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You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to take classes at the Crafts Center.

Classes are available in varying session lengths as an ongoing study in a specific studio. Students will only have access to the studio for the duration of the class to practice during the timeframe in which the class is being conducted. Classes listed with this symbol: Z provide participants options to utilize a PunchCard and/or purchase a ClassPass:

OPTION 1: PunchCard can be utilized for three additional studio visits after the class has ended to complete [only] projects started in class. The card will be made available on the last day of class.

OPTION 2: ClassPass is offered for designated classes and extends studio access beyond the actual time frame of the class. Students enrolled in second session continuing classes [meaning halfway or more through the semester] will be able to purchase a ClassPass to utilize prior to the start of class – pending enrollment verification.

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 and Workshops 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

Instructors:
Section A – Neil Chernoff
Section B – Linda Searcy

CabochonsA beginning level class. Cut 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, equipment and other supplies for use during class are included in the class fee. Visit Linda’s website: www.lindasearcydesigns.com.

Section A: Sundays [5 weeks] January 26 – February 23: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Section B: Mondays [5 weeks] January 27 – February 24: 6:30 – 9:30pm

 Prerequisites: None

 Class fees by level:  I – $80   II – $120   III – $130    Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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

 

FACETING II

Instructor: Linda Searcy
Laps, 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 more challenging shape. Visit Linda’s website: www.lindasearcydesigns.com.

Wednesdays [6 weeks] February 26 – April 15 [skip March 11 and 18]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Faceting class or equivalent experience.

Class fees by level:  I – $100   II – $145   III – $155  Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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

 

Beginner's green asteriskINTRODUCTION TO FACETING

Instructor: Linda Searcy

Intro to Faceting - Blue StoneA 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. Visit Linda’s website: www.lindasearcydesigns.com.

Wednesdays [6 weeks] January 8 – February 12: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: None 

Class fees by level:  I – $100   II – $145   III – $155   Register for this class»  [Link goes live on Nov. 18 at 9:05 am for NC State students only.  Registration for non-students goes live on Nov. 25 at 9:05am]

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

 

 


Register for classes

See Crafts Center registration guidelines and instructions »

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.