Please note: The City of Irvine continues to follow state and local health and safety guidelines. Our community centers and indoor facilities are open for drop-in use. Outdoor recreational spaces including parks, playgrounds, and athletic fields and courts are open. Irvine Fine Arts Center exhibitions are available for walk-in visitors. Recreational programming, including Open Studio, is available to the community for registration at yourirvine.org. Learn more at cityofirvine.org/reopenirvine.

The Irvine Fine Arts Center will offer indoor activities, including Open Studio, with advance registration only. Open Studios will have modified access until further notice. Open Studio sessions are subject to change and are supervised by studio technicians and volunteers. For more information and to ensure the studio is open, please call the Irvine Fine Arts Center front desk at 949-724-6880.

 


 

The Ceramics Firing Program allows for currently registered Ceramic Open Studio participants to safely drop off their work at the center.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must be Ceramics Certified through the Irvine Fine Arts Center.
  • Must be a current Irvine Fine Arts Center Ceramics Open Studio or class participant within the last calendar year.

How to Drop Off Your Work

  • Register online at yourirvine.org for your preferred drop-off date and time.
    • $15 registration fee includes one box (bisque or glaze).
    • Limit one participant per time slot, per week; up to a quantity of three boxes maximum ($15 per box).
    • New time slots will be added in weekly increments.
    • No refunds will be allowed.
  • Enter through the front entrance of the facility and check-in at the front desk at your registered drop-off date and time.
  • Participants must deliver work in a cardboard box or plastic container.
    • Maximum size limit: 12" wide x 15" deep x 10" high (bankers box).
    • Pieces must be marked with your initials, symbol, or stamp and may not be larger than 15 inches wide.
    • No more than four plates per box.
  • Box or container must be labeled with a firing form and clearly list participant's name, contact information, number of pieces, bisque or glaze, and a description/picture of how you label your wares (symbol, stamp, initials, etc.).

    DOWNLOAD FIRING FORM HERE

  • Face coverings are required for all visitors inside City facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

How to Pick Up Your Work

  • The firing process takes 2–3 weeks after drop-off. Participants may come in to pick up their work on the following days/times:
    • Wednesdays: 2–5 p.m.
    • Fridays: 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–5 p.m.
  • Face coverings are required for all visitors inside City facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

Additional Information

  • Kiln will be operated on a first-come, first-serve basis, and upon fully filling a kiln for best effectiveness.
  • Prolific makers may need to wait as the center provides equal opportunity for participation.
  • Participants must purchase clay from the Irvine Fine Arts Center or have permission from a technician to use their own.
    • One bag of clay allowed per person, per purchase.
  • Glazing participants will need to purchase their own glaze from Aardvark or similar vendors.
  • Glaze information must be clearly listed on the firing form.

For questions, call 949-724-6880.