Classes & Workshops
Glazing Patterns Workshop
May 14th, 2016

Saturday, 10am - 2pm

Work with artist Frank James Fisher as he demonstrates a variety of techniques to apply unique glaze patterns to your bisque ware using a variety of common materials found in the home. This is a student participation workshop. Students should bring either 3-4 bisque cylinders (approximately 4 inches diameter) or spherical bottles (approximately 6-7 inches diameter) ready for glazing.

Cost: Non-members $75 | Members & Seniors (60+) $70 | Senior Members $65

Naked Raku
Michigan Art Center, Garden City, MI
May 17th-31st, 2015

Sunday afternoon, 1-4 p.m (3 week course)

Naked raku is based on traditional raku methods but with an innovative twist. This popular technique uses a sacrificial slip to create unique surface patterns on the bisque surface. As the pot reaches temperature, the slip will crack exposing bare clay to carbon in the reduction chamber. Participants will create their own individual art works and should bring bisque ware. The naked raku process will be explored over three successive Sunday classes.

Glaze Application
Michigan Art Center, Garden City, MI
April 19th-June 21st, 2014

Saturday afternoon, 1-4 p.m. (10 week course).

Explore the art of glaze application with this in-depth course. Learn through demonstrations and individual projects the methods and techniques used to creatively apply glazes. Methods are applicable to cone 10 thru low-fire raku glazes. Techniques include direct application, masking, transfer and airbrush application. This unique ceramic art opportunity features a small interactive class environment for greater exploration of techniques.

Creating Texture Plates
Michigan Art Center, Garden City, MI
June 8th-July 13th, 2013

Saturday afternoon, 1 - 4 p.m (6 week course).

In this 6 week course, ceramic artist Frank James Fisher will work with students to create a variety of reusable texture plates for future ceramic projects. Texture plates include: bisque texture plate, plaster cast newspaper plate and solar plate*. Using the same methods mastered by Fisher, students will work side by side to build this unique library of textures. Class fees include all materials including solar plate, plaster and antique electrotype fiber plate. There will be 4 weeks of instruction, 2 weeks of open studio.

Michigan Art Center, Garden City, MI
April 20th-June 1st, 2013

Sunday afternoon, 1-4 p.m (7 week course).

This 7 week course is for students interested in wheel throwing or hand building, who want to focus on learning and applying various glazing techniques. This class is for beginning to advanced students. Class includes 50 lbs. of clay and unlimited open studio time

Ceramics IV: Advanced Hand-building
Schoolcraft College, Livonia
December 29th, 2012

Learn the secrets of advanced hand-building techniques through insightful demonstrations and individual projects. Through an in-depth understanding of complex three-dimensional ceramic structure, this unique ceramic art opportunity features a small interactive class environment for greater exploration of techniques and lab equipment. Areas explored include slab-built construction, press molds, image transfer methods and advanced Raku glazing and firing. Prerequisite: Ceramics III or equivalent ceramics experience.