Clay

You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, to take classes at the Crafts Center. All classes include a pass for access to the Clay Studio for the current semester. Workshops do not include a studio pass.. The studio is also available for use without taking a class. Learn more about class and studio fees »

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.

Clay Birdhouses

Instructor: Marina Bosetti

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This class is for intermediate-level handbuilding folks. Using slabs and other handbuilding techniques, we will be making homes for North Carolina bluebirds, wrens, and nuthatches. Students will be instructed on the components of what makes a functioning bird haven. Houses constructed in this class will be compliant with the annual JC Raulston Arboretum’s Bird House Contest that takes place in April, should a student wish to participate. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. For more about Marina and her work, visit her website: bosettiarttile.com.

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 18 – February 22  This class has ended.

Prerequisites: Handbuilding 101 class or other equivalent class or experience.

Class fee

I = $72
II = $112
III = $122

Continuing Wheel

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Instructors: Jennifer Siegel and Jo Ellen Westmoreland

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 will be reintroduced. Projects include refining skills for 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. Students must purchase clay of their choice at the Crafts Center. Class fee includes use of studio tools needed during class. Use the included studio pass from start of semester. See Jennifer’s ceramic work at clayvoyant.com.

Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 13 – April 17   This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

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

Class fee

I = $50
II = $90
III = $100

Exploring Slip Decoration

Instructor: Edge Barnes

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Learn about a variety of applied slip decoration techniques including trailing, modulation, sodium silicate inclusion, as well as coloration from oxides and mason stains. Most techniques will be applicable to either handbuilding, or wheel thrown work, however, many demos will be wheel related, as is the instruction. This is not a throwing skills class; the focus is on decorating techniques. Class fee includes use of Clay Studio specialty tools during class. Students must purchase clay of their choice at the Crafts Center. Use the included studio pass from start of semester. See Edge’s work at www.edgebarnes.net.

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 15 – April 26 (skip Mar. 22)
This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

Prerequisites: Participants must have basic wheel throwing or handbuilding experience.

Class fee

I = $50
II = $90
III = $100

Handbuilding 101

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

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 An introductory level class – no experience necessary.
Coiling, soft and hard slab construction and extruding are the main methods of handbuilding this beginner level class introduces. Students will create functional as well as sculptural forms, such as cups, vases, 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# bag of clay and use of specialty tools needed during class. See Jennifer’s ceramic work at clayvoyant.com.

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 24 – February 28   This class has ended.

Class fee

I = $ 72
II = $ 112
III = $ 122

Handbuilding Basics and Beyond

Instructor: Barbara McKenzie

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A daytime handbuilding class for mixed skill levels, beginner to advance! Students will receive a thorough introduction to our Clay Studio, working on various handbuilding techniques as well as glazing. Intermediate students will be introduced to more complex (and compound) methods. Studio time outside of class is strongly suggested to build skills as well as finish class projects. Class fee includes one 25# bag of clay and use of specialty tools needed during class.
Note: Parking on campus during the day prior to 5:00 pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit ($5 per day). Learn more on our Parking Permits webpage before signing up for this class.

Tuesday mornings for 6 weeks, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., February 7 – March 21 (skip Mar. 7)  

This class has ended.

Class fee

I = $ 72
II = $ 112
III = $ 122

Intermediate/Advanced Potters Wheel

Instructor: Edge Barnes

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This is not a beginner level class. Class open only to students proficient in centering, opening and raising walls of cylinders, bowls and closed forms. Class will focus on improving those skills and will introduce methods of making thinner and more attractive forms. Handles, lids and spouts will be included. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills. Class fee includes use of Clay Studio specialty tools during class. Students must purchase clay of their choice at the Crafts Center. Use the included studio pass from start of semester. See Edge’s work at www.edgebarnes.net.

Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 16 – April 27 (skip Mar. 23)

Prerequisites: Participants must have completed the Continuing Wheel class or equivalent and be proficient in centering, opening and raising walls of cylinders, bowls and closed forms.

Class fee

I = $50
II = $90
III = $100

Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel

Instructors:  Section ACharlene Poisel; Section B Colleen Adair;
Section C Edge Barnes; Section D Jo Ellen Westmoreland; Section E – Edge Barnes

Intro to Potter's Wheel

Would you like to learn how to work on the pottery wheel? This class covers the fundamentals of throwing basic forms: wedging, centering, pulling & shaping walls to make cylinder forms, mugs, and bowls. You then will 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# bag of clay and use of studio tools needed during class.

Section AMonday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 23 – February 27  Section A has ended.  

Section BTuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 17 – February 21  Section B has ended.

Section C: Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 19 – February 23 Section C has ended.

Section D: (for NC State Students only) Friday mornings for 6 weeks, 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., January 20 – February 24   Section D has ended.

Section E: Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 25 – March 1   Section E has ended.

Class fee

(Sections A, B & C)
I = $72
II = $112
III = $122

(Section D)
I = $64

Raku Firing

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Instructor: Conrad Weiser

A two-day Raku firing event that includes a clay studio pass for the semester. Bring your pots in the biscuit state, ready to decorate. Glazes will be furnished, but you may bring your own. (All students participating in the Raku Firing for the first time at the Crafts Center are required to attend an introductory discussion of techniques and a video that will help in planning appropriate forms for Raku firing). Class fee includes one 25# bag of Raku clay, use of raku glazes, and gas for firing. You can use the included studio pass from start of semester. Visit Conrad’s website: conradwaltonweiser.com.

Introductory Session & Demo: Saturday, January 21, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Raku Firing: Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »  

Prerequisites: Completion of an introductory potter’s wheel class or handbuilding class.

Class fee

I = $ 74
II = $ 114
III = $ 124

Tiny Tea Sets

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

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For intermediate/advanced level students only. The focus of this class will be designing a personalized tea set: teapot, tea cups, saucers, creamer, sugar jar and tray (optional). We will first look at photos of teapots made around the world, for inspiration, before we begin planning our designs on day one. Functionality will be an important factor, however, sculptural elements achieved through throwing and altering, carving or slip decoration will be encouraged. Students must purchase clay of their choice at the Crafts Center. Class fee includes use of studio tools needed during class. Use the included studio pass from start of semester. See Jennifer’s ceramic work at clayvoyant.com.

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 14 – April 18

Prerequisites: Students must possess intermediate to advanced level wheel throwing skills.

Class fee

I = $50
II = $90
III = $100

For NC State students only

Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel-Section D and Crafternoons: Sessions D & E.  View details and see more classes for NC State students only»

Register for classes

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Cancellations

To receive a refund, you must notify the Crafts Center staff of a cancellation at least seven days before the class or workshop begins; $10 is non-refundable. If the class or workshop is cancelled by the Crafts Center, you will receive a full refund.

Absences

To get the most out of your class, we recommend you attend each session. We do not offer make-up sessions for missed classes.