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Levis JCC Sandler Center In Boca Raton Appoints Abbey Funk As New Instructor; Announces Pottery Classes For All Levels

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton has appointed Abbey Funk as its new pottery instructor and announces Pottery Classes for all levels of students, from beginner to advanced. Beginning on October 19th, learn how to use a pottery wheel, hand build pottery, sculpt clay, stoneware, porcelain and glazes. The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to sign up!  It is a great time to learn a new craft or to brush up on new techniques!  Membership is NOT required to participate in classes, which are open to the entire community.

 

 

 

 

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9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

The Levis JCC Sandler Center in Boca Raton

 

 

Focus On Pottery:

Beginning October 19th

All levels of students, from beginner to advanced

9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida.  Studio director Marilyn Wander notes, “Abbey Funk brings a fresh new perspective to the creative process. We are pleased she is joining the Rosen Pottery Studio as an instructor, and look forward to exploring her ideas in clay.”

 

 
The Rosen Pottery Studio has 8 wheels and 2 kilns.

Students have access to free studio time when classes are not in session, on Sundays, and are free to stay and practice as long as they want Monday—Wednesday.

Students will learn techniques of hand building and throwing on the potter’s wheel. Advanced students will sharpen their skills. All levels are welcome.

 

Abbey Funk Working on Wheel

New instructor, Abbey Funk Working on Wheel

 

Marilyn Wander teaches Mondays and Wednesdays:

( Oct. 19 – Dec. 14   8-week session)

(Oct. 31 – Dec. 14  8 week session)

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey Funk Teaches Tuesdays and Thursdays:

Thursdays (Oct. 20 – Dec. 15   9-week session)

Tuesdays (Nov. 1 – Dec. 13   7-week session )

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Fall sessions: cost for the 7-week session is $245: cost for 8-week session is $280; cost for the 9-week session is $315 Discounts are available for Sandler Center members. Studio time is included at no extra charge.

 

 

Visit: http://levisjcc.org/culture/programs_classes/
OR
Call 561-558-5250 for more information or to register.

 

 

"Green Bowl" by Marilyn Wander

“Green Bowl” by Marilyn Wander

 

 

Marilyn Wander

Marilyn Wander has been a potter since 1977. She specializes in stoneware and porcelain clay, and is known for her exquisite and unique glazes, which she shares with her students. It is unusual and important to note that Marilyn not only develops her only specialty glazes – – She also shares them with her students!  Marilyn took up pottery after noticing that she gravitated to the pottery exhibits at art shows (she is married to well-known Palm Beach watercolorist Gustav Wander). Very tactile, she fell in love with clay.

 

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander's signature

Unique Glazes are Marilyn Wander’s signature

Marilyn’s students remark on her accessibility and skill as a teacher:
“When I began working with Marilyn, I did not know how to handle clay effectively. Now after 5 years, I was invited to exhibit my work at the local public library. Marilyn is a skillful teacher who inspires her students to reach beyond their limits. Through her patient coaching, she has enabled many of her students to get in touch with their creative side.”—Frances Levine

 

Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

Teapot and Cup by Marilyn Wander

 

 

Marilyn trained at Florida Atlantic University, Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC, Parsons School of Design in NYC, at the 92nd St. “Y” in NYC, and at Cumberland Pottery in Teaneck, NJ. She is affiliated with the FAU Potters Guild and the NJ Designer Craftsmen. She has exhibited at Las Olas Art Festival, University of Miami—Beaux Arts, Norton Gallery, Deerfield Beach Art and Craft Show, Vero Beach Art and Craft Show, Virginia Beach Art Festival, Garrison NY Art Festival, Bergen Museum—NJ Designers Craftsmen Show, and held a one-woman show with interior designer Pajia Wald in Tenafly, NJ.

 

 

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Sculpture by Abbey Funk

 

Abbey Funk
http://www.abbeyfunk.com/

A native of Wellesley, Mass., Abbey completed a BFA in Studio Art at Florida Atlantic University in 2005, and moved to Brooklyn, NY after graduation. She worked in Manhattan as a graphic artist until 2010, when she returned to South Florida to focus on studio art. Working predominantly in clay, she also creates sculptures made of metal and found objects.
Abbey joined the Palm Beach State College adjunct faculty in 2011, and quickly turned into a sought-after pottery teacher in local ceramics studios. In 2012, she opened A. Funk Studio in Delray Beach, Fla., as a founding member of the flourishing art colony Artists Alley. She began working in metal in 2014. Her artwork is well-known throughout South Florida, and she has shown in venues in West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Hollywood.

 

 

New Sculpture at Abby Funk Studio

Sculpted Pottery byAbbey Funk 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbey describes her approach to her art: “I am a Conceptual artist. I create with purpose and for a reason. Through my chosen mediums of Clay and Metal, I express emotions and ideas. I create tangible stories that are always ready to be shared, infinitely patient in their completion. I create environments. I show Truth. I intend for the viewer to question.  As an artist, I seek constant growth and expansion. I love the unknown. Experimentation is my answer for everything. There is beauty in creative failure and ‘mistakes’. Success is never giving up.”

 

 

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Wood-Fired Sculpture by Abbey Funk

 

 

 

 

Abbey looks forward to welcoming new and returning students to the Levis JCC Pottery Studio, “I am excited and honored to be joining the teaching staff at the studio. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to share my experiences, engage with first-time students and returning potters, and explore our creativity together. I’m sure we will all grow and increase our skills as we inspire each other.”

 

 

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences. Membership is not required to participate in programs. The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. It is located at 9801 Donna Klein Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33428.

www.levisjcc.org

 

 

 

 

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