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. 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:
Thursdays 12:15pm-2:45 and 4:30pm-7pm
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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***
Children’s Ceramics- Ages 6-10
June 26, July 3, July 10, July 17
$60/4 week session
Siblings are $10 off!
In this 2 hour class, students will explore hand building techniques using natural Earth clay. (Please note, students WILL NOT use the pottery wheels in this course as this is a prerequisite course for working with clay) Students will have a different guided featured project from week to week, which will offer room for many options and creativity within the project. The last classes of the session will be reserved for glazing and painting and you will receive a call later on when your student’s box of projects from the full course is ready for pick up. (Students will not bring home projects from week to week but will pick up their full box of finished projects later on.)
The structure of this course encourages perseverance, project planning and creativity. All of the foundational techniques in hand building will be covered, including slab rolling, coil rolling, score/slipping, trimming, pinching, wedging, glazing, painting and much more. Students will learn about the kiln firing process and gain appreciation for the art of working with clay. Students will be taught how to clean their stations and tools thoroughly and care for their supplies.
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.