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Clay Classes


Beyond Basic Handbuilding

Instructor: Laura Korch

An intermediate level class – basic handbuilding experience is necessary. Coiling, soft and hard slab construction and extruding techniques are just the beginning. You 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.

Tuesdays [6 weeks] February 28 – April 11 [skip Mar. 14]; 10:00am – 1:00pm*

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 or equivalent.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $105    Public – $170

[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].


Continuing Wheel

Instructors:
Section A – Amie Hodges
Section B – Blake Kennedy

So, you’ve conquered the basics and you’re ready for more? Continuing Wheel is the next level of pottery wheel instruction or can serve as a refresher course of basic pottery skills. Projects include refining skills used for pulling handles, turning matching and consistent forms, small plates. A wonderful class for novice potters as well as veteran throwers in need of more tips and tricks on how to master basic skills. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to finish class projects. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay.

Section A: Mondays [6 weeks] January 23 February  27;  
6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks] February 28 – April 11 [skip Mar. 14]; 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 – $105   Public – $170

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


Handbuilding 101

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

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. You 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, plus use of a storage locker for the duration of the class.

Section A: [6 weeks] Tuesdays; January 10 – February 14; 10:00am – 1:00pm*

Section B: [6 weeks] Mondays; February 27 – April 10 [skip Mar. 13]; 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section C: [6 weeks] Fridays; March 3 – April 14 [skip Mar. 17]; 6:30 – 9:30pm

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  NC State students – $110   Public – $175     

[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 Potter’s Wheel

Instructors:
Section A – Jazz Moe
Section B – Heather Rhymes
Section C – Wah Tran
Section D – Jazz Moe

This class is designed to introduce you 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 plus use of a storage locker for the duration of the class.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks] January 10 – February 14: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Thursdays [6 weeks] January 12 – February 16: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section C: Fridays [6 weeks] January 20 – February 24: 6:30 – 9:30pm  

Section D: Thursdays [6 weeks] March 2 – April 13 [skip Mar. 16]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  NC State Students – $110   Public – $175   

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


No Glaze, No Problem

Instructor: Amie Hodges

This class will explore how to create surface design without the use of glazes. Learn to color clay with mason stains as well as explore design possibilities using contrasting colored clay bodies. The slab roller will be used to create organic designs in the clay, and the wheel will be utilized to create different marbling effects. You will also explore nerikomi (stacking colored clay) techniques and decorating with clay slips. This class will have an emphasis on experimentation! Pick your favorite method(s) and run with it during the duration of the class. Let’s have fun exploring the possibilities of clay! View Amy’s work at www.amiehodges.com.

Mondays [6 weeks] February 27 – April 10 [skip Mar. 13]; 10:00am -1:00pm

  • Skill Level: All skill levels
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Potter’s Wheel class, Handbuilding 101 class, or equivalent.

Class fees by level:  NC State students – $145   Public – $215

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


Register for classes

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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 processing charge of 25% of the registration payment or $25 (whichever is less) will be assessed and the remainder refunded.
• 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.