insure correct supply orders.

 

 

 

Class fee: $125. Material fee: $35

(depending on silver prices). $160 Total

 

3-day class
(Tuesdays., 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.)

SS2 Fall Session: Oct. 2,9,11, 2018

(must be enrolled by 9/24/18)

 

SS2 Spring 2019 Session: April 3,10,17

(must be enrolled by 3/25/19)

 

*Give us a call (574-282-2787) before registering for a class to confirm that there is still room available for additional students. * Many of our classes fill weeks in advance and teachers need to know how students will be in the class so they can order supplies accordingly. You should register at least one week before the first class meets. Call with additional questions. Your payment and registration is a contract. Fire Arts is not liable when you miss a class. If an instructor needs to reschedule a class, that will be negotiated with the students.

Silversmithing 2: Sessions
 

 



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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: We are looking for an instructor for this class.


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

 

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