Ceramics Studio Firing Program

Please note: The City of Irvine has taken several precautionary safety measures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. By emergency order, the Irvine Fine Arts Center continues to be closed to the public at large until further notice, and an opening date for the center has not been determined. This includes adult Open Studio programs and adult classes. In the meantime, please see below for more information on the center's newly launched Ceramics Studio Firing Program.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented and fluid situation.

 


 

Irvine Fine Arts Center is implementing a Ceramics Firing Program for currently registered Ceramic Open Studio participants to safely drop off their work at the center. This curbside service will help current participants stay creative at home while the center remains closed to the public for Open Studio and adult classes.

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 (pick-ups will be scheduled once staff notifies participant that their work is complete).
    • $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.
  • Arrive at the Irvine Fine Arts Center at your registered drop-off date and time. Park adjacent to the Ceramics Studio driveway in the parking spot identified by the "sidewalk service" sign. Call the center front desk at 949-724-6880 to notify staff of your arrival. Staff will come out to your car with a cart to load your work.
  • 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

  • Participants must wear facial masks for the duration of the drop-off, and adhere to all social distancing markers and signage on-site. All walk-in services at the Irvine Fine Arts Center remain closed.

How to Pick Up Your Work

  • Irvine Fine Arts Center staff will contact participants via email or telephone when their work is complete to schedule a date and time for pick-up.
  • Arrive at the Irvine Fine Arts Center at your scheduled pick-up date and time. Park adjacent to the ceramics studio driveway in the parking spot identified by the "sidewalk service" sign. Call the center front desk at 949-724-6880 to notify staff of your arrival. Staff will bring completed work to your car on a cart.
  • Participants must wear facial masks for the duration of the pick-up, and adhere to all social distancing markers and signage on-site. All walk-in services at the Irvine Fine Arts Center remain closed.

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.
    • Clay may be purchased by contacting the center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 949-724-6880, to be ready before your scheduled drop-off or pick-up.
    • 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.