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. 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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BIG A** POTS

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

BigAssPotGet in our studio for a three-day weekend of throwing on a very large scale! We will be working through the crafting stages of large vessels; techniques for centering 25 pounds of clay, base turning, coiling, paddling, drying, forming and finishing. Participants in the workshop should be fully capable of lifting 50 pounds, have experience centering 10+ pounds of clay, and a full weekend to commit to this BIG project! Students will end the semester with a fully fired, fifty pound pot-of-pride!

 Friday, May 24; 5:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, May 25; 11:00 – 4:00pm
Sunday, May 26; 12:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday, July 6: 11:00-1:00pm [glazing]

Prerequisites: Completion of advanced level courses; experience throwing larger forms of 10 pounds or more.

Class fees by level: I – $115   II – $160   III – $170   Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio

 

CONTINUING WHEEL

Instructor: Heather Rhymes

continuing-wheelNot 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.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], June 5 – July 10: 6:30 – 9:30pm

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

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

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

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HANDBUILDING 101

Instructor: Jo Ellen Westmoreland   

handbuildingAn 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.

Tuesdays [6 weeks], May 21 – July 2 [skip June 11]: 6:30 – 9:30pm                

Prerequisites: none

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

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

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INTRODUCTION TO THE POTTER’S WHEEL

Instructors:

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

potter's wheel classThis 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: Mondays [6 weeks], May 20 – July 1 [skip May 27]: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks] May 21 – July 2 [skip May 28]: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section C: Thursdays [6 weeks], May 16 June 20: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

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

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

THROWING WITH PORCELAIN

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Throwing with PorcelainThe struggle is real —throwing on the pottery wheel with porcelain clay can be difficult, even scary… Understandable, considering it’s a clay body with slightly different rules. Register for this six week course to build your skills and perhaps conquer the fear of turning with porcelain. Projects focused on throwing techniques for basic forms and discussion revolving around porcelain behavior from wet to dry and on into firing. Class fee includes one 25# bag of Standard 257 and use of studio tools needed during class.

Fridays [6 weeks], May 31 – July 12 [skip July 5]:  6:00 – 9:00pm

 Prerequisites: Completion of Continuing Wheel class or equivalent.

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

Includes semester membership for this studio.

   

Register for classes

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.