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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 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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Clay Pumpkin Patch (Workshop)

Instructor: Jennifer SiegelClay Pumpkin Patch

Back for the fifth year by popular demand and bigger than ever – 100 Clay Pumpkins!! Register for a seat in this unique carving activity where our Clay Studio Manager provides each participant with a wheel–thrown clay jack–o–lantern! The artistic possibilities are endless!

Section A: Monday, October 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Section B: Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Section C: Thursday, October 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

 

Class fee

I = $ 12
II = $ 17
III = $ 20

Continuing Wheel

Instructor: Gaines Bailey

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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. This is 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. See Gaines’ ceramic work at facebook.com/gainesbaileypottery.

Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 16 – November 20

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

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $58
II = $104
III = $116

Functional Pottery: Sets and Multiples

Instructor: Edge BarnesFunctional Pots-Sets & Multiples

Explore approaches for designing a set or functional family of pottery. Learn methods, tools and techniques for repeating multiples of individual items. In your own design, you will create a set of related pieces with two or more functional items and produce a complete set of four of each. Discussions and demonstrations will include considerations of style versus difficulty of making, tools, jigs, templates and devices for repeatability of form and shape. Class includes the use of studio tools needed during class. Students must purchase their clay at the Crafts Center. See Edge’s work at www.edgebarnes.net.

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 11 – November 15

Prerequisites: Participants must have completed the Continuing Wheel class or equivalent.

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $58
II = $104
III = $116

Intermediate/Advanced Potter’s Wheel

Instructor: Edge Barnes
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Open only to students proficient in the basic skills of wheel throwing. Focus on improving your turning skills while introducing methods of making thinner and more attractive forms. Additional techniques of handles, lids and spouts will be included during this course. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills and to finish projects. Class fee includes use of Clay Studio specialty tools during class. Students must purchase clay of their choice at the Crafts Center. See Edge’s work at www.edgebarnes.net.

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 30 – October 4

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: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $58
II = $104
III = $116

Beginner's green asteriskIntroduction to Handbuilding

Instructors:  Section AMarina Bosetti; Section B Jennifer SiegelSection C Barbara McKenzie

Intro to Handbuilding
 An introductory level class – no experience necessary.
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 and use of specialty tools needed during class.

Section A: Tuesday mornings* for 6 weeks, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, August 22 – September 26 

Section B: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 22 – September 26 

Section C: Thursday mornings* for 6 weeks, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, September 7 – October 19 (skip Oct. 5)

*Note: Parking on campus during the day prior to 5:00 pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit. Please refer to parking rules and information.  

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $ 90
II = $ 136
III = $ 148

Beginner's green asteriskIntroduction to the Potter’s Wheel

Instructors: Section A – Gretchen Quinn: Section B Colleen Adair;  Section C Edge Barnes; Section D Charlene Poisel; Section E Jo Ellen Westmoreland
Intro to Potter's Wheel

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 AMonday mornings* for 6 weeks, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., August 21 – October 2 (skip Sept. 4)

Section B: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 22 – September 26

Section C: Wednesday mornings* for 6 weeks, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., August 30 – October 4

Section D: Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 24 – September 28

Section E: (for NC State Students only) Friday mornings* for 6 weeks, 9:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., August 25 – September 29

*Note: Parking on campus during the day prior to 5:00 pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit. Please refer to parking rules and information.

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio
I = $ 90
II = $ 136
III = $ 146

Section E: I = $81

Mason Stains

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

An intermediate to advanced level class. What are mason stains and are they for high fire? Learn to use them in clay and glazes so you can expand the creativity in your home studio or to spice up your work at the Crafts Center. Each member will work with a different color, relying on class participation for a full rainbow of take-home test tiles. This class begins with mixing mason stains into clay and clay slips, playing with application techniques while sharing color experience as a group. After exploring basic wet clay techniques, move on to discovering how mason stains can affect the color of glazes. After all tests have been gas fired, we will meet again to discuss our results. Class fee includes 5 lbs. of 257 clay, 5 lbs. Zella stone, mason stains, and specialty tools needed during class. See Jennifer’s ceramic work at clayvoyant.com.

Thursday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 19 – November 30 (skip Nov. 16 & 23)

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

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $ 69
II = $ 107
III = $ 118

Beginner's green asteriskMy First Raku Experience

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

My First Raku Experience

First–timers only please! Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of raku! Join us for wet clay work on the pottery wheel     as well as hand-building. We will be creating a minimum of 8 pieces each that will allow for multiple glazing and firing styles all achieved using the Crafts Center’s large raku kiln. Experience the beauty of decorative, metallic raku glaze surfaces as well as an exploration in naked raku and horse-hair firing techniques. After completing this class, you will be able to register for a future  raku firing weekend! Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of raku clay [includes handling and firing], use of raku glazes, and safety equipment. See Jennifer’s ceramic work at clayvoyant.com.

Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 21 – October 2 (skip Sept. 4, 11, & Oct. 9) and

Saturday and Sunday, October 14 – 15, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm [raku firing]

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

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $ 126
II = $ 199
III = $ 218

Raku Firing Weekend (Workshop)

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

raku firing

Is raku your favorite firing style? If so, register for this two- day raku firing event and start creating wares out of raku clay. Bring your bisqueware and spend two days glazing in between the active flow of kiln loads. You may bring your own glazes to share, along with some unique application techniques! Class fee includes use of raku glazes, safety equipment, and gas for firing. See Gaines’s ceramic work at: facebook.com/gainesbaileypottery and Jennifer’s ceramic work at clayvoyant.com.

Saturday and Sunday, October 21 – 22, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Prerequisites: Participants must have prior raku firing experience. NOT for beginners.

Class fee

I = $ 84
II = $ 124
III = $ 135

Throwing and Altering

Instructor: Gaines Bailey

Throwing and Altering

Some of the most interesting ceramic pieces are made by manipulating the clay after turning it on the wheel. Each week we will try out a different process to alter thrown vessels. These techniques will be applied to a variety of functional forms. Demonstrations and assistance will also be provided for strengthening throwing skills and glazing. Class includes the use of studio tools needed during class. Students will purchase clay of their choosing at the Crafts Center. See Gaines’ ceramic work at facebook.com/gainesbaileypottery.

Thursday mornings* for 6 weeks, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., September 7 – October 19 (skip Oct. 5)

Prerequisites: Completion of Continuing Wheel class or equivalent.

*Note: Parking on campus during the day prior to 5:00 pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit. Please refer to parking rules and information.  

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $58
II = $104
III = $116

 

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 our online Cancellation Form »

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.