In-person Clay Classes

A PURPOSEFUL PINCH!

Instructor: Xena Electra


Forget the wheel and learn the original way humans made pots. Hands are your number one tool here! In this class we will learn the basics plus helpful tricks to making beautiful, functional pinch pots; something you can be proud to display, drink and serve from daily. Supply fee includes 25 pounds of clay and use of velvet underglazes.

Fridays [6 weeks] October 2 – November 13 [skip October 9]: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fee:    NC State Students – $110       Public – $175      Register for this class»

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

 

BIG A** POTS [Workshop]

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Get in our studio for a three-day weekend of throwing on a very large scale! We will be working through the crafting stages of large vessels; techniques for centering 25 pounds of clay, base turning, coiling, paddling, drying, forming and finishing. Participants in the workshop should be fully capable of lifting 50 pounds, have experience centering 10+ pounds of clay, and a full weekend to commit to this BIG project! Students will end the semester with a fully fired, fifty pound pot-of-pride!  Class fee includes two 25 lb. bags of clay (which includes firing) and use of studio tools needed during class.
NOTE: please do not register for this class if you cannot attend each day fully.

Friday, October 9: 12:00 – 4:00pm
Saturday, October 10: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, October 11: 12:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday, [date to be determined in class]: 11:00am – 1:00pm [glazing]

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisites: Completion of advanced level courses; experience throwing larger forms of 10 pounds or more.

Class fee:  NC State Students – $125   Public  – $190      Register for this class»

 

CLAY PUMPKIN PATCH [Workshop]

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Clay pumpkin seeds are being planted!!! Register for a pumpkin to take home in our annual carving activity where our Clay Studio Manager provides each participant with a wheel-thrown clay jack-o-lantern! Due to social distancing requirements, this year’s event will be a take-home activity! Basic kitchen utensils or miscellaneous garage tools will be on your work table this time! Will you carve a spooky monster or a mummy wrapped in creepy TP?!  The creative possibilities are endless when you sit down at home for some Halloween fun! Better start sketching now because this event is lurking just around the corner! Join us LIVE on Facebook AND Instagram on Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30-7:30pm for a promotional pumpkin carving demonstration! The LIVE video will be edited and sent to each registrant via YouTube video link, prior to pick-up.

Registrants will need to pick-up pumpkins at the Crafts Center on October 5, 6, or 7 between 12:00-9:30 pm (**free parking after 5:00 pm). Carved pumpkins must be returned by October 15th at 9:30 pm**

**Once you’ve registered, please email our clay studio manager, Jennifer Siegel, before October 5th and set up an appointment to pick up your pumpkin(s). Pumpkins must be returned by October 15th at 9:30 pm.

** Firing schedule may vary due to changing circumstances, as related to COVID19. We will strive to glaze and fire all pumpkins in a timely manner and arrange for safe, individual pick-ups.

Skill Level: Open to all skill levels

Prerequisites: None

Class fee: NC State Students – $25    Public – $35      Register for this class»

 

CONTINUING WHEEL

Instructor: 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 B: Wednesdays [6 weeks] October 7 – November 11: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

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

Class fee:    NC State Students – $100     Public – $170      Register for this class»

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

 

HANDBUILDING 101

Instructor: Bill Gregory

handbuildingAn introductory level class – no experience necessary. Pinching, coiling, soft and hard slab construction and extruding are the main methods of hand-building that 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 B: Mondays [6 weeks] October 12 – November 16: 6:30 – 9:30pm  

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fee:    NC State Students – $100    Public – $170      Register for this class»

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

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE POTTER’S WHEEL

Instructors:
Section C – Jo Ellen Westmoreland
Section D – 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 clay [which includes firing] and use of studio tools needed during class.

Section C: Tuesdays [6 weeks] October 13 – November 17: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section D: [for NC State students only] Thursdays [6 weeks] October 8 – November 12:  6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fee:    NC State Students – $100     Public – $170      Register for this class»

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

 

SINGLE SLAB SHELLS, FUNCTIONAL AND SCULPTURAL [Workshop]

Instructor: Rosalie Midyette

This class focuses on stretching and carving your work into a dynamic, flowing form, starting with a single slab of clay. Slabs of clay are commonly used for flat, or slightly rounded forms, but we are going to twist and turn. Slab construction is a useful technique because you can start and finish a project relatively quickly, but it can also be tricky to fire without cracks. Proper support and compression are the key to this building style, which can be utilized in small and large-scale construction. Demonstrations of slab preparation, attaching, stretching and carving will be shown to guide students as they apply new techniques to their own pieces. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay and use of specialty tools needed during class.
View Rosalie’s work at www.crmsculpture.net.

Notes: Students will have a chance to prepare terra sigillata and see how Rosalie uses it as a complementary finish on her own work. Students should bring in found objects for sculptural inspiration as well as foam, cardboard or towels to transport and support the curved slabs.

Saturday, October 24: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, October 25: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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

Class fee:    NC State Students – $70      Public – $105      Register for this class»

 


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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.