You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to take lapidary classes and use the studio.

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.

Learn more about studio memberships and fees »

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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Beginner's green asteriskCabochons

Instructor: Linda Searcy

CabochonsCut slabs of stone and polish into convex forms to produce gems worthy of setting into brooches, rings, or necklaces. This cut produces an evenly curved surface in a range of shapes. Students will begin the process with agate or quartz – great for rock hounds! Stones, supplies and use of equipment during class are included in the class fee. Visit Linda’s website:

Section A: Mondays [5 weeks], January 22 – February 19, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Section B: Wednesdays [5 weeks], January 24 – February 21, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $81     II – $119     III – $128
Includes semester membership for this studio.

Beginner's green asteriskIntroduction to Faceting

Instructor: Bob Bendelow

Intro to Faceting
A beginning level class. Release the color and hidden light from within a precious gemstone! Participants in this class will learn to cut facets in crystals and gemstones, turning them into works of art. Students will begin by working with crystal quartz and then move on to fine gemstones. Stones, use of laps and other supplies for use during class are included in the class fee.

Thursdays [6 weeks], January 11 – February 15, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $96     II – $142     III – $154
Includes semester membership for this studio.

Faceting II

Instructor: Bob Bendelow

Faceting IILaps, polishes, shapes, materials – what to use and what to do. What lap works best for what material? What rough works best or is hardest to facet? Students in the class will explore advanced concepts while cutting a challenging shape. Supplies included

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

Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Faceting class or equivalent experience

Class fees by level:  I – $96     II – $142     III – $154
Includes semester membership for this studio.

Register for classes

See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions »


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.


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 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.