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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Altering & Surface Decoration

Instructor: Edge Barnes

exploring-slip-decorationCreate exciting surfaces on your pots! Explore diverse methods for altering & modifying wheel thrown forms as well as a variety of surface decoration methods, including fluting, sprigging, carving, impressed texture, faceting, etc. A large number of stamps and tools for texturing will be available during class and you will learn how to easily make your own personalized texturing tools. While the focus of the class will not be on glazing, we will discuss how different surfaces react with and enhance glazes. Form alteration will be on wheel thrown pieces; however, much of the surface decoration is applicable to hand formed pieces and hand builders are welcome. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills.Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay. Visit Edge’s website: www.edgebarnes.net.

Thursdays [6 weeks], January 10 – February 14; 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Continuing Wheel or equivalent.

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

Includes semester membership for this studio

 

Beyond Basic Handbuilding

Instructors:

Section A: Barbara McKenzie

Section B: 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.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks], March 19 – April 23, *10:30am – 1:30pm
Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks], March 19 – April 23, 6:30 – 9:30pm

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

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 or equivalent.

Includes semester membership for this studio

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

 

Continuing Wheel

Instructors:
Section A: Gretchen Quinn
Section B: Sherry Nicholson
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 and use of studio tools needed during class.

Section A: Mondays [6 weeks], January 7 – February 18 [skip Jan. 21]: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks], March 19 – April 23: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section C: Wednesdays [6 weeks], March 20 – April 24: 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.

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

Beginner's green asteriskHandbuilding 101

Instructors:
Section A: Jennifer Siegel
Section B: Jo Ellen Westmoreland   
Handbuilding 101-Sec A

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: Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 8 – February 12: 6:30 – 9:30pm                

Section B:[for NC State students only] Fridays [6 weeks], January 25 – March 1: 9:45am – 12:15pm                

Prerequisites: none

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

Includes semester membership for this studio.

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

 

Handcrafted Candles [Workshop]

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Using basic handbuilding and/or pottery wheel skills, design and create small and large, unique dish forms for single and multiple wick candles. Participants can expect to make at least 10-15 candles of varying sizes. Candles will be made using 100% natural and kosher soy wax! A few essential oils will be available on the third class day to sweeten the scents of your new home decor.

Saturday, January 26: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, January 27: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Saturday, February 9: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday, March 2: 10:00am – 2:00pm

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

Class fees by level: I – $85   II – $124   III – $135   Register for this class»

 

Beginner's green asteriskIntroduction to the Potter’s Wheel

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

Intro to 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: Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 8 – February 12: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: [for NC State students only] Wednesdays [6 weeks], January 9 – February 13: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section C: Mondays [6 weeks] March 18 – April 22: *10:30am – 1:30pm  

Section D: Thursdays [6 weeks], March 21 – April 25: 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.

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

 

Raku Workshop

Instructor: Gaines Bailey

RakuThis four-day workshop will focus on the beautiful spontaneity of the raku firing process, harnessing smoke and flame to achieve a variety of colors in a short amount of time. We will have two hands-on workdays in the studio and two days of firing. Studio time will address how to create pieces that will have success in the firing process with handbuilding one day and wheel throwing the next.  Glazing techniques will be discussed throughout the course. Raku is primarily for decorative artwork, and you can take home your pieces the day of the firing.  This course is intended for both first time and returning raku-ers to try something new.  Visit Gaines’ website: www.facebook.com/gainesbaileypottery.

Sunday, January 12: 10:00am – 2:00pm [Handbuilding]

Saturday, February 2: 10:00am – 2:00pm [Pottery Wheel]

Saturday, April 13: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]

Sunday, April 14: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]

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

Class fees by level:I – $120   II – $180   III – $190   Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

Sacred Spaces

Instructor: Marina Bosetti

Sacred Spaces 1This intermediate-advanced class will focus on stiff slab construction. Using the slabs like wood, we’ll build structures to hold drawers, alcoves, windows, and doors that will alternately hide and reveal inner treasures. Structural options include bird/spirit houses, reliquaries, and books. Decorating techniques will be discussed and some demonstrated. Participants are encouraged to bring precious things to hide and/or reveal. Studio time outside of class is strongly suggested to build skills as well as finish class projects. Supplies included. Visit Marina’s’s website: www.bosettiarttile.com.

Thursdays [6 weeks] March 21 – April 25: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 or equivalent

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

Includes semester membership for this studio

 

 

Whimsical, Colorful Clay!

Instructor: Sylvia Richardson

Whimsical, ColorfulClay_Sylvia RichardsonExplore form, surface and function while creating whimsical characters using handbuilding methods and colorful AMACO underglazes.  Demonstrations will include how to make heads, hands, paws, and legs as well as the use of brightly colored underglazes to create interesting and unique surface designs. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas and inspiration to make work that tells a personal story. Supply fee includes 25 pounds of clay and 12 ounces of AMACO® underglazes.

Mondays [6 weeks], February 11 – March 25 [skip March 11]:  6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 plus additional intermediate level handbuilding courses or equivalent.

Class fees by level: I – $110   II – $160   III – $170   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.