The Firehouse Art Center is excited to announce the addition of a new ceramics studio! Located on the second floor of the Firehouse, this community space will host youth and adult classes that will explore wheelthrowing, handbuilding, and a variety of glazing techniques. The studio includes an electric kiln, pottery wheels, spacious work tables, lockable storage, utility sink, and a variety of tools for all your ceramics needs! The space also provides an ample amount of natural lighting and ventilation system.
One-on-one wheelthrowing OR handbuilding course with Grace Gutierrez:
Cost of course: $135.00
Cost of course for Firehouse ceramics member: $120.00
These three session courses (90 min each session) will teach you the basics of either wheelthrowing OR handbuilding ceramic technique. The Wheelthrowing course will focus on throwing forms, trimming, handles, decorating, and glazing. The handbuilding course will focus on coil and slab building, sculpting forms, construction and glazing. Because these sessions are one-on-one, scheduling is flexible, but please note the courses should be completed over one month. Cost of course includes all supplies and firing. Age requirement for the wheelthrowing course is 14+ years old, handbuilding is all ages. Please email Grace with course inquiries: Admin@firehouseart.
Annual ceramics membership fee: $45
Annual ceramics membership fee for current Firehouse Artist Members: $25.00
-Full access to studio during open studio hours
-discounted firing fees
-discounted class fees for all Firehouse ceramics classes
-inclusion in Firehouse Ceramics booth at ArtWalk Longmont events
Clay will be available for purchase, but please note you are to provide your own glazes or glaze ingredients. We have a beam scale and other tools needed if you like to mix your own glazes! Please bring a lock if you would like to store your supplies in our lockers.
Open studio hours:
Each day is broken up into “time slots” for using the pottery wheels. Each time slot is around 2.5-3 hours. You must register for a specific time slot and have the wheel cleaned by the end of your time slot.
(More days to be added as interest and membership increases!)
***Covid-19 Open Studio Policy: Please register at least 24 hours in advance for open studio hours using form on website. Only 3 members will be allowed in studio at a time due to Covid-19 restrictions, including studio monitor. Everyone must wear a mask at all times.***
Before your first open studio time, you will be required to take a 30 minute orientation walkthrough of the studio. You will need to sign a waiver to activate your membership.
If you plan on using the wheel you will need to get your certification. This entails either an evaluation of your experience on the wheel or completion of a Firehouse wheel throwing course. Schedule your wheel throwing one on one by emailing email@example.com.
Firing for all classes is included in the class cost.
Bisque or glaze firing for outside ceramicists: $25.00 per firing
Bisque or glaze firing for ceramics members: $10.00 per firing
***Price is for each firing, so whether you have one pot or a full kiln, you will pay this price, so please plan firings with this knowledge in mind***
Who: Firehouse Artist Members and Firehouse Ceramics Members or anyone interested in learning more about our ceramics membership!
Where: Firehouse Art Center Main Gallery- 667 4th Ave Longmont, CO
Join us for a casual gathering to play with clay and meet fellow Firehouse artist or ceramics members. Open to folks of all levels, demos will be shown for construction for beginners or just come and do your own thing! Only 12 dollars and the class covers your clay and for your pieces to get bisque fired. You can then pick up your fired work to paint at home or bring to our next Play with Clay night to glaze the work. Handbuilding projects only.
About our ceramics instructors:
Marie McCreery is a ceramicist who has been working in the field for over 30 years. She creates mostly handmade stoneware pottery, focusing on functional ware with great care given to hand decorating, carving and painting. Marie has an art degree from CU Boulder, was a founder of the Boulder Arts and Crafts Co-op, and managed the Boulder Pottery Lab.
Marie will be teaching classes for all ages at the Firehouse, and she graciously donated most of the equipment and supplies being used in the Firehouse ceramics studio. We couldn’t have done it without her!
Grace Gutierrez is a multidisciplinary artist and Longmont native with a passion for providing ample creative opportunities for local art enthusiasts. Her personal art practice often explores her mixed-race/Chicanx identity and encourages empathy, equity, and pride within our communities. Grace graduated in the Spring of 2020 from MSU Denver with a BFA in painting and ceramics and is currently the Firehouse Art Center’s curatorial and administrative assistant.