Classes for NC State Students

You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to take classes at the Crafts Center.

Classes are available in varying session lengths as an ongoing study in a specific studio. For classes that are 15 hours and over, students will have access to the studio in which they are enrolled for the duration of the semester. For classes less than 15 hours, students have the option to sign up for other classes and/or purchase a membership.

Workshops are focused sessions that are held for several consecutive days. Workshops do not include additional studio access; however, students will have access to the studio during the time in which the workshop is being conducted.

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.

Class Prerequisites:

Each class is designed specifically for a designated level of experience. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR AN INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COURSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE.Please refer to this key, which designates each class level:

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The following classes are offered exclusively for NC State students. Fall registration for NC State students begins Monday, July 9, at 9:05 a.m.  NC State students – take advantage of your three-week head start and be sure to get into the class you want!

Beginner's green asteriskIntroduction to the Potter’s Wheel

Section D: Jo Ellen Westmoreland
Section E: Jake Goodnight [NC State Student]

Intro to Potter's Wheel


For NC State students only. This class is a perfect introduction to working in our clay studio and covers the fundamentals of throwing basic forms: wedging, centering, pulling and shaping walls to make cylinder forms, mugs and bowls. Learn to trim and glaze to create finished pots. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay [which includes firing] and use of studio tools needed during class.

Section D: [for NC State students only] Thursdays [6 weeks], September 7 – October 19 [skip Oct. 5]: 9:45am – 12:15pm

Section E: [for NC State students only] Tuesdays [6 weeks], October 16 – November 20: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $90    Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.



For NC State students only; no experience necessary. Don’t have time to commit to a full-length crafts class? Come join us for an afternoon of fun and learning! Register for one or more sessions.

Class fee : $10 per session, all supplies included (studio membership not included)    Register for these classes»


Session A Potter’s Wheel: Try your hands at the potter’s wheel, making a clay bowl or cup during this fun crafternoon activity! Students will pick their favorite piece to be glazed and finished in the Crafts Center’s gas kiln!
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, August 31    DNA Earrings


Session B DNA Pendant & Earrings: Learn basic wire wrapping techniques to craft a scientifically accurate DNA pendant & earrings from craft wire and beads.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, September 14


Session C Handbuilding with Clay: Learn basic handbuilding technique to coil up a custom cornucopia! Students will roll and form coils around a styrofoam mold then alter their pieces and embellish with stamps and slips. Pieces will be fired in the Crafts Center’s gas kiln and ready for pick-up before Thanksgiving!
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, September 28


Session DPinhole Camera: Use a handmade pinhole camera to create stunning, one-of-a-kind, long exposure images in the darkroom. Subject matter includes landscapes, still lives, selfies and more!
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, October 12


Session EBell Tower Photocubism: Learn to develop black and white pictures of Bell Tower segments in the darkroom, and arrange them to create a larger, unique picture. Students will also learn analog techniques for adding color, shapes, and lettering to enhance their frames.
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, September 28


Session FWood Bowl: Use the wood lathe to turn and a block of poplar into the perfect little bowl.
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, October 12


Session GHot Glass Beads: Learn to use the lampwork torches to make colorful glass beads.
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, October 26Stained Glass Ornaments_Deborah Rodgers



Session H Stained Glass Ornament: Cut and solder stained glass to create a simple holiday ornament.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, November 2


Session JLeather Key Fob: Learn to do some leather sewing, dyeing and tooling to make your own key fob. A great stress-buster session!
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, November 2


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Session KWoodturned Pen: Come learn how to use a wood lathe and turn your very own custom wooden twist pen! Start with a block of beautiful hardwood and learn how to shape, sand, finish and assemble a one-of-a-kind handmade twist pen!
Friday afternoon 4-7 pm, November 30


Session L Watercolor Snowman Cards: Learn fun watercolor painting techniques while painting a snowman motif on folding cards.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, November 30          


Register for classes

See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions.


Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a 75% refund of payment will be issued; 25% of payment is assessed for processing charge.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of  payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must drop the class via Reporter», our new online registration system

Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.


To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists via Reporter» after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.