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.

Fridays [6 weeks] August 20 – September 24: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

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]

 

BEYOND BASIC HANDBUILDING

Instructors:
Section A – Jennifer Siegel
Section B – Rosalie Midyette

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.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks] August 17 – September 21: 12:30 – 3:30pm*
Section B: Mondays [6 weeks] October 11 – November 15; 6:30 – 9:30pm

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].

 

BRING ON BISQUE MOLDS!

Instructor: Sherry Nicholson

Discover a new alternative to recreating your favorite pieces! Bisque molds are easy to make, fun to use, and a great alternative to plaster molds. Work on the wheel during the first day of class to create your personalized mold forms. A combination of wheel and handbuilding skills will be utilized during weeks two and three when you will use those new molds to make individual forms. Design and attach feet, handles and more to make your style shine! Class fee includes one 25 lb. bag of clay.          

Mondays [3 weeks] October 11 – 25]: 12:30 – 3:30pm*         

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites:  Completion of both Continuing Wheel and Handbuilding 101 or equivalent; students should be confident on the wheel and possess basic handbuilding skills.

Class fees by level:   NC State Students – $75    Public – $110      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD only]

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

 

CLAY PUMPKIN PATCH [Workshop]

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

It’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!

*Studio pass not included.

Section A: Monday, October 11: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Tuesday, October 12: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section C: Wednesday, October 13: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Class fees by level:    NC State students – $15   Public – $30      Register for this class»

 

CONTINUING WHEEL

Instructors:
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: Mondays [6 weeks] August 16 – September 27 (skip Sept 6): 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Thursdays [6 weeks] August 19 – September 23: 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      Register for this class»

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

 

HANDBUILDING 101

Instructors:
Section A – TBD
Section B – Jina Kim

An 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: Mondays [6 weeks] August 16September 27 (skip Sept. 6): 6:30 – 9:30pm  

Section B: Thursdays [6 weeks] October 7 – November 11; 12:30 – 3:30* pm        

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

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 weekdays prior to 5:00pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit [$10 daily].

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE POTTER’S WHEEL

Instructors:
Sections A & C – Jake Goodnight
Section B – Jina Kim
Section D – Heather Rhymes
Section E – Jazz Moe

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: Tuesdays [6 weeks] August 17 September 21: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Thursdays [6 weeks] August 19 – September 23: 12:30 – 3:30pm*

Section C: Tuesdays [6 weeks] October 12 – November 16: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section D: Thursdays [6 weeks] October 7 – November 11: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section E: Fridays [6 weeks] August 20 October 1 [skip Sept. 17]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

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 weekdays 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.

Friday, September 17: 6:00 – 10:00pm
Saturday September 18: 12:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 19: 12:00 – 5:00pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of advanced level pottery wheel courses; experience throwing larger forms of 10 pounds or more… or the willingness to try!

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $90    Public – $145       Register for this class»

 

PORCELAIN 2.0

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

By popular demand, Porcelain 2.0 is here to turn up your skill level and challenge those iron-free clay dreams! Prepare to go bold or go home with projects designed to throw and alter those favorite forms, mix in mason stains, sgraffito through slip, and sand like nobody’s watching… Your hands might not be ready for this but your brain is already there!! Independent skill levels and goals will help guide the class as we navigate through new and challenging projects each week! Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of Standard 257 porcelain and a license to kaolin.

Fridays [5 weeks] October 15 – November 12:  6:00 – 9:00pm

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisites: Completion of Throwing Porcelain class or focused equivalent; proficient throwing skills required as basic skills will not be reviewed/covered.

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]

 

SCULPTING ANIMALS

Instructor: Kim Marchesseault

Students of all levels are welcome to learn how to sculpt animals in water-based clay! Sculptures will be made using simple tools and small-scale models [called ‘maquettes’] for inspiration. Basic handbuilding and sculpture skills will be the focus of our making as well as how to hollow out sculptures properly to prepare for firing. For a life-like surface, students will be guided in the use of AMACO velvet underglazes and projects will be finished with a cone 10 electric firing. Extra time in the studio outside of scheduled class time is recommended to finish projects. Class fee includes one 25 pound bag of clay, a variety of AMACO velvet underglazes, and use of specialty tools provided.

Tuesdays (6 weeks) October 12 – November 16: 6:30 – 9:30pm   

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  NC State students – $120   Public – $185      Register for this class»

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

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

 

RAKU FIRING [Workshop]

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel

Raku pottery is primarily for decorative artwork, resulting in smoky black and/or metallic surfaces that are ready to take home the day of firing. Register for this semiannual workshop and you’ll find yourself firing on two weekends in October! Horsehair and feather firings will occur two Saturdays before our traditional raku-glazing/firing weekend when firing temperatures are lower and process much faster. On the big raku firing weekend students will spend two days glazing and learning about this unique firing process in between the active flow of kiln loads.

An orientation early in the semester will cover topics such as recommended wares for firing, glazing application/schedule, and firing-weekends expectations. Scheduling group opportunities during open studio hours to create work for firing weekends will be discussed as well. 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 use of terra sigillata, raku glazes, safety equipment and other tools for firing. This workshop requires a clay studio membership in order to participate.

Saturday, August 21: 12:00 – 1:00pm [Orientation]
Saturday, October 9: 12:00 – 5:00pm
Saturday, October 23: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]
Sunday, October 24: 10:00am – 5:00pm [Raku Firing]

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced 

Prerequisites: Fall 2021 Clay Studio membership required in order to register for this workshop plus participants must have completed an Intro to Potter’s Wheel class, Handbuilding 101 class, or equivalent.

Class fees by level:   NC State Students – $135    Public – $205      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.