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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 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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Clay Pumpkin Patch [Workshop]

Instructors:
Section A: Jake Goodnight
Section B: Fahad Alsuwaidi
Section C: Jennifer Siegel

crafty pumpkinIt’s time for CLAY PUMPKINS!!! Register for a seat in our annual carving activity where our Clay Studio Manager provides each participant with a wheel-thrown clay jack-o-lantern! Will you carve a cackling clown or a scaredy-cat?! The creative possibilities are endless when you sit down for a night of imaginative, Halloween fun! Better start sketching now because this event is lurking just around the corner! Tricks and treats will be provided!

Section A: Monday, October 8: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Tuesday, October 9: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Section C: Thursday, October 11: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Class fees by level: I – $15   II – $25   III – $30   Register for this class»

 

Continuing Wheel

Instructors:
Section A: Edge Barnes
Section B: Gretchen Quinn
Section C: Sherry Nicholson

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: Wednesdays [6 weeks], August 22 – September 26: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section B: Mondays [6 weeks], October 15 – November 19: 6:00 – 9:00pm
Section C: Thursdays [6 weeks], October 11 – November 29 [skip Nov. 15 & 22]: *10:30am – 1:30pm

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 [$5 daily]. 

Beginner's green asteriskHandbuilding 101

Instructors:
Section A: Barbara McKenzie
Section B: Jennifer Siegel
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], August 28 – October 2: *10:30am – 1:30pm                 

Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks], August 21 – September 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 [$5 daily]. 

 

Beginner's green asteriskIntroduction to the Potter’s Wheel

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

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: Mondays [6 weeks], August 20 – October 1 [skip Sept. 3]: *10:30am – 1:30pm
Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks], August 21 – September 25: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section C: Thursdays [6 weeks], August 23 – September 27: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section D: [for NC State students only] Fridays [6 weeks], September 7– October 19 [skip Oct. 5]: 9:45am – 12:15pm
Section E: [for NC State students only] Tuesdays [6 weeks], October 16 – November 20: 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 [$5 daily]. 

 

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 leatherhard pieces to the workshop, but not required, as simple forms for trying new techniques will be created during the workshop. Visit Rosalie’s website: crmsculpture.com.

Note:  Bring in wooden spoons, rocks, ribs, etc. Anything round or with a handle.

Saturday, September 15: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday, September 16: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Continuing Wheel class or an intermediate level handbuilding class

Class fees by level: I – $70   II – $105   III – $110   Register for this class»

 

Pattern Exchange

Instructor: Gretchen Quinn

PatternExchange.2Does the smooth surface of your work need a little spicing up? Gretchen Quinn is ready to exchange ideas with you on developing your own style of texture and pattern! In this advanced techniques class you will be challenged to craft your own bisque stamps, explore repeating carved patterns, and create your own custom tools for future work. Sharing discoveries, through group discussion and hands-on applications, will be the focus of this new, exciting class! Class projects will be small, wheel thrown vases perfect for sampling new techniques. Supply fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay. Visit Gretchen’s website: www.gretchenquinn.com.

Fridays [6 weeks], September 14 – November 9 [skip Sept. 21 & Oct 5, 26]:  6:30 – 9:30pm

 

Prerequisites: Completion of Intro to Potter’s Wheel, Handbuilding 101 or equivalent. Students must have throwing experience.

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

Includes semester membership for this studio

 

Rain Chains and Water Totems

Instructor: Edge Barnes

Water Totem_Edge BarnesRe-energize your skills in this unique class focused on personal totems with exciting added features of water and suspension. Bring your fluid imagination and learn to make water move over surfaces of your hand-crafted creations. We will explore shape and form with intention and focus on how each interacts with water; the way it moves, looks and sounds. There will be instruction and sourcing information regarding pumps, tubing and hardware as well as supporting/suspension options. Individual costs for needed hardware, relative to the scale and scope of your personal project, will be discussed as well. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay and use of tools during class time. Visit Edge’s website: www.edgebarnes.net.

Thursdays [6 weeks], October 11 – November 29 [skip November 15 & 22]: 6:30 – 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

 

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, August 26: 12:00am – 4:00pm [Handbuilding]

Saturday, September 8: 10:00am – 2:00pm [Pottery Wheel]

Saturday, October 20: 10:00AM – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]

Sunday, October 21: 10:00AM – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]

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

Class fees by level: I – $105 II – $160 III – $175   Register for this class»

 

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.

Mondays [6 weeks] August 27 – October 8 [skip Sept 3]: 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

 

Wood Firing Workshop at Joseph Sands Pottery

Instructor: Joseph Sand

wood kiln

Joseph Sand, established potter of Randleman, NC, has graciously offered to share some space in the fall firing of his 40-foot long, 8-foot wide anagama style wood kiln! The Crafts Center is very excited for the opportunity to offer this fully-immersive and focused experience in wood-firing. Eight lucky participants will have their endurance and skills tested as they are invited to work hands-on and learn the complexities surrounding this classic yet demanding style of firing!

On site of the wood kiln, Joseph will share his basic knowledge [and maybe some secrets too!] on glazing, loading and firing his wood kiln. Clay slips and glazes from both the Crafts Center and Joseph’s studio will be utilized during the workshop. Participants are each expected to create between 20-50 pieces. A group discussion at the Crafts Center, in early September, will cover topics regarding the type of work best suited for wood firing, space limitations, slips, glazes, and overall expectations and scheduling for November.

loading wood kilnThroughout the semester, students will be meeting with the Clay Studio Manager, Jennifer Siegel, to discuss their intended wares, explore form or slip application techniques, arrange travel schedule and to further discuss topics as needed in effort to remain on task and on time for the final firing. Pieces for wood firing must be bisque fired. Please read through the prerequisites before registering!! Supply fee includes two bags of clay, slips, glazes, wadding and wood.
Visit Joseph Sand’s website: www.josephsandpottery.com.

Events at Crafts Center
Wednesday, September 5: 6:00 – 7:30pm – Presentation/Discussion with Joseph Sand
Wednesday, September 5: 7:30 – 8:30pm – Orientation/Discussion with Joseph Sand & Jennifer Siegel

Events at Joseph’s studio – 2555 George York Road, Randleman, NC 27317
Friday, November 2: 11:00am – 5:00pm – GLAZING [hour for lunch]
Sunday, November 4: 9:00am – 5:00pm – LOADING [hour for lunch]
Wednesday, November 7: 9:00am- 3:00pm – LOADING [hour for lunch]
Sunday, November 11: 10:00am – November 12: 1:00pm – FIRING [lots of breaks/shifts for firing]
Friday, November 16: 9:00am – 3:00pm – KILN OPENING!!

stoking woodkilnPrerequisites: Advanced skill levels. Completion of Continuing Wheel, Advanced Handbuilding or equivalent. Registrants must be capable of physical requirements; lifting 25+ pounds, elevated heat exposure, smoky environment, outdoors, crouching in small kiln spaces. Students are expected to participate fully, understanding that this is not just for the purpose of receiving wood-fired pottery. Location of artist’s studio, driving distance, and time commitment must be fully considered before registering. Contact our Clay Studio Manager with any questions regarding your eligibility.

Class fees by level: I – $200 II – $285 III – $310   Register for this class»

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 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.