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Workshops and Classes

Autumn 2018-Spring 2019

 

   

Kids Making Ceramic Holiday Gifts

Instructors: The Hairy Potters-Chris & Beau

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Level: Kids 8-16: Tuition: $150; Materials: and tools supplied. 
(6-session class on Sat afternoons, noon-2 pm-limit 8 students)   
2019: Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 (Off Nov 30), Dec 7, 14.

Come and make holiday gifts for your loved ones or people you sort of like using slab and wheel methods.

 


Cost : $150 
(Saturdays) 12-2 pm


 

 

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Lost Wax Casting  


Instructor:   Are You Craft Jeweler? We are looking for an instructor for our jewelry department.

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. LW2 picks up at a later date 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.

To Be Announced

Lost Wax Casting Sessions

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Advanced Ceramics-Raku Fired

Instructors: Len Cockman & Beau Bilenki (the bald potters)

Level: Advanced. (8-week classes, Wed evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm-limit 8 students)  
Tuition $175; Materials: $30. Total: $205
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The Autumn of 2019 will bring a pottery class that will focus on Raku techniques. This class is geared toward students interested in various Raku firing techniques. Students with previous wheel throwing and hand-building will create clay forms utilizing any desired technique during weeks 1 through 4. Raku firings will take place during weeks 5 through 8. Each of the firing weeks we will focus on a specific technique. These being, clear crackle with tape resists, naked Raku slip, horsehair and feather, Copper Matte Alcohol Reduction

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2019:

Fall Session 1: Aug 28, Sep 4, 11, 18, 25, Oct  2, 9, 16;
Fall Session 2: Oct 23, 30, Nov 6, 13, 20 (Skip Nov 27),
Dec 4, 11, 18

2020

Winter 2020: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26;

Spring 2020:  Mar 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr 1, 8, 15, 22

 

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

Pinch Me, Burn Me, Blow Me Up Pottery !

Instructors: The Hairy Potters-Chris Heck & Beau Bilenki

 

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Level: Kids 8-16: Tuition: $150; Materials: and tools supplied. 
(6-session class on Sat afternoons, noon-2 pm-limit 8 students)  

Level: Kids 8-16. Tuition: $150; Materials and tools supplied.
(6-session classes -limit 8 students)

2020: Mar 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Apr 7 (Tues, 5-7 pm)

Students will learn how to make pinch pots, coil pots, slab work, use a fire cracker to blow up clay to make a pot and then finish up with a raku firing

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Make a Christmas Ornament or Tree Topper in Polymer Clay-(Currently Not Offered)

Instructor: Rhonda Whitledge

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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

2019 Christmas Ornament Fall:(Call to find out if start date has been adjusted)

Look for dates and details to be posted in the Autumn of 2019.

 

*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. 

Total: $80



 

 

(4-session classes) 2019:

Fall 2019 Session 1

Oct 1, 3, 8, 10;

Fall 2019 Session 2

Oct 22, 24, 29, 31

 Winter 2020 Session 1:

Feb 11, 13, 18, 20;

Winter 2020 Session 2:

Mar 3, 5, 10, 12

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(Tues & Ths 6:30-8:30 pm)



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

Stone Sculpture Sessions

 

 


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Sculpture - Sculpt a Lifelike Head in Polymer Clay

Instructor: Rhonda Whitledge

In four classes you will be walked through the process of creating an original head, approx 3" high, that would be ready to be mounted on a pedestal or doll body. During the process you will also learn insights for success when dealing with the unique qualities of polymer clay. The character you create will be entirely up to you with the only limitation that your creation must be based on human facial proportions, meaning you are free to create any form of fantasy character i.e. Queen of Dragons, Faerie, Wizard, Dwarf, etc. or you may wish to create a homage to a real person.

    

week #1 Building an armature / forming a basic head shape /Info about Clays
and Tools
week #2 Facial Proportions / Deciding on the Character you wish to create
week #3 Sculpting Fine Detail/ Creating Expression / Finishing touches
week #4 Painting Life into your Character / Applying Hair / *Body Talk*

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

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Level: Beginning; Tuition: $100; Materials: $35 ($135); Min of 3, max of 8 students.
Supplies included: armature stand, wooden sculpting tool, Cernit polymer clay (enough for 2 heads), printed handouts, assorted materials: paint, foil, masking tape, glue, etc. Students may need to supply their own hair material for class 4.


(4-day classes-Tues, 6:30-8:30 pm)


2019:

Fall Session 1:

Aug 6, 13, 20, 27;

Fall Session 2:

Sep 3, 10, 17, 24;

Fall Session 3:

Oct 8, 15, 22, 29;

Fall Session 4:

Nov 5, 12, 19 (Skip 26), Dec 3;

2020:

Winter Session 1:

Jan 7, 14, 21, 28;

Winter Session 2:

Feb 4, 11, 18, 25;

Spring Session 1:

Mar 10, 17, 24, 31;

Spring Session 2:

Apr 7, 14, 21, 28.

 

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

Level: Beginning

 

 


Tuition $100 plus $35 for materials

*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

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Level: All levels; Cost: $120

(3-week classes) 2019:

Fall Session 1: Oct 19, 26, Nov 2

Fall Session 2: Nov 9, 16, 23

Fall Session 3: Dec 7, 14, 21


(3-week classes) 2020:

Spring 1: Mar 7, 14, 21

Spring 2: Apr 4 (Skip Apr 11), 18, 25

(Saturdays) 12:30 pm - 4 pm  

Level: All

"Our first 3-week class will consist of learning to cut glass and decorate it using smaller pieces of glass.  At this point, you can cut glass for a wine bottle holder, bowl or plate.  If you have a wedding, birthday or party coming up, this is a terrific time to make that unique gift!  Next, I will help you drill a hole in your fused wine glass holder so you can complete decoration. Or, you can finish decorating your plate or bowl.  Finally, after I take it home and fire it for the third and last time, we will meet up back at Fire Arts Studio and talk about your piece and see if there is anything you might have done differently and you get to take it home!" Phyllis Crawley

 


 

$120: Instruction + Materials & Firing

2 Saturdays 12:30-4:00

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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

Level: Adult beginners; High school students welcome. 
Tuition: $150; Materials: $35 Total: $185
(8-session classes on Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm-limit 8 students) 

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This class is geared toward people interested in learning basic throwing techniques. Students will make functional pottery for everyday use. Students will have the option of making sculptural and hand-built forms. By the end of the class students will have ice cream bowls, coffee mugs, sandwich plates, and vases. During the last class session we will do an outdoor firing in the Raku technique utilizing the Soldner Clear crackle method.

Class Minimum: 4, Maximum 8

 

 

*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

2019:

Fall Session 1: Aug 26, (Skip Sep 2) Sep 9, 16, 23, 30,
Oct  7, 14, 21

Fall Session 2: Oct 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16;  

2020

Winter 2020: Jan 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24;

Spring 2020: Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr 6, 13, 20.

Session Choice





 

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 instructor, Jackie Carlson 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 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.

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Enamel a copper pendant

 

Class fee: $30.  Material fee: $15.

$45 total

Level: Beginning; Tuition: $30, Materials: $15: Total $45 

1 day class on Saturdays noon-4pm 

(1-day classes) 2019

Sep 21

Nov 16

(1-day classes) 2020:

Feb 15

Apr 18

*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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Mitsuro Hikime Wax-New Dates in May

 

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Mitsu(honey) ro(wax) hiki(drawing) me(texture) is an Japanese wax technique. The soft wax creates a bamboo leaf texture and detail that would be difficult to carve. You will be starting from scratch to create your own wax. You will be sculpting the wax into organic flowing forms and creating your choice of a pair of earrings, a pendant, or ring (there are size limitations). The instructors will cast your pieces into sterling silver. Completing the piece by filing and buffing to desired finish will be the focus of the final class session. Class of four to eight students. May 2019 (Saturdays) 5/11, 5/18, 6/1 from 12-5 pm.

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Class fee: $180

Material and Casting Fee: $100 (does not include metal for casting)

Total: $280

Three consecutive Saturdays starting May 11th, 2019 from 12-5pm

 

 

 

*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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Wire Wrap Jewelry II

Instructor: We are looking for an instructor for this class

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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.):

2019
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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


Level: All levels;
Tuition: $80; Materials: $40; Total: $120    
(One-session classes on the 2nd Saturday of each month, noon to 5 pm) 
2019: Sep 14; Oct 12; Nov 9; Dec 14,
2020: Jan 11; Feb 8; Mar 14; Apr 11; May 9, Jun 13  
ss fee: $80 + $40 for Materials

$120 Total

One day classes
Saturdays: 12 - 5 p.m
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2019 Spring: 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.

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Copper Enameling-Dish or Electric Faceplate

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

Copper Bowl

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Your instructor, Jackie Carlson 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 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.

Level: Beginning


Class fee: $50.  Material fee: $25.

Total $75

(1-day classes) Fall 2019:

Oct 5

Dec 7

(1-day classes) Spring 2020:

Mar 21

May 16 

*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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Silversmithing 1

Instructor: Are you an experience craft jeweler? Are you qualified to teacher this class? Contact us please.

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
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*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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Silvermithing II

Instructor:

Are you an experience craft jeweler? Are you qualified to teacher this class? Contact us please.

Ring

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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

 

 

 

*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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Outdoor Cement Sculpture

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

 

Cement Sculpture
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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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Functional & Sculptural Pottery -
The Next Level

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

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This class will be tailored to each participant's level and sculptural interests, as they continue their creative efforts with functional or sculptural ceramics. Use hand-building, direct modeling and wheel-throwing techniques. Everything from realistic portraiture to fanciful creatures will be options. The intent is to end up with a completed and fired clay sculpture. Participants should have a working knowledge of clay techniques. 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

Wednesdays 1:30-4:30 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

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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

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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.

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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

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


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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.