Clay Classes

BEYOND BASIC HANDBUILDING

Instructor: Rosalie Midyette

An intermediate level class – basic handbuilding experience is necessary. Coiling, soft and hard slab construction and extruding techniques are just the beginning. Students will be challenged to create complex forms using basic skills, exciting templates and embellishing designs with multiple parts, layered textures or slips. Decisions regarding concept and design will determine the flow of each class. Projects may include boxes with drawers, woven baskets, or functional sculpture inspired by nature and animals. Studio time outside of class is strongly suggested to build skills as well as finish class projects. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay and use of specialty tools needed during class.

Mondays [6 weeks] January 10 – February 21 [skip Jan. 17]; 6:30-9:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 or equivalent.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $100    Public – $170      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

BUILDING BIGGER [Workshop]

Instructor: Rosalie Midyette

Arrive with an idea and leave with an object that will feature prominently in your home. In this handbuilding class you will learn to defy gravity without the frustration. Using an armature, braces and special building techniques you can grow outside your comfort zone.  Supply fee includes one bag (25 pounds) of clay and use of specialty studio tools needed during class.

Friday, January 28; 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday, January 29; 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, January 30 from 12:00 – 4:00pm      

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 class or equivalent.

Class fees by level:  NC State students – $70   Public – $105      Register for this class»

 

CONTINUING WHEEL

Instructors:
Section A – Heather Rhymes
Section B – Sherry Nicholson
Section C – Jake Goodnight

So you’ve conquered the basics and you’re ready for more — Continuing Wheel is the next level of pottery wheel instruction. Projects include refining skills used for pulling handles, turning matching and consistent forms, small plates, and lidded jars. This class will not review introductory level wheel skills, such as centering and raising cylinders, so please be ready to work beyond the basics! Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to finish class projects. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay.

Section A: Thursdays [6 weeks] January 13 – February 17; 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks] March 8April 19 [skip Mar. 15]: 6:30-9:30pm
Section C: Thursdays [6 weeks] March 10April 21 [skip Mar. 17]: 6:30-9:30pm 

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class or equivalent and confident, basic wheel skills; centering, raising cylinders, working with 2 pounds of clay or more on the wheel..

Class fees by level:   NC State Students – $100   Public – $170      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

EXTRUDED CLAY [Workshop]

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Interested in learning how to work with a clay extruder? It’s a great tool to get to know and our clay studio has two! In this workshop we will utilize our Brent and North Star extruders to manipulate clay into coils, straps, or hollow tubes. Let’s explore all available extruder dies, machine setup and usage, as well as basic skills on how to use those extrusions OR incorporate them into an existing style of work! Clay experience is required for this intermediate level workshop. Supply fee includes one 25 lb. bags of clay (which includes firing) and use of studio tools needed during class.

Saturday, February 5: 12:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday, February 6: 12:00 – 5:00pm           

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 class or equivalent.

Class fees by level:  NC State students – $100   Public – $170       Register for this class»

 

HANDBUILDING 101

Instructors:
Section A – Jennifer Siegel
Section B – Heather Rhymes
Section C – Michelle Molla

An introductory level class – no experience necessary. Pinching, coiling, soft and hard slab construction and extruding are the main methods of hand-building that this beginner level class introduces. Students will create functional as well as 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 as well as finish class projects. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay and use of specialty tools needed during class.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks] January 11 – February 15; 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Mondays [6 weeks] March 7 – April 18 [skip Mar.14]; 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section C: Tuesdays [6 weeks] March 8 – April 19 [skip Mar.15]; 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  NC State students – $100   Public – $170       Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

HANDBUILDING WITH TEMPLATES

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

An intermediate level class – handbuilding experience is necessary. Let’s get together each week and handbuild from a new template or pattern! Bring your tools and unique style to the studio – I will provide the templates! Projects may include serving dishes, vases, and boxes. Finished pieces will reflect your own personal style though design elements will be discussed during the class as well as surface treatments such as underglaze or slips. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay and use of specialty tools needed during class.

Thursdays [6 weeks] March 10 – April 21 [skip Mar.17]; 12:30 – 3:30* pm    

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 class or equivalent.

Class fees by level:  NC State students – $100   Public – $170       Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

*Note: Parking on campus weekdays prior to 5:00pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit [$10 daily].

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE POTTER’S WHEEL

Instructors:
Section A [for NC State students only] – Summer Whiteside
Section B – Jake Goodnight
Section C – Jina Kim
Section D – Summer Whiteside
Section E – Charlene Poisel

This class is designed to introduce students to working in our clay studio and covers the fundamentals of clay preparation, throwing, and finishing. ITTPW can also serve as a great refresher course of basic wheel skills: wedging, centering, raising, trimming, and glazing. This class is also perfect for anyone looking for a little help before moving on to the next level! Have you spent some time behind the pottery wheel but aren’t feeling quite centered yet? Register and learn to feel confident when raising and shaping walls into vase forms, mugs and bowls. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay.

Section A [for NC State students only]: Mondays [6 weeks] January 10 February 21 [skip Jan. 17]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks] January 11 February 15: 6:30 – 9:30pm  

Section C: Thursdays [6 weeks] January 13 February 17: 12:30 – 3:30pm*

Section D: Mondays [6 weeks] March 7 April 18 [skip Mar. 14]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section E: Fridays [6 weeks] March 11 April 22 [skip Mar. 18]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  NC State Students – $100   Public – $170       Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

*Note: Parking on campus weekdays prior to 5:00pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit [$10 daily].

 

RAKU FIRING [Workshop]

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Raku pottery is primarily for decorative artwork, resulting in smoky black and/or metallic surfaces that are ready to take home the day of firing. Register for this semiannual workshop and you’ll find yourself firing on two weekends in October! Horsehair and feather firings will occur two Saturdays before our traditional raku-glazing/firing weekend when firing temperatures are lower and process much faster. On the big raku firing weekend students will spend two days glazing and learning about this unique firing process in between the active flow of kiln loads.

An orientation early in the semester will cover topics such as recommended wares for firing, glazing application/schedule, and firing-weekends expectations. Scheduling group opportunities during open studio hours to create work for firing weekends will be discussed as well. This workshop is intended for both first time and returning raku-ers to try something new. Glazes will be furnished, although you may bring your own to share, along with some unique application techniques! Class fee includes use of terra sigillata, raku glazes, safety equipment and other tools for firing. This workshop requires a clay studio membership in order to participate.

Saturday, January 22: 12:00 – 1:00pm [Orientation]
Saturday, March 26: 12:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday, April 9; 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]
Sunday, April 10: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced 

Prerequisites: Spring 2022 Clay Studio membership required in order to register for this workshop plus participants must have completed an Intro to Potter’s Wheel class, Handbuilding 101 class, or equivalent.

Class fees by level:   NC State Students – $135    Public – $205      Register for this class»

 

TECHNIQUE WEEKS

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

You’re confident with the forms that you like to make but want to amp up your surface or style, maybe learn more about what is available to you in our clay studio… Does that sound like you? If the answer is ‘yes’ then you should register and soon discover a new technique at each class! Work with a variety of materials and refresh your ceramic wardrobe; mason stains, shellac, sodium silicate, velvet underglazes, wax, and glazes. Pottery wheel OR handbuilding skills are required for this class. Supply fee includes 25 pounds of clay, specialty tools needed during class, and weekly technique materials. 

Thursdays [6 weeks] January 13February 17; 6:30 – 9:30pm       

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Potter’s Wheel class, Handbuilding 101 class, or equivalent.

Class fees by level:  NC State students – $130   Public – $185     Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]


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Cancellations

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.

Absences

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.