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Handbuilding 101

An introductory level class – no experience necessary.

Pinching, coiling, soft and hard slab construction and extruding are the main hand-building methods introduced by this beginner-level class. You will create functional and sculptural forms, such as cups, mugs, bowls and lidded boxes. Surface decoration through slips, stains, and wax, as well as glazing, will be a significant aspect of this class. Studio time outside of class is strongly suggested to build skills and finish class projects. 

The class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay and the use of specialty tools needed during class, plus the use of a storage locker for the class duration.

Dates and Times

Section A

[6 weeks] Tuesdays; January 10 – February 14; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*

Section B

[6 weeks] Mondays; February 27 – April 10 [skip Mar. 13]; 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Section C

[6 weeks] Fridays; March 3 – April 14 [skip Mar. 17]; 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.


  • Section A: Laura Korch
  • Section B: Heather Rhymes
  • Section C: Donna Breniman


  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Class includes a punch card and eligibility for a class pass.
  • Parking on campus weekdays before 5:00 p.m. requires a Visitor Parking Permit [$10 daily].

Class Fees by Level

  • NC State students: $110  
  • Public: $175