Clay

You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to to take classes at the Crafts Center. The studio is also available for use without taking a class. Learn more about class and studio membership fees »

Classes are available in varying session lengths as an ongoing study in a specific studio. Students will only have access to the studio for the duration of the class to practice during the timeframe in which the class is being conducted. Classes listed with this symbol: Z provide participants options to utilize a PunchCard and/or purchase a ClassPass:

OPTION 1: PunchCard can be utilized for three additional studio visits after the class has ended to complete [only] projects started in class. The card will be made available on the last day of class.

OPTION 2: ClassPass is offered for designated classes and extends studio access beyond the actual time frame of the class. Students enrolled in second session continuing classes [meaning halfway or more through the semester] will be able to purchase a ClassPass to utilize prior to the start of class – pending enrollment verification.

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 and Workshops 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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BEDAZZLED!

Instructor: Sylvia Richardson

You probably coveted jewelry seen in artsy boutiques and fashion magazines or envied friends who have the perfect bling to accent everything… So why not create fun and fashionable beads and pendants from scratch? Beginners and more advanced clay artists will find both practical advice and inspiration in this three session class. We’ll use a multitude of techniques including texturing, layering, stamping, sgraffito, sprigging and carving to create one of a kind wearable masterpieces! The variety of colorful creations that can be made using AMACO velvet underglazes is endless, and successful results can be had with any level of expertise. Class fee will include 6 inches of high fire wire, 5 pounds of porcelain clay, access to a variety of underglaze colors (including colors of the Wolfpack!), hemp cord, earring findings, and all the tools you’ll need.

Section A: Tuesdays [3 weeks] September 3 – 17: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section B: Tuesdays [3 weeks] September 24 – October 8: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $70 II – $90 III – $100     Register for this class»

 

BEYOND BASIC HANDBUILDING

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel  

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 those basic skills and exciting templates, 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], September 3 – October 8: *12:00 – 3:00pm         

Prerequisites: Completion of Hand building 101 or equivalent.

Class fees by level: I – $90   II – $140   III – $150      Register for this class»

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

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

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CLAY PUMPKIN PATCH [Workshop]

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

It’s time for CLAY PUMPKINS!!! Register for a seat in our annual carving activity where our Clay Studio Manager provides each participant with a wheel-thrown clay jack-o-lantern! Will you carve a cackling clown or a scaredy-cat?! The creative possibilities are endless when you sit down for a night of imaginative, Halloween fun! Better start sketching now because this event is lurking just around the corner! Tricks and treats will be provided!

Section A: Monday, October 14: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section B: Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section C: Thursday, October 17, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Class fees by level: I – $15   II – $25   III – $30    Register for this class»

 

CONTINUING WHEEL

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Instructors:
Section A – Edge Barnes
Section B – Heather Rhymes
Section C – Edge Barnes

Not quite centered yet and need a little more practice before moving on to the next level? Continuing Wheel is a refresher course of basic pottery wheel skills: centering, raising walls, trimming, finishing and glazing. Projects include refining skills of pulling handles for mugs, turning matching bowls and 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 develop throwing skills. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay [which includes firing] and use of studio tools needed during class.

Section A: Wednesdays [6 weeks], August 28 – October 2: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Tuesdays [5 weeks], November 5 – December 3: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section C: Wednesdays [5 weeks], October 16 – November 13: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class or equivalent.

Class fees by level:

Section A:  I – $90   II – $140   III – $150
Sections B & C: I – $80   II – $120   III – $130

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Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

CUSTOM TILED SERVING TRAY [Workshop]

Instructors: Jennifer Siegel and John Metzler  

Design and craft your very own wood and clay tiled serving tray, suitable for your favorite ottoman, kitchen, or a lazy morning in bed. You will begin in the Clay Studio with Jennifer, learning various tools and techniques used to design, cut and finish clay tiles. Vibrant colors of AMACO velvet underglazes will give designs an extra pop! Switching the medium, class moves into the Wood Studio with John who will guide you through the process of cutting, milling, joining and constructing the wooden tray. A selection of woods will be available. For the most part, each class will split time between both studios. Participants can expect to finish setting and grouting tile into their uniquely handcrafted tray during the final class. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the best of both studios MAKE IT HERE!

Saturday, September 7: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday, September 8: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday, September 21: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, September 22: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday, September 28: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Woodshop Machines and Handtools or equivalent.

Class fees by level: I – $105   II – $145   III – $160    Register for this class»

 

FREEFORM FACETING: EXPRESSION ON CLAY [Workshop]

Instructor: Brenda Hornsby Heindl

Faceting is the removal of clay from the surface and is a great way to challenge the limits of your work, experience playful textures, and push the boundaries of your clay. Add buoyancy to bases and explore ways to create expression on the surface. Bring your cheese slicers, rasps of different shapes and sizes, screen door wire, and a Surform tool if you’ve got it, and we’ll explore faceting sides, feet, and bases of forms, as well as discussing covers and reshaping forms once faceted. Students should come prepared to push limits, mess up, and laugh while they learn, and explore design rather than plan to make a lot of finished forms on the wheel over the weekend. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay.

Saturday, October 5: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, October 6: 10:00am – 5:00pm                

Prerequisites: Completion of Continuing Wheel or equivalent

Class fees by level: I – $80   II – $115   III – $125    Register for this class»

 

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HANDBUILDING 101

Instructors:
Section A – Fahad Al Suwaidi
Section B – Bill Gregory

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An introductory level class – no experience necessary. Pinching, coiling, soft and hard slab construction and extruding are the main methods of hand-building 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 [which includes firing] and use of specialty tools needed during class.

 

Section A: [for NC State students only] Mondays [6 weeks], August 26 – October 7 [skip Sept. 2]: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section B: Mondays [6 weeks], October 21 – November 25: 6:30 – 9:30pm              

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level – Section A:  I- $90

Class fees by level – Section B:  I- $90   II – $140   III – $150     Register for this class»

Z This class qualifies for the PunchCard & ClassPass options.

 

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INTRODUCTION TO THE POTTER’S WHEEL

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Instructors:
Section A: Jake Goodnight [NC State Student]
Section B: Colleen Adair
Section C: Heather Rhymes
Section D: Charlene Poisel

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 A: [for NC State students only] Mondays [6 weeks], August 26 – October 7 [skip Sept. 2]: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks] August 27 – October 1: *12:00 – 3:00pm
Section C: Thursdays [6 weeks], August 29 – October 3: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section D: Thursdays [5 weeks], October 17 – November 14: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level – Section A:  I- $90
Class fees by level – Sections B & C:  I- $90   II – $140   III – $150
Class fees by level – Section D:  I – $80   II – $120   III – $130

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

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Z This class qualifies for the Punchcard & ClassPass options.

 

JAPANESE TEA BOWLS: FORM & FUNCTION [Workshop]

Instructor: Barbara McKenzie

The tea bowl is the most enduring and cherished object in the long history of Japanese ceramics. Small in size (about 4″) and often casual in form, it is used for both the preparation and drinking of matcha, the powdered green tea. Its dual functions have shaped its distinctive style. On the first day, you will receive instruction on handbuilding techniques to create three distinct tea bowl styles, in addition to information on foot rings and their importance to tea bowl design and use. On the second day, you will be encouraged to use more than one hand-forming method to create a single tea bowl, examples provided. Sunday afternoon we shall gather to prepare and drink matcha from tea bowls provided by the instructor. This will offer an opportunity to ask additional questions and to share thoughts. Above all, tea drinking is a shared and social activity. Day three is for glazingClass fee includes 8 lbs. of clay.

Saturday, October 26: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, October 27: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday, November 9: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 class or equivalent.

Class fees by level: I – $65   II – $115   III – $125     Register for this class»

 

RAKU TRIO [Workshop]

Instructor: Gaines Bailey

This four-day workshop will focus on the beautiful spontaneity of the raku firing process, harnessing smoke and flame to achieve a variety of colors and patterns; traditional raku glazing, naked raku, and horse hair. We will have a group workday in the clay studio, one glazing day (with additional glazing during firing days), and two days of firing. Studio time will address how to create pieces that will have success in the firing process, dividing our time between handbuilding and wheel throwing. During firing days, Saturday’s focus well be traditional glaze applications followed by naked raku/horsehair on Sunday. Raku is primarily for decorative artwork, ready to take home the day of the firing. This workshop is intended for both first time and returning raku-ers to try something new.  Visit Gaines’ website: www.facebook.com/gainesbaileypottery.

Saturday, September 21: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Handbuilding/Pottery Wheel]
Sunday, November 17: 12:00 – 3:00pm [Glazing]
Saturday, December 7: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]
Sunday, December 8: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]

 Prerequisites: Completion of Intro to Potter’s Wheel, Handbuilding 101, or equivalent

 Class fees by level:  I – $130   II – $190   III – $205     Register for this class»

  

Wood Firing at Joseph Sand Pottery [Workshop]

Instructor: Joseph Sand

Woodfiring - stoking kilnJoseph Sand, established potter of Randleman, NC, is offering up some more space in this fall’s firing of his 40-foot-long, 8-foot-wide anagama style wood kiln! Eight lucky participants will have their endurance and skills tested as they are invited to work hands-on and learn the complexities surrounding this classic yet demanding style of firing!

At the Crafts Center, Joseph will share techniques for making wares on the wheel, suitable for wood firing. Clay slips and glazes from both the Crafts Center and Joseph’s studio will be utilized during the workshop. Group discussions covering space limitations, slips, glazes, and overall expectations regarding scheduling for November will be addressed early on. Later on site, in Randleman, NC, Joseph will share his knowledge of woodfiring from start to finish; glazing, loading, firing, and unloading. Participants are each expected to create between 20-50 pieces.

Throughout the semester, students will be meeting with the Clay Studio Manager to discuss their intended wares, explore form or slip application techniques, arrange travel schedule and to further discuss topics as needed in an effort to remain on task and on time for the final firing. Pieces for wood firing must be bisque fired. Please read through the prerequisites before registering!! Supply fee includes two bags of clay, slips, glazes, wadding and wood. Visit Joseph Sand’s website: www.josephsandpottery.com.

Notes: To give everyone a chance at this firing experience, you may not register for this class again if you participated in the fall 2018 Wood firing workshop!

Prerequisites: Advanced skill levels. Completion of Continuing Wheel, Advanced Handbuilding or equivalent. Registrants must be capable of physical requirements; lifting 25+ pounds, elevated heat exposure, smoky environment, outdoors, crouching in small kiln spaces. Students are expected to participate fully, understanding that this is not just for the purpose of receiving wood-fired pottery. Location of artist’s studio, driving distance, and time commitment must be fully considered before registering. Contact our Clay Studio Manager with any questions regarding your eligibility.

At Crafts Center

Sunday, September 8: 10:00am – 5:00pm

At Joseph’s studio – 2555 George York Road, Randleman, NC 27317

Wednesday, November 6: 11:00am – 5:00pm – GLAZING [hour for lunch]
Friday, November 8: 9:00am – 5:00pm – LOADING [hour for lunch]
Sunday, November 10: 9:00am – 3:00pm – LOADING [hour for lunch]
Saturday, November 16: 10:00am – November 17: 1:00pm – FIRING [lots of breaks/shifts for firing]
Friday, November 22: 9:00am – 3:00pm – KILN OPENING!! 

Class fees by level: I – $235   II – $340   III – $370    Register for this class»

 


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See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions »

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.