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. Students will only have access to the studio for the duration of the class to practice during the timeframe in which the class is being conducted. Classes listed with this symbol: Z provide participants options to utilize a PunchCard and/or purchase a ClassPass:

OPTION 1: PunchCard can be utilized for three additional studio visits after the class has ended to complete [only] projects started in class. The card will be made available on the last day of class.

OPTION 2: ClassPass is offered for designated classes and extends studio access beyond the actual time frame of the class. Students enrolled in second session continuing classes [meaning halfway or more through the semester] will be able to purchase a ClassPass to utilize prior to the start of class – pending enrollment verification.

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 and Workshops 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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BEYOND BASIC HANDBUILDING

Instructors:
Section A: Jennifer Siegel
Section B: Jo Ellen Westmoreland

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: Thursdays [6 weeks] January 9 – February 13: 6:30 – 9:30pm                 

Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks] March 17 – April 21: *12:00 – 3:00pm                      

Prerequisites: Completion of Hand building 101 or equivalent.

Class fees by level: I – $90   II – $140   III – $150      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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

Z [Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS].

 

CONTINUING WHEEL

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Instructors:
Section A – Gretchen Quinn
Section B – Heather Rhymes
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 [which includes firing] and use of studio tools needed during class.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks] January 7 – February 11: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Thursdays [6 weeks] January 9 – February 13: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section C: Wednesdays [6 weeks] February 26 – April 8 [skip March 11]: 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»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

Z [Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

DRESSING YOUR VESSELS

Instructor: Marina Bosetti

Learn how to use classic dress-making and seamstress techniques to shape and control your large coil pots. Throwing skills are helpful in this beginner level handbuilding class, but not required. Students will be making vessels up to 23” tall and all tools will be provided. Supply fee includes 25 pounds of clay.

Wednesdays [6 weeks] January 8 – February 19 [skip February 12]: 6:30 – 9:30pm         

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 class or equivalent

Class fees by level:   I – $90   II – $140   III – $150      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]
Z [Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

 

 

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HANDBUILDING 101

Instructors:
Section A – Laura Korch
Section B – Bill Gregory
Section C – Heather Rhymes

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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: Mondays [6 weeks] January 6 – February 17 [skip January 20]: 6:30 – 9:30pm 

Section B: Mondays [6 weeks] March 16 – April 20: 6:30 – 9:30pm  

Section C: Tuesdays [6 weeks] March 17 – April 21: 6:30 – 9:30pm             

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  I- $90   II – $140   III – $150     Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

Z [Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

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HEARTS A’FIRE [Workshop]

Instructor: Sylvia Richardson

Surprise your favorite someone[s] for Valentine’s Day with whimsical, handmade, one-of-a-kind clay heart wall hangings. You will create two to three hearts, approximately 7“ x 6“, using a variety of handbuilding techniques and surface finishes designed to produce successful results with any level of expertise.  Class includes 5 pounds of clay, lovely AMACO velvet underglazes, and all the tools you will need. Experienced clay artists and beginners are welcome.

Tuesdays [3 weeks] January 14 – 28: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: I – $50   II – $70   III – $80  Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

 

 

 

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INTRODUCTION TO THE POTTER’S WHEEL

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Instructors:
Section A – Jake Goodnight [NC State Student]
Section B –  Edge Barnes
Section C – Jazz Moe [NC State Student]
Section D – Charlene Poisel

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 A: Mondays [6 weeks] January 13 – February 24 [skip January 20]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Wednesdays [6 weeks] January 8– February 12]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section C: [for NC State students only] Tuesdays [6 weeks] March 17 – April 21: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section D: Thursdays [6 weeks] March 19 – April 23: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level – Section A, B & D: I- $90   II – $140   III – $150
Class fees by level – Section C:  I – $90

Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

Z [Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

LASER TRANSFERS AND DECALS [Workshop]

Instructor: Liz Kelly

Why stop at glaze?! Help your pottery reach its full potential with decals and transfers! This class addresses applying commercialcolor decals and making custom laser transfers. Think photographs, favorite symbols, quotes, colorful flowers, animals, etc. We’ll make responsive compositions on your handmade ceramics. Wares will be fired multiple times to achieve a layered depth. Please bring a selection of fully glaze-fired, handmade ceramics with you for decal applications. Limit 4-8 pieces depending on size. Come extra prepared with selected images and [for those who wish to do custom images] bring a laptop with Photoshop. Photoshop and print-sheet prep demo will be a part of this workshop. Roundtable critiques of fired pieces expected. Supply fee includes transfer paper, decals, hp ink, application supplies, and electric firings.

Note: Please contact The Crafts Center if you have questions regarding size limitations or the type of ware you wish to fire. All cones are welcome but your pieces MUST be handmade.

Section A: Tuesdays [2 weeks] February 18 and 25: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Section B: Mondays [2 weeks] March 16 and 23: *12:00 – 2:00pm

Section C: Mondays [2 weeks] April 13 and 20: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Prerequisites: Must bring a selection of glazed, fully-fired, handmade ceramics with you for decal applications. Limit 4-8 pieces depending on size.

Class fees by level:     I – $40     II – $50     III – $50      Register for this class» [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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

 

MAKE IT SHINE! [Workshop]

Instructor: Gretchen Quinn

Sometimes a pot needs just a little sparkle. This two session workshop will teach you all the ins and outs of applying yellow or white gold luster to your finished glazed pots. You’ll learn resources for purchasing your luster, important health and safety practices, as well as all firing requirements. A special luster firing will be done just for your class after the first night, providing an opportunity for the class to critique your work and for you to apply a second round of luster to your next round of wares. Please bring a selection of fully-fired, handmade ceramics with you for luster applications. Limit 4-8 pieces depending on size. Supply fee includes lusters, brushes, safety gear, and two firings.

Section A: Tuesdays [2 weeks] February 18 – 25: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Section B Mondays [2 weeks] March 16 – 23: *12:00 – 2:00pm

Section C: Mondays [2 weeks] April 13 –20: 6:00 – 8:00pm     

Prerequisites: Must bring a selection of glazed, fully-fired, handmade ceramics with you for decal applications. Limit 4-8 pieces depending on size.

Class fees by level: I – $65   II – $80   III – $85      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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

 

OUT-OF-ROUND

Instructor: Sherry Nicholson

If you’re looking for some new ideas when working with your favorite forms then register for this class! You will begin with pieces made at the wheel but then reconstruct them with cutting, darting, paddling and reshaping techniques. Each piece will be a completely altered, out-of-round creation – unique to your new style of making. Supply fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay and use of studio tools needed during class.                                      

Fridays [6 weeks] February 21 – April 3 [skip March 13]: *12:00 – 3:00pm       

Prerequisites: Completion of Continuing Wheel class or equivalent

Class fees by level:   I – $90   II – $140   III – $150      Register for this class»    [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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

Z [Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

PADDLING FOR STRENGTH AND STYLE [Workshop]

Instructor: Rosalie Midyette

Paddling for Strength and Style (2)Paddling is an effective way to join slabs, strengthen walls, define curvature and texturize. Use your paddle on interior and exterior walls to accentuate archways and to shape the silhouette of a sculpture or functional pottery. Rosalie will introduce her paddling techniques, beginning with an open vessel [thrown or hand-built]. We will discuss the limits of paddling, and discover our rhythm as our work is manipulated gently and also aggressively. Rosalie will demonstrate when to use force on the clay, the proper consistencies for texture and allow sampling of her custom tools. You are welcome to bring a few leather hard pieces to the workshop, but not required, as simple forms for trying new techniques will be created during the workshop.

Saturday, April 18: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, April 19: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Continuing Wheel class, Beyond Basics of Handbuilding class or equivalent

Class fees by level:  I – $80   II – $115   III – $125      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

PETITE POTS [Workshop]

Instructor: Jake Goodnight [NC State student]

Wouldn’t it be fun to throw small amounts of clay and create miniature masterpieces? This class will teach you tips and tricks to do just that! Learn to throw small vases, mugs, and other pots on a VERY small scale! Petite pots are great, whether on a necklace or as a stand-alone gift. Techniques such as throwing off the hump, raising small diameters, making/attaching handles will be addressed, as well as necklace assembly. As always, come prepared to learn, get your hands [a little] dirty, and make it here!

Mondays [3 weeks] March 23 – April 6: 6:30 – 9:30pm

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

Class fees by level:   I – $35   II – $60   III – $65      Register for this class»    [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

 

 

POT DWELLERS [Workshop]

Instructor: Sylvia Richardson

Students will make hands, feet, and a head, then attach them to a cylinder which will then be manipulated to create a pot in which objects may dwell such as flowers, brushes, and kitchen utensils. Surface design will be emphasized using texture and AMACO velvet underglazes. This three-session class will include 25 pounds of clay, colorful underglazes, and all the tools you’ll need.

Tuesdays [3 weeks] February 11 – 25: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 class or equivalent.

Class fees by level:   I – $105   II – $125   III – $130      Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

 

 

 

 

RAKU FIRING [Workshop]

Instructor: Gaines Bailey

Is raku firing on your to-do list? If so, register for this firing event and bring your bisque ware in April, ready to glaze and spend two days glazing in between the active flow of kiln loads. Raku is primarily for decorative artwork, ready to take home the day of the firing. An orientation early in the semester will cover topics such as recommended wares for firing, glazing application/schedule, and firing-weekends expectations. This workshop is intended for both first time and returning raku-ers to try something new. Glazes will be furnished, although you may bring your own to share, along with some unique application techniques! Class fee includes a 25 lb. bag of raku clay and use of raku glazes, safety equipment, and gas for firing. This workshop does NOT include a studio membership. Visit Gaines’ website: www.facebook.com/gainesbaileypottery.

Saturday, January 25: 12:00 – 1:00pm [Orientation]\
Saturday, April 4: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]
Sunday, April 5: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]

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

Class fees by level:  I – $105   II – $145   III – $155    Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

  

 

 


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.