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 Pendant Necklaces

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Clay Pendant Necklaces

Using ceramic bead bars for firing in our gas kiln and high temp wire for firing in our raku kiln, this course is perfect for any jewelry enthusiast and offers two firing styles for the price of one! Stamped, carved, smooth or slipped – it’s your choice, and you’ll get to make many of them. We will spend a few days creating our pieces and then return for glazing, firing and final assembly. Class fee includes 2.5# of porcelain, 2.5# of raku clay, two bead bars (Cone 10 – yours to keep), raku bead wire, Cone 10 firing, a raku firing session, and leather cord, bails, and clasps for assembling necklaces. Use the included studio pass from start of semester. See Jennifer’s ceramic work at clayvoyant.com.

Thursdays: June 1, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (making raku beads); June 8, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (making porcelain beads); June 15, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (glazing); and June 29, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (assembling)

Saturday, June 24, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. (raku firing)

Class fee

I = $ 75
II = $ 108
III = $ 116

Continuing Wheel

Instructor: Gaines Bailey

continuing-wheel

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 Gaines’ ceramic work at facebook.com/gainesbaileypottery.

Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., May 18 – June 22

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

Class fee

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

Introduction to Handbuilding

Instructors:  Section AMarina Bosetti; Section B 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 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. 

Section A: Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., May 15 – June 26 (skip May 29)

Section B: Tuesday mornings* for 6 weeks, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., May 16 – June 20

*Note: Parking on campus during the day prior to 5:00 pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit ($5 per day). Learn more on our website before signing up for this class. 

Class fee

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

Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel

Instructors:  Section ACharlene Poisel; Section B Colleen Adair

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., May 15 – June 26 (skip May 29)

Section B: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., May 16 – June 20

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

Throwing with Porcelain

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Throwing with Porcelain

An intermediate to advanced level class. The struggle is real – throwing on the pottery wheel with porcelain can be difficult, even scary… Understandable, considering it’s a clay body with slightly different rules. Register for this five-week course to build your skills and perhaps conquer the fear of turning with porcelain. Projects focus 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 porcelain (Standard 257) and use of studio tools needed for class. Use the included studio pass from start of semester. See Jennifer’s ceramic work at clayvoyant.com.

Friday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., June 2 – 30

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

Class fee

I = $ 67
II = $ 100
III = $ 108

Register for classes

See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions »

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.

If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, please use our online Cancellation Form »

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.