Prospective Student Information

Pottery classes for adults

Class Description

Adult Classes are for beginning through advanced students, with individualized instruction based on students’ interests. Basic and advanced wheel throwing techniques will be covered. 

Techniques for making a variety of forms such as mugs, plates, bowls, vases, pitchers, and teapots will be demonstrated. Textured and altered forms will be explored, as well as a variety of glazing and decorating techniques. Understanding and control of the materials and craft will enable you to design and develop your own style.

Beginning students usually produce from one to three pots per day. When finished, all pots are food safe and usable in a microwave, dishwasher or oven.

Studio Work Flow

Every class you make pots. By class 2, the pots from week one will be dry enough to trim and sign. When those pots are fully dry, they are ready for the bisque firing, which takes 9 hours and goes to 1900 degrees F . After that, your pots are called “bisqueware.” Prior to the bisque firing, pots will dissolve in water. After the bisque, they will not dissolve. On the fourth week of class, the pots you made during week one and trimmed on week two will be bisqued and ready to wax and glaze. After glazing, your pots are fired a second time to 2400 degrees F. That firing takes 18 hours to heat up and 18 hours to cool down. When finished, your porcelain pottery will be safe to use in an oven, microwave, and dishwasher. Each week, you make new pots, trim pots from the previous week, and glaze your bisque ware.

Why choose Us

  • Small class sizes
  • Over 30 gorgeous high-fire reduction glazes
  • Instruction by professional potters
  • Frequent firings – consistently excellent results
  • Superbly maintained studio
  • Individualized instruction in an artist’s studio
  • Day and evening classes
  • Your pots are dried to leather hard for you.
  • Great quality Grolleg porcelain imported form England
  • Personal clay storage
  • Low fees
  • A secure environment for you and your pots

Class Schedule

Six terms per year, Eight classes Per Term

Term A starts January 3, 2021
Term B starts March 1
Term C starts April 26
Term D starts June 21
Term E starts August 23
Term F starts October 18

Classes are Monday Evening 6:30 – 9:30
Tuesday Morning 9:30 – 12:30
Tuesday Evening 6:30 – 9:30
Wednesday Morning 9:30 – 12:30
Wednesday Evening 6:30 – 9:30
Thursday Evening 9:30 – 12:30

Glazes for Students

We have over 30 beautiful glazes and glaze combinations that number in the hundreds. These glazes represent a lifetime of research and experimentation.

At Fireborn, we have a vested interest in beautiful glazes because we use them on our own pottery. You benefit directly from our hard work and knowledge.

OUR GLAZES

EXQUISITE CHOICES AND LOTS OF THEM
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A Typical Class Schedule

6:30 to 6:45 – set up/new student orientation
6:45 to 7:15 – demonstrations (see below)
7:15 to 8:30 – individual help with throwing and trimming
8:30 to 9:15 – glazing
9:15 to 9:30 – clean-up

Typical Demonstrations

Plates and Platters
Pie, Quiche, and Soufflé
Small bowls
Teabowls and Unomi
Rice bowls
Large Bowl Variations
Mugs
Various Mug Handle Techniques
Flowerpots, Utensil Holders
Lids
Honey Pots, Garlic Keepers
Jars and Canisters
Handles and Knobs for Lids
Surface Design and Texture
Alternate Lips and Feet
Casseroles
Teapots
Altered Forms
Trimming
Critical analysis
Glaze application

How to Enroll

Tuition for an 8-week class

A deposit of $100 will secure your space in a class. We suggest you sign-up well before the term starts because classes sometimes fill a month in advance.

Balances are due the Wednesday before your term starts. We will send you a reminder email when balances are due.

The balance will depend on which category you are in. There is a 3-tiered price structure. For an 8-week term, new students pay $300. For students not currently enrolled but who have previously taken classes at Fireborn (returning students), there is a $20 discount. For currently enrolled students who are rolling over into the next term without a break (continuing students), there is a $40 discount. All payments must be made online.

Things To Bring to class

You will need a toolkit, bucket and brush ($25) which you can buy online and pick up on the first day of class. You will also need an old hand towel and medium-size clean-up sponge.

Make-Up Policy

We do not offer make-up classes. However, students who miss one or more classes within a term should consider signing up for Open Studio. There is no instruction during Open Studio, but it is a great way to get in extra practice.

CANCELLATIONS, WITHDRAWALS & REFUNDS

The balance must be paid online by the Wednesday before the term begins or you will lose your spot and there will be no refund of your deposit. If students withdraw within 8 to 15 days of the start of class, a $50 withdrawal fee will be charged. After that a $100 withdrawal fee will be charged. However, once classes have started there will be no refunds at all. There are no refunds for students who need to self-quarantine. Stay safe!! See complete terms.

Other Offerings

Private Lessons

We offer private lessons for groups up to 5 people. 

Workshops

We occasionally offer workshops on Sundays from 10:00 to 1:00.

Saturday Open Studio

We offer Saturday open studio from 12:00 to 4:00 for currently enrolled students. 

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