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 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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Bowls and Bakers

Instructor: Edge Barnes

It is generally said bowls are the easiest form to make on the wheel. While it is true that spinning clay wants to expand outward in what is basically a bowl form, it takes skill to make a well–formed and weighted bowl suitable for daily use. Explore a variety of bowl forms, including mixing, serving, dessert, soup, and salad. Also on the menu are the bakers –– apple, chicken, and brie. To round out, a couple of specialty items, colanders, berry bowls, and yarn bowls.  Supplies included. See Edge’s work at www.edgebarnes.net.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], January 10 – February 14, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148
Includes semester membership for this studio

Beginner's green asteriskBowls and Mugs

Bowls and MugsInstructor: Marina Bosetti

Learn the basics of handbuilding while creating mugs and bowls to use at home. The course will cover handbuilding techniques of soft and hard slab construction, texturing, pinching, and coiling. Embellishing with handles and surface decoration using slips, stains, and wax will be explored as part of each class using glaze as the finishing touch. Studio time outside of class is strongly suggested to build skills as well as finish class projects. Supplies included. View Marina’s work at: www.bosettiarttile.com.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], March 12 – April 16, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148
Includes semester membership for this studio

Coloring Clays

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Changing the color of a clay body is easy, fun and rewarding! Utilizing mason stains can result in some very vibrant work, whether wheel thrown or handbuilt. Register and find out if mason stains are the next big addition to your studio work. Students will receive enough mason stain for class projects as well as extended use outside of class.

Section A: AGATEWARE ON THE POTTER’S WHEEL            

Coloring Clays - AgatewareAgateware is simply defined as pottery produced using a combination of contrasting colored clays. This short and sweet class will introduce you to agateware techniques with the use of mason stains. Mixing colored clay, turning, trimming, and glazing will be the focus. Supplies included.

Fridays [3 weeks], January 26, February 2 & 16 (skip February 9), 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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

Class fees by level:  I – $49     II – $72     III – $78

Section B: BODIES OF COLOR   

Give your slabs and coils a makeover with mason stains! Spend a couple weeks mixing colors into clay that will be used for rolling coils and texturing slabs. Glazing on the final night, this 3-week class is sure to inspire! Supplies included.

Fridays [3 weeks], March 16 – April 6 (skip March 30), 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of Handbuilding 101 or equivalent

Class fees by level:  I – $53     II – $76     III – $82

Continuing Wheel

Instructors:  Section A – Sherry Nicholson; Section B – Gretchen Quinn

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. 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.

Section A: Thursdays [6 weeks], January 25 – March 1, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.*

Section B: Mondays [6 weeks], March 12 – April 16, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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

*Note: Parking on campus prior to 5:00 p.m. requires a Visitor Parking Permit ($5 daily). Visit this web page for more info.

Class fees by level:  I – $58     II – $104     III – $116
Includes semester membership for this studio.

Doors to Drawers

Instructor: Marina Bosetti

Doors to DrawersThis 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. See Marina’s work at: www.bosettiarttile.com.

Mondays [6 weeks], January 22 – February 26, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of Handbuilding 101 or equivalent

Class fees by level:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148
Includes semester membership for this studio.

Foil Sagar Firing

Instructor: Edge Barnes

Foil Saggar FiringThe class will consist of two sessions. The first will be a introduction to the process, including a Powerpoint presentation, focusing on clays, surfaces, and forms which favorably lend themselves to the firing process. Finished work will be on hand for examples of the final objective. Students will have access to both the wheel and handbuilding areas of the studio to begin work with instructor assistance and feedback. Note: All bisque ware must be fired to cone 09. The second session will consist of two firing days at the instructor’s studio with a total of three firings in a 22” x 22” x 36” kiln, adequate volume for all participants to have a reasonable number of pieces completed. Instruction will include specific information on materials and their application, preparation of pieces for firing, firing options, schedules and temperatures, as well as post-firing treatment and enhancement processes. Students will prepare their pieces for firing and participate in the loading, firing and unloading of the kiln so as to experience the entire process. 25# clay included; $10 materials fee, payable to instructor at the first class session. See Edge’s work at www.edgebarnes.net.

Saturday, January 20, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 8, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

Class fees by level:  I – $107     II – $165     III – $179
Includes semester membership for this studio

Beginner's green asteriskHandbuilding 101

Instructors:  Section A – Barbara McKenzie; Section B – Jennifer Siegel

Handbuilding 101-Sec ACoiling, 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 a 25 lb. bag of clay and use of specialty tools needed during class.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 16 – February 20, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.*

Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 23 – February 27, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 

*Note: Parking on campus prior to 5:00 p.m. requires a Visitor Parking Permit ($5 daily). Visit this web page for more info.

Class fees by level:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148
Includes semester membership for this studio

Ikebana Vase

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Ikebana VaseApril showers bring May flowers for your handmade ikebana vase! Soft and hard slab techniques will be utilized for in-class construction, customized with unique carving, slip, or stamping patterns that rely on your personal style. Glazing on the second night and fired before the last class where assembly and arrangement will be the focus. Supplies included.

Tuesdays [3 weeks], April 3, 17 & May 1 (skip April 24), 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of Handbuilding 101 or equivalent

Class fees by level:  I – $45     II – $68     III – $74

Beginner's green asteriskIntroduction to the Potter’s Wheel

Instructors: Section A – Gretchen Quinn: Section B Colleen Adair;  Section C Charlene Poisel; Section D Jo Ellen Westmoreland;  Section E Edge Barnes; Section F – Heather Rhymes; Section G – Jake Goodnight (an NC State student)

Intro to Potter's WheelThis 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, kiln firings, and use of studio tools needed during class.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 23 – February 27, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.*

Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 16 – February 20, 6 – 9 p.m.

Section C: Thursdays [6 weeks], January 18 – February 22, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Section D: [for NC State students only] Fridays [6 weeks], January 12 – February 16, 9:45 am – 12:15 p.m.

Section E: Wednesdays [6 weeks], March 14 – April 18, 6 – 9 p.m.

Section FThursdays [6 weeks], March 15 – April 19, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Section G[for NC State students only] Fridays [6 weeks], March 16 – April 27 (skip March 30), 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

*Note: Parking on campus prior to 5:00 p.m. requires a Visitor Parking Permit ($5 daily). Visit this web page for more info.

Class fees by level:

Sections A – C and E – G:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148

Section D: I – $81

Includes semester membership for this studio.

Pottery is for the Birds

Instructor: Sherry Nicholson

Pottery for the BirdsIt’s all about the birds — birdhouses, birdfeeders, birdbaths. Get ready for spring and the return of feather friends by encouraging birds to nest, feed, and play in your garden. Work with larger amounts of clay, build individual pieces and join those pieces to attract the birds you want to welcome into your garden. Supplies included.

Mondays [6 weeks], January 22 – February 26, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: Completion of Continuing Wheel or equivalent

Class fees by level:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148
Includes semester membership for this studio.

Raku Firing

Instructor: Gaines Bailey

raku firing

This 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 one hands-on lesson to address how to make pots on the pottery wheel, as well as one lesson in handbuilding that will be successful in raku, and two firing days where you can take home your pieces the same day. This process is primarily for decorative artwork. Supplies included. See Gaines’s ceramic work at: facebook.com/gainesbaileypottery.

Sunday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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

Class fees by level:  I – $129     II – $205     III – $224
Includes semester membership for this studio.

Scripted Clay

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Scripted ClayIf only we could run our clay through a printer! Lettering is a fabulous, expressive way to decorate your work but also tedious in execution. Font, sizing, depth, and glaze are integral parts of the design. This class will offer basic instruction for lettering on clay through techniques including carving, slip decoration, and simple transfer. Supplies included.

Thursdays [4 weeks], January 18 – February 15 (skip February 8), 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of Handbuilding 101 or equivalent

Class fees by level:  I – $49     II – $79     III – $87

Open to all_blue circleThe Extended Pot

Instructor: Barbara McKenzie

The Extended PotThe extended pot often has humble origins – starting as a small bowl or cup. Through the addition of coils, clay strips, or clay pieces of varying shapes, the simple pot grows in size and complexity. The added pieces can be impressed with a variety of textures, or left unaltered. Each layer must dry sufficiently to support successive layers, allowing the potter time to make decisions about height, width, contour, and texture. Handles, lids, and feet can be added. Frequently, two to three will be under construction at any one time. Supplies included.

Tuesdays [6 weeks], March 13 – April 17, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.*

Prerequisite: None

Class fees by level:  I – $90     II – $136     III – $148
Includes semester membership for this studio.

*Note: Parking on campus prior to 5:00 p.m. requires a Visitor Parking Permit ($5 daily). Visit this web page for more info.

Tiles with Texture

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Tiles With TextureTexture all the things! Surface application variety is endless — explore options that could enhance your future creations. Each class will get you to carve, slip, impress, build, fold, twist, layer, form, smear, poke, evoke, design, and invent textures on tile until you drop! Glazing will occur on the final night. Prepare to share because this class is bound to inspire! Supplies included.

Thursdays [5 weeks], March 15 – April 12, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of Handbuilding 101 or equivalent

Class fees by level:  I – $73     II – $104     III – $112
Includes semester membership for this studio.

         

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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.