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Spark’s Third ASL Class a Success

One again a nice group of people took a few hours to expand their educational experiences by learning the basics of American Sign Language. Seven adults attended this third in a series of beginning ASL instructions taught by certified instructor Tom Schluep. Tom was assisted by interpreters Molly Jordan and Dan McCray.



still lifeOn Sunday, January 10, 2016 Spark Creative Artspace will be hosting another in its popular canvas events. Spark artist Sofia Burgess will be leading the event and for something different she has chosen a classical still life.

The event will run from 2-4 pm at Spark’s studios, 251 Jefferson St. in Greenfield and will be open to all ages.  This would be an excellent opportunity for a mother-daughter experience.  The fee is $30 for adults 18 and over and $25 for younger participants and will include a stretched canvas, use of all Spark supplies, refreshments and professional guidance and assistance.

Advanced reservations and payment may be made in two ways.

  • By mailing a check for the total amount to Spark Creative Artspace, PO Box 325, Greenfield, OH 45123. Please include your name, phone number, and email address. Checks must be received by January 8th. You might also email details of your order to sparkcreativearts@gmail.com.
  • Register and pay online by using Eventbrite and a major credit card. Just click the Eventbrite button below.

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 Spark is a non-profit and totally volunteer organization and all proceeds go towards helping Spark Creative Artspace meet its monthly expenses.

Spark may be contacted at 937 763 ART1 (leave a message).


asl childrenSeveral months ago Spark Creative Artspace hosted a series of adult lessons on learning American Sign Language. The very successful classes were taught by Tom Schluep and Molly Jordan. Several participants suggested that a similar class be held for children. So, On Saturday, February 20 Tom and Molly will be on hand to offer basic ASL instruction for children ages 6 through 10. The class will run from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm and the cost will be $20 payable in advance.

Payment may be made by mailing a check to Spark Creative Artspace, PO Box 325, Greenfield, OH 45123.

If you’d rather register and pay online with a major credit card you may do so at Spark’s Eventbrite page.

Click button to register and pay with credit card.
Click button to register and pay with credit card.

Spark’s All-Day Sewing-Quilting Class with Jayne Honnold

Master quilter Jayne Honnold is returning to Spark this month with an all-day instructional class in sewing quilts. The date will be Saturday, October 31 from 9:00 am until sometime in the afternoon. Jayne will stay until the last student has completed their project.

The cost of the class is $40.00 per person and payment will be at the door by cash or personal check. So Jayne will know what to anticipate we would appreciate you fill out the following contact form and submit it to Spark.



Supply List for 50” Quilt Top

I’m glad you’ve signed up for a sewing/quilting class with me! Teaching and sharing this hobby is something I enjoy doing, and I hope this will be a positive experience for you.

Going into this, you should know some basics. You’ll be bringing your own working sewing machine and you should be able to operate it, including such basics as winding a bobbin, threading, and sewing a straight quarter-inch seam. I will provide extension cords. In addition, it would be wise to bring thread to match your fabric, sewing scissors and pins. I will be able to provide other tools for the project.

Supplies needed for this project:

  • 3 Charm Packs in coordinating colors (these are sold in quilt shops and online); a charm square is a 5” square of fabric; a charm pack consists of 42 squares of an entire fabric line. These cost $9-$10 in quilt shops and can be ordered for a bit less online.
  • 1/3 yard of a neutral (light) matching fabric for inner border
  • That’s all!! I have made one in baby (girl) fabrics and one in primitive-style fabrics. If a baby quilt is not your particular need, then consider using this quilt for an attractive table-cloth or for a lap throw or accent piece. A Christmas-themed quilt would be another option.

Since this is an all-day class, bring a sack lunch and whatever refreshments you want. We will be within walking distance of several restaurants, so that is another option.

Cost for the day-long class will be $40, payable on the day of the class. Reservations and registration will be handled through Spark! Creative Artspace.

Contact me with any further questions.

Call or text 740-703-2095 (leave a message if I don’t answer.)
Facebook message, if we are FB friends.
Email: jaynehonnold@gmail.com

Spark’s American Sign Language Classes

Spark Creative Arts will be offering a series of three class focusing on introducing people to American Sign Language (ASL). ASL is a major method of communications for people with hearing loss. Tom Schluep and others will conduct the series of three sessions being held at Spark’s studios at 251 Jefferson St. in Greenfield.

There willasl be a series of three Saturday classes on October 3, 10, and 17th. Classes will begin at 1:00 pm and last up to two hours in length. All materials will be provided.

Cost for the series of classes is $40 and registration may be made online using major credit cards and Eventbrite. Registration can also be made in person at the beginning of the first class. If registering at the door please submit the Contact Form below so we’ll know what to expect.

Click button to register and pay with credit card.
Click button to register and pay with credit card.

CONTACT FORM: Please fill out and submit if you’re planning on registering and paying at the beginning of the first class.

Any questions can be answered by emailing sparkcreativearts@gmail.com or calling 937 763 ART1 and leaving a message.

For further information about ASL visit this website:


Firing pottery in a saggar

Reduction firing is a common process used in the production of stoneware art pottery. Basically the pot is fired in an environment lacking in oxygen which forces the oxygen in the glazes and clay to be consumed. As a result the colors of the clay and glazes take on very unique and random textures, hues, and values.

Raku is a Japanese ceramic technique that originally didn’t employ reduction firing. When introduced into America our potters added reduction techniques to the raku process that significantly altered

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