Adult Classes are for beginning through advanced students, with individualized instruction based on student’s interests. Basic and advanced wheel throwing techniques will be covered. Techniques for making a variety of forms such as 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.
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Information for Prospective Students
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. Choose from a wide range of beautiful glazes; we have thirty exceptional high-fire reduction glazes, from deep cobalt blues to dramatic copper reds. Maximum class size is fourteen students. Beginners and advanced students work alongside each other, so you’ll have plenty of inspiration.
Why Choose Us?
- Adult Classes
- Small class sizes – fourteen students or less
- Over 30 gorgeous high-fire reduction glazes
- Frequent firings – consistently excellent results
- Superbly maintained studio
- Individualized instruction in an artist’s studio
- Make-up classes available
- Day and evening classes
- Dedicated trim wheels with Giffen Grips
- Your pots are dried to leather hard for you.
- Personal clay storage
- Low fees
- Great quality, twice pugged, Grolleg porcelain clay
- A secure environment for you and your pots
- South Side location
Dan and Donna are full-time professional potters and certified teachers. They make a varied and extensive body of work which has been exhibited in hundreds of galleries. Dacey Haughwout has been a professional potter for 5 years. Bryce Hemington, MFA Ceramics, and Garick Tai-Lee, MFA Ceramics have both recently joined our teaching team.
There are six terms that run one after the other, without a break between terms, all year long, except for a two week break in August.
|Term 3||The week of April 24th 2017||8 Weeks|
|Term 4||The week of June 19th 2017||8 Weeks|
|Term 5||The week of August 28th 2017||8 Weeks|
|Term 6||The week of October 23rd 2017||8 Weeks|
|Term 1||The week of January 8th 2018||8 Weeks|
|Term 2||The week of March 3rd 2018||8 Weeks|
|10/23/17||Monday evening||6:30p.m.-9:30 p.m.||8 Weeks||Dacey|
|10/24/17||Tuesday morning||9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.||8 Weeks||Garick|
|10/24/17||Tuesday evening||6:30p.m.-9:30 p.m.||8 Weeks||Dacey|
|10/25/17||Wednesday morning||9:30a.m.-12:30 p.m.||8 Week||Dacey|
|10/25/17||Wednesday evening||6:30p.m.-9:30 p.m.||8 Weeks||Bryce|
|10/26/17||Thursday evening||6:30p.m.-9:30 p.m.||8 Weeks||Dacey|
Classes meet once a week. For example, if you are in the Tuesday evening class, you come for 3 hours every Tuesday night for eight consecutive weeks. There will be a mix of new and continuing students in most classes, so we constantly review the basics as well as introduce new and advanced techniques.
Stephanie Tracy, 5 stars Facebook, Mar 11, 2016
I have been lucky to learn under the wing of Dan Vito, and it has turned a hobby into a passion. His glazes are unparalleled. The shop is full of beautiful work, which I have purchased, and his studio full of fun and learning. I couldn’t be happier with my time spent at Fireborn. MORE REVIEWS…
There is a 3 tiered price structure. For an 8 week term, new students pay $290. 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 with out a break, there is a $40 discount. BUT, to get the $40 discount, your deposit MUST be paid before mid-term. Otherwise you only get a $20 discount, the same as “returning” students.
We try to be flexible. If you have to miss a class, you may attend a class on another day of the week, space permitting. (For example, if you regularly attend Tuesday’s class, you can make up on a Thursday). You will need to fit your make-up classes within your eight week term. Click here to schedule a make-up and if you will miss a class, click here to tell us.
Fireborn may cancel or postpone classes if minimum enrollment is not attained, in which case deposits will be refunded. If students cancel within three days before the start of class, a $75 cancellation fee will be charged. Once classes have started, and before the second class begins, students may withdraw, but a $125 withdrawal fee will be charged. No refund will be given after the second class. Click here for cancelations due to weather conditions.
Twenty five pounds of clay is included in tuition. If additional clay is needed, it costs $15 for 10 pounds. The clay used is Grolleg porcelain. Glazes and firing are included in the price of clay.
Supplies You Should Bring
You should bring a towel. I sell every thing else you will need… tool kit, brush and bucket… which you can buy on the first day of class, and cost $15, $4 and $3 respectively. I recommend you get the brush and tool kit from me, as they are good quality. Brushes are used for slip, waxing and glazing. The bucket should be one gallon or less and, if you want, you can use an old milk jug with the top cut off. Wear a short-sleeved shirt. Aprons are optional. Clay easily washes out of clothing. Some glaze materials will stain.
Class 1, you make a pot. By class 2, it will be dry enough to trim and sign. When the pots are fully dried (in another 5 to 7 days), they are ready for the the bisque firing, which takes 9 hours and goes to 1900 degrees F . After that, your pot is 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.
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, throwing and trimming 8:30 glazing 9:15 clean-up 9:30 out the door
- Plates and Platters
- Pie, Quiche, and Soufflé
- Small bowls
- Tea-bowls and Unomi
- Rice bowls
- Large bowls
- Small Bowls
- Cups and Mugs
- Flowerpots, Utensil Holders
- Honey Pots, Garlic Keepers
- Jars and Canisters
- Lids, Handles, and Knobs
- Surface Design and Texture
- Altered Forms
We do offer private lessons. Click here for more information.