Classes at Out of the Fire Sculpture Studio


Many businesses in Saxapahaw, NC are participating in Small Business Saturday. 


Out of the Fire is offering special classes from 10AM to noon and 1-3PM.  Children, adults, families, all ages and levels of experience!  Create holiday memories and little masterpieces you will treasure forever! Contact Cindy  Biles at (336) 376-9091 or to reserve your spot.




All ages and levels of experience are welcome!   You can take short-term classes, workshops and longer courses.  Hone your skills, or just relax and have fun in an encouraging and supportive environment.

Out of the Fire Sculpture Studio is located in beautiful, historic Saxapahaw, NC.  There is a lot to do in town—check out this page for a list of area businesses and eateries and plan to spend the day!

Adult and Child – create special memories and keepsakes!
Retreats and Corporate Teambuilding
Girls Night Out


Classes include:

adults-classes-out-fire-sculpture-art-clay-hand-building-crafts-saxapahaw-north-carolina-cindy-bilesClay Sculpture for Adults:  Why Should Kids have All the Fun?

Picasso said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  Let go of self-judgment, have a great time and create something wonderful for your home or garden! We will sculpt during the first class and glaze our magnificent works during the second class. Sculpture tools are provided for use during class. Includes 5 pounds of clay, glazes and firings.


Big Hands, Little Hands—A Great Clay Adventure!

A child and his or her Special Someone will learn a lot and have a lot of fun as they coil, roll and pinch clay to each create a masterpiece! You get to spend quality time with that special young spirit and remember the joy of play as you release your own inner child. We will sculpt during the first class, and glaze or paint during the second class, two weeks later.  Sculpture tools are provided for use during class. Includes 6 pounds of clay, glazes, paint, and firings.


Classes for seasonal events and holidays.  Please e-mail me for more information:



It was so much fun!  I had never been able to express myself through art.  But with your class I was able to do that.  Thank you for your inspiration.   —Ashley

Thanks so much for the wonderful class you taught.  The kids all had a great time and made awesome sculptures.
—Parent, Alamance County

It was the best and funnest thing I ever did. 

It was nice to come here after a stressful day at work.  I had a great time and feel so relaxed!. 
—a Mom, Alamance County


Classes at Other Locations

senior clay classes assisted living activities north carolina fire Cindy BilesAlthough we have more resources at our fingertips at the studio, if you can’t come to Out of the Fire, I can bring the studio to you!  I have worked with Girl Scouts at their meeting houses, 4-H summer campers, and senior citizens in assisted living centers.






Artist-in-the-Schools Programs

I am an artist-in-the-schools in Wake and Johnston Counties and also teach homeschoolers at Out of the Fire Sculpture Studio. My programs fulfill many of the NC Competency Goals and Objectives in such content areas as language arts, science, social studies, math and technology.

Through curriculum-based, grade appropriate workshops and residencies, students will learn new technical skills as they sculpt an original work of art!  They will draw inspiration from their surroundings, imaginations and experiences, take risks, think critically, follow multi-step instructions, and solve problems creatively. Choose from current programs or collaborate with me to develop a new one that meets your goals.

NOTE:  Beginning in 2012-2013, North Carolina  began implementing curriculum changes in accordance with the new Core Curriculum Standards, a national initiative.   I continue to update current programs and create new ones with this in mind, so that my offerings will continue to fulfill North Carolina curriculum guidelines. For more information on the new Core Curriculum Standards, see:

Examples of programs include:

NEW! Endangered Species

NEW!  Face Jugs for Fourth Graders.    

Creating hollow vessels of much size can be difficult, especially with time constraints.  I came up with a technique that works beautifully.  Students will learn a lot about this traditional North Carolina art form.  They will have a great time designing and hand building their most creative face jug!  Pretty, ugly, traditional or non, they will create a wonderful work of art!

Ecological Niches such as The Coral Reef, The Rainforest

Seasons / Our Favorite Wintertime (or Summertime) Activities / Animal or Plant Life Cycles

Narrative Art — Telling a Story with Clay: How the student, as artist, can communicate without words.

Portraits/Self Portraits

Animal Adaptations: Addresses biodiversity, adaptation to ecological niche, conservation.

Gargoyles!: Integrates with Medieval studies, filed trips to Washington D.C. and the Biltmore House

Folk Art inculture, economics, as self-expression.  Examples: Face Jugs, Josefina Aguilar (Oxaca, Mexico)

Pottery of North Carolina’s First People

Journey to Africa: Animals and Cultures

Art of Central America: Pre-Columbian pottery and its cultural significance

Exciting Legacy Projects.  It is recommended students also create art to take home.


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Please note that the contact information indicated on the brochure is no longer current.

I plan to update many of the pages on this website soon, In the meantime, I am most active on my personal Facebook page, which includes work in the schools and animal rescue issues:

Also, I have a Fan page which I use only for art (, but, that is out-of date at this point, too.  If you would like to see photos of recent student work, please email me at and I will gladly send you some!


I am overwhelmed by the wonderful experience you brought to our students.  It was such a positive experience for them, I am recommending that we bring you out again next year for other grades.   Thank you, you are a treasure! 
—Parent, Wake County

Cindy is passionate about children and her craft.  The creative way she integrates social studies and math into her projects is truly visible throughout her program. 
—Teacher, Alamance County

Cindy inspired my daughter to try different techniques with confidence.  She was very supportive and inspirational, which allowed kids to feel confident, not frustrated, with their own abilities.
—Parent, Alamance County

Cindy has an approach to learning that takes the whole child into account.  She makes certain that all learning styles are utilized to find and create success for everyone.
—Teacher, Alamance County