Online Clay Classes

CLAY PUMPKIN PATCH 

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.

75 pumpkins available; 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»

KINTSUGI: THE ART OF GOLDEN JOINERY

Instructor: Anne McLean

Are you holding on to a special broken piece of pottery and want to know how to repair it?  Or maybe you are lucky enough to have never broken a piece of pottery and want to be prepared for the inevitable?!  No matter the reason, welcome!  This class is for you!

Kintsugi, or ‘golden joinery’, is the Japanese art of repairing broken objects by mending the breaks through a process that highlights the broken areas. This slow act of healing celebrates the damage and the process of repair as a part of the object’s history – honoring the object’s brokenness and adding to its beauty while also allowing the service of the object to continue. Similar to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, Kintsugi teaches us to embrace imperfections and accept change.

This online class will cover both modern adaptations and traditional Kintsugi techniques while also exploring how to personalize the process to your budget and capabilities. The process of kintsugi is one that requires patience, concentration, and an understanding that the piece may not look the way you imagine it will! Through ZOOM, we will discuss the various types of breaks and what is required to fix them as well as tips and tricks to produce the best results.  Looking for a food-safe alternative?  We will cover what is needed to make the objects food safe and liquid-proof.

Students may email images of broken pieces along with a description on the cause of damage to the instructor a week before the class to have their piece(s) included in the discussion! A supply list will be emailed to registrants at least 2 weeks prior to the start of class, for those who wish to begin their ‘golden joinery’ as soon as possible!

Saturday, November 7: 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees:     NC State Students – $15     Public – $25      Register for this class»

LASER TRANSFERS AND DECALS – For Locals Only [Workshop]

Instructor: Liz Kelly

Why stop at glaze?! Help your pottery reach its full potential with decals and transfers! This interactive online class addresses applying commercial color decals and making custom laser transfers. Think photographs, pet portraits, drawings, favorite symbols, colorful flowers, etc. We’ll make responsive compositions on your very own handmade ceramics. Be prepared with finished work and selected images uploaded to photo editing software.  Decal kits will be mailed out by the instructor and your custom image transfers will be printed and available for pickup at Liz Kelly’s downtown Raleigh studio. All decal work to be fired at Kelly’s studio; socially distant pick-up/drop-off schedules will be discussed during the workshop. View Liz’s work at lizkellypottery.com.

Note: Please contact the Crafts Center’s clay studio manager if you have questions regarding size limitations or the type of ware you wish to fire. All cones are welcome but your pieces MUST be handmade.

Sundays [2 weeks] November 1 and 9: 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of Intro to Potter’s Wheel, Handbuilding 101, or equivalent class. Must bring a selection of glazed, fully-fired, handmade ceramics with you for decal applications. Limit 4-8 pieces depending on size.

Class fee:     NC State Students – $45     Public – $55      Register for this class»

 

LASER TRANSFERS AND DECALS – Live Demo [Workshop]

Instructor: Liz Kelly

Join Raleigh potter Liz Kelly for a LIVE demonstration ZOOM session, complete with screen-sharing for application, editing, troubleshooting and FAQs on all things decal! She asks “Why stop at glaze?!” Help your pottery reach its full potential with decals and transfers! This demonstration based online class addresses applying commercial color decals and making custom laser transfers. Think photographs, pet portraits, drawings, favorite symbols, colorful flowers, etc. View Liz’s work at lizkellypottery.com.

Note: Please contact the Crafts Center’s clay studio manager if you have questions regarding size limitations or the type of ware you wish to fire. All cones are welcome but your pieces MUST be handmade.

Saturday, October 17: 1:00 – 2:30 pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of Intro to Potter’s Wheel, Handbuilding 101, or equivalent class. Must bring a selection of glazed, fully-fired, handmade ceramics with you for decal applications. Limit 4-8 pieces depending on size.

Class fee:     NC State Students – $15     Public – $25      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.