Online Clay Classes


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, June 12: 2:00 – 4:00 pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

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


LET’S ROCK THE BOAT!  A Sauce Boat [Live Demo Workshop]

Throwing and Altering with virtual guest artist, Leah Leitson

Widely respected as an educator and maker of functional ware in porcelain, Leah Leitson is a professor of ceramics at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC. She has taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Craft, La Meridianana International School of Ceramics in Italy, and has been a guest artist/presenter in Israel as well as throughout the United States. An artist whose work has been featured in books, magazines and museums, the Crafts Center is delighted to host a workshop from afar with Leah Leitson!

Think of those sauces that go on the table – from béarnaise to bar-b-que and syrup to salad dressing – this serving dish of delectable honor holds them all! More than a just utilitarian piece, a sauce boat adds interest and style to any place setting. Perched on a pedestal that only highlights its importance, as one may expect, a guest at Leah Leitson’s table would never be without this extra splash of function and flavor. Register for this 2.5 hour workshop, offered as a LIVE online demonstration through ZOOM, which is ideal for both the wheel-based potter and those seeking inspiration and techniques for thrown and altered forms. Participants will have a front row seat as they discuss design choices and learn to make a sauce boat that includes a thrown spout, thrown foot, and pulled handle as well as considerations for a shallow dish. Many of the techniques learned can be applied to a variety of other forms. Also included will be an image presentation and glaze recipes. Leah’s work at

Notes: Have a sketchbook on-hand and a snack!  

Saturday, June 26: 11:00am – 1:30pm EST

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees:      NC State Students – $35    Public – $55      Register for this class»


Register for classes

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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.


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.