Yvonne Colson Wins Gold Key Scholastic Award Two Years in a Row

“I would like to share the good news with you:  Yvonne‘s Scarlet Macaw won the 2016 Gold Key Scholastic Award.  Thank you so much for your teaching”.  Xin Ma



Girl Scouts Get Their Pottery Badge at the Workshop


Girl Scout Clay BadgeBring your troop to the Workshop on the weekend or an evening and earn your pottery badge.  Learn to pinch, coil, and create clay slabs to make your very own pot.  You will have a piece of pottery to keep as well as meet the requirements for your badge.  Scout troops get a special rate and a tour of the studio and kiln room to further their understanding of the ceramic process.


New Flex Schedule: Fall and Winter Classes


11960274_10153554284144800_4910481205380124824_nFall and winter classes now have the flexible schedule option where you can attend 6 times during the 6 week period, any day. Miss a week? No problem. Come twice the next week or come once and stay 2 hours! If you know that your child can only make 4of the 6 weeks, pay for 4 classes. This is an easy way to fit ART into your life. We offer 7 class times during the week to choose from for ages 6 and up. Saturday has special classes for ages 4-6 and ages 10 and up. Multiple kids in the family can use the classes purchased. After school and Saturday class times available. All supplies included. Check out the classes offered on the Class Schedule page!

Hyde Park Parents Visit Workshop with Preschoolers


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We’re getting ready for some big changes at FUNKē FIRED ARTS. We’re proud to announce that the studio has been sold to Ben Clark, our education director, and Denise Chase, a former student.

The business will be renamed QUEEN CITY CLAY when Ben and Denise officially take over Jan. 1, 2016. As Queen City Clay, we’ll expand our offerings and collaborate more strongly with Cincinnati’s growing creative community. After 20 years in business, we’re already one of the largest public ceramics studios and clay retail shops in the United States. We serve a range of skill levels, from clay beginners to professional potters and sculptors, while offering activities for families, schools, corporations, and various groups. And we play an important role in arts education in the community, supplying schools throughout the region with materials and training, offering internships and an artist-in-residence program. Read more…


Johanna Englebrecht NCECA Winner


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Another winner! Johanna Englebrecht, an Art Workshop student currently studying pottery wheel at Funkes, won 2 awards at the annual NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference in Rhode Island this week. Johanna and her Mom were so excited that they jumped in the car and drove there to see it in person! Congratulations Johanna.


National Wyland Foundation Art Contest Winners!


Faith MartinThese two paintings by Ben Wetzel (first grade) and Faith Martin (third grade) are winners in the National Wyland Foundation Art Contest entitled “Water is Life”! The Art Workshop is so proud to have 2 winners in their age bracket out of 3,500 entries from 40 states!!! They each received a $50 check for art supplies , an award certificate and a signed lithograph from Wyland. Congratulations to these two for an awesome job.



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Maya’ Fish Teapot Gets an NCECA Award!



Maya Martinez, a third grader at The New School, and student for 2 years at the Art Workshop created this cool fish teapot out of clay.  Mrs. K entered it into the National Council on Education in Ceramic Arts competition which was held in Houston in March.  There were over 1000 entries and Maya not only got accepted but won an Honorable Mention for her age category.   Go Maya!!!


Caroline and Julia Get Accepted into SCPA


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After a lot of hard work on their art portfolios made at the Workshop both Julia Johnson and Caroline Horvath been accepted into the School for Creative and Performing Arts!  We are so proud of them both and wish them the very best in their new school.

      Ben Gets Bombed


IMG_1229Ever heard of yarn bombing?  Well, we hadn’t either until Katie Schwartz, professional “Yarn Bomber”  and professional potter joined our staff.  Yarn bombing involves wrapping or knitting a colorful cover for something that is colorless or boring.  It is meant to be an art experience for those participating and an art installation once finished.  Wednesday’s after school art class decided to “bomb” Ben Clark’s potter’s wheel.  We had a blast and Ben loved it!

Covid -19 Policies

Covid -19 Policies

We will be following the Ohio issued guidelines for Schools

  • Class sizes are reduced to 9 in the classroom and 6 in the pottery wheel studio.  This was the recommendation for our space.  All children and teachers will wear a mask at all times.
  • Children will be seated 6 feet apart and will need to remain seated throughout the class. Students will not be permitted to walk around. If you KNOW that your child can not remain seated for 1 hour or will not wear a mask voluntarily, please do not send them to our studio. We will have a zero tolerance for breaking these rules. And the student will be asked to leave the class without a refund possibility. Please understand, this is for everyone’s safety.
  • We are offering virtual art lessons as an alternative to physically sitting in the class.
  • Each student will be given their own supplies to use during the class.   We are requesting students bring a shoe box or a plastic container for this purpose.
  • When a student leaves for the day, the table and chair will be sanitized by the teacher.
  • We will not be using aprons, so campers are encouraged to wear old cloths.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask in the main studio for pottery wheel. All wheels are 6 feet apart and spread out among 2 rooms. There will be reduced class size to 6 students.  Again, supplies will not be shared. Each person will have their own set of tools, sponge and towel for the week. It will be up to them to keep them clean. There will be a thorough sanitizing process after a student leaves the wheel. As usual, the campers will clean their area and then the teacher will do the sanitizing process. We will make every effort to keep students 6 feet apart while they are watching the instructor.
  • Teachers will always wear a mask when close to the children.
  • We will have sanitizers on each table for the students use.
  • Your child’s temperature will be taken upon entering the classroom each time.

Regretfully, we must suspend classes for the rest of this year for our 3, 4 and 5 year old students.  We do not believe that it is possible to keep them truly safe in our environment.

The same is true for birthday parties and girl scout outings.  They are being suspended until 2021.

This is a hugely different kind of experience than everyone is used to at the Art Workshop. But we will do our best to conduct fun classes in the safest way possible.