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Our Team


Carol Fountain Nix
919.513.3677 or 919.515.2457


Carol directs the overall mission and vision of The Crafts Center. She received her MA from the NC State College of Design and eventually taught there as the Associate Professor of the Practice. Carol has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and retail product designer, having owned her own business for over 20 years. Carol is a practicing artist, calligrapher and mixed media painter who teaches classes in calligraphy and lettering arts at The Center and internationally. Please visit: to view some of Carol’s work

Jo Ellen Westmoreland
Assistant Director
919.513.3477 or 919.515.2457

Jo Ellen believes that finding creativity can improve your quality of life. It is something she knows to be true,having taught clay classes at The Crafts Center for over 15 years. Jo Ellen manages the glass, lapidary, jewelry, fibers, and mixed media studios. Her devotion to learning over the years has helped her nurture many wonderful friendships and memories both as a teacher and crafts lover. With pottery, glass and needlework at the top of the list, Jo Ellen has a variety of skills to share with NC State students and her local community of over 40 years.

Paul Cash
Office Manager
919-513-3614 or 919.515.2457


Paul Cash breaks the mold when it comes to office managers – and he’s got big plans for the future of member services and financial flow at The Crafts Center. Paul joins us after three years on the other side of campus at the University Cashier’s Office where he has worked to gain crucial experience in university operations, finance, and customer service. As a graduate of NC State in 2011, earning a BA in Political Science, he is excited to contribute to the campus culture that he fell in love with: GO PACK! With an appreciation for the arts that stretches back to craft projects with his beloved family, scouts, and school, Paul is ready to add to his creative talents.

Jennifer Siegel
Clay Studio Manager
919.513.3699 or 919.515.2457


Clay Studio Manager at The Crafts Center since August of 2012, Jennifer is committed to developing a welcoming and functional studio space for campus life as well as the surrounding community. Jennifer’s extensive experience as a ceramic artist and teacher has made her a master of her craft – she truly loves what she does! Sharing knowledge and skills while helping people find their expression in such a vast medium is high on her list of rewards. Learn more about Jennifer’s personable, eccentric style of making amazing clay works

Phil Gresham
Interim Wood Studio Manager 
919.513.3566 or 919.515.2457

Phillip Gresham is a familiar face at the Crafts Center. You’ll find him in just about every studio – he is a true maker, wood worker, and craftsman. When our previous wood studio manager, John Metzler, left the Center for another position, Phil was the perfect person to step in. He will be with us until mid-May, when he will leave to go to graduate school.

Katy Walls
Studio Technician 

Katy graduated from NC State in 2012 with a degree in Communication Media. She was a founding member of the Arts Village in 2007 and began working at The Crafts Center as a student front desk attendant in 2009. Katy’s energetic, “can-do” attitude and the fact that she actually enjoys creative problem-solving is a real asset to The Crafts Center. Katy oversees the Photography Studio, teaches black and white photography, and she also serves as a volunteer coach for the NC State women’s rugby club.