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] February 5 – March 12: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Skill Level: Open to all

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]

 

BEYOND BASIC HANDBUILDING

Instructor: 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 basic skills, exciting templates and 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.

Tuesdays [6 weeks] February 2 – March 9: 12:00 – 3:00pm*

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of Handbuilding 101 or equivalent.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $100    Public – $170      Register for this class»

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

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

 

CONTINUING WHEEL

Instructor:

Section A – Sherry Nicholson
Section B – Heather Rhymes

So you’ve conquered the basics and you’re ready for more — Continuing Wheel is the next level of pottery wheel instruction. Projects include refining skills used for pulling handles, turning matching and consistent forms, small plates, and lidded jars. This class will not review introductory level wheel skills, such as centering and raising cylinders, so please be ready to work beyond the basics! Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to finish class projects. Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay.

Section A: Thursdays [6 weeks] February 4 – March 11: 12:00 – 3:00pm*

Section B: Thursdays [6 weeks] March 25 – April 29: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

 Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class or equivalent and confident, basic wheel skills; centering, raising cylinders, working with 2 pounds of clay or more on the wheel..

 Class fees by level:   NC State Students – $100   Public – $170

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

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

 

HANDBUILDING 101

Instructors:
Section A – Jina Kim
Section B – Rosalie Midyette

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 and use of specialty tools needed during class.

Section A: Wednesdays [6 weeks] February 3 – March 10: 12:00 – 3:00pm*

Section B: Mondays [6 weeks] March 22 – April 26: 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 ABSTRACT SCULPTURE [Workshop]

Instructor: Rosalie Midyette

Bring in objects of inspiration.  We will zoom in and use our imagination’s macro lens.  Starting with small thumbnail sketches to compare composition, we can unbridle your creativity.  Whether you like geometry or gesture, we will apply formal design elements to build abstractly. Supply fee includes 25 pounds of clay.
View Rosalie’s work at www.crmsculpture.net.

Saturday, March 6: 1:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday, March 7: 1:00 – 5:00pm

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Prerequisites: Experience with clay not required, but helpful.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $70      Public – $105      Register for this class»

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE POTTER’S WHEEL

Instructors:
Section A – Jake Goodnight [NC State student]
Section B – Heather Rhymes
Section C – Jina Kim

This class is designed to introduce students to working in our clay studio and covers the fundamentals of clay preparation, throwing, and finishing. ITTPW can also serve as a great refresher course of basic wheel skills: wedging, centering, raising, trimming, and glazing. This class is also perfect for anyone looking for a little help before moving on to the next level! Have you spent some time behind the pottery wheel but aren’t feeling quite centered yet? Register and learn to feel confident when raising and shaping walls into vase forms, mugs and bowls. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay.

Section A: Mondays [6 weeks] February 1 – March 8: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section B: Thursdays [6 weeks] February 4 – March 11: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Section C: Wednesdays [6 weeks] March 24 – April 28: 12:00 – 3:00pm*

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]

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

 

IT’S IN THE BAG! [Workshop]

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Your first big pot is ‘in the bag’ – the whole 25 pound bag that is. Dive in and register to learn the stages of turning larger forms; techniques for centering 10 pounds of clay, base turning, coiling, raising, forming, drying, finishing, and design. Participants in the workshop should have prior experience turning heavier amounts of clay, beyond the average dinnerware size, OR the guts to throw like they’ve never thrown before! Supply fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay and use of specialty tools needed during class.

NOTE: Please do not register for this class if you cannot attend each day, fully.

Saturday, February 20: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, February 21: 12:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday, April 10: 11:00am – 1:00pm [glazing]

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of advanced level courses; experience throwing larger forms of 8 pounds or more.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $80    Public – $130      Register for this class»

 

NESTING OBJECTS [Workshop]

Instructor: Rosalie Midyette

Nesting objects are separate, yet relating pieces.  The concept goes beyond round stacked bowls, but we can make those too.  Building one sculpture with multiple components isn’t going to be as hard as it sounds.  For starters, think about how nicely the beans sit in an edamame shell. Bring in your own ideas and we will problem solve together.
View Rosalie’s work at www.crmsculpture.net.

Saturday, April 17: 1:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday, April 18: 1:00 – 5:00pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $70      Public – $105      Register for this class»

 

OUT-OF-ROUND

Instructor: Sherry Nicholson

If you’re looking for some new ideas when working with your favorite forms then register for this advanced pottery wheel class! You will begin with pieces made at the wheel but then reconstruct them using cutting, darting, paddling and reshaping techniques. Each piece will be a completely altered, out-of-round creation -think out of the round – get your funk on! Supply fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay.           

Mondays [6 weeks] March 22 – April 26, 12:00 – 3:00pm*           

Skill Level: Intermediate/advanced

Prerequisites: Completion of Continuing Wheel class or equivalent; confidence throwing cylinders/forms with at least 2.5 pounds of clay.

Class fees by level:   NC State Students – $100    Public – $170      Register for this class»

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

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

 

PETITE POTS [Workshop]

Instructor: Jake Goodnight

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!

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

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:   NC State Students – $45    Public – $85      Register for this class»

 

RAKU FIRING [Workshop]

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Is raku firing on your to-do list? If so, register for this firing event and bring your bisque ware in October, 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-weekend 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 pass/membership.

Saturday, January 23: 12:00 – 1:00pm [Orientation]
Saturday, April 17: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]
Sunday, April 18: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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

Class fees by level:  NC State Students – $115    Public – $175      Register for this class»

 

THROWING WITH PORCELAIN

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

The struggle is real —throwing on the pottery wheel with porcelain clay can be difficult, even scary… Understandable, considering it’s a clay body with slightly different rules. Register for this six week course to build your skills and perhaps conquer the fear of turning with porcelain. Projects focused on throwing techniques for basic forms and discussion revolving around porcelain behavior from wet to dry and on into firing. Class fee includes one 25# bag of Standard 257 and use of studio tools needed during class.

Fridays [6 weeks], March 19 – April 23:  6:00 – 9:00pm

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisites: Completion of Continuing Wheel class or equivalent.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $100    Public – $170      Register for this class»

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

 


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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.