At The Crafts Center, creativity is wellness.

The mission of the CRAFTCARE initiative is to foster the well-being of the campus community through creativity.

CRAFTCARE promotes wellness, healing and stress relief  through dedicated classes and events.

CRAFTCARE classes are customized to engage students during the university’s Wellness Days with the goal of addressing fundamental pathways to wellness through creation, community and self-expression.

CRAFTCARE provides students with multi-level opportunities to engage – from brief classes to deeper-level creative exploration in a variety of media concentrations – including clay, wood, jewelry, glass, and mixed media.

The Crafts Center, in collaboration with Prevention Services and Counseling, announces its new CRAFTCARE: Creativity Through Wellness series.

While the Center’s regular programming supports the mission of creativity through wellness, CRAFTCARE classes will be offered during the university’s Wellness Days and throughout the year as special programs.

CRAFTCARE activities are open to NC State students at no cost. Registration will be required. [Some special programs will be open to faculty, staff and members.]


Creativity Through Wellness: University Wellness Days Spring 2021

All Crafts Center Wellness Day activities are open to NC State students, faculty, and staff at no cost – seats are limited and registration is required. If class is full, please add your name to the waitlist.

Learn more about the Wellness Day activities being offered by Prevention Services and Counseling via the Prevention Services newsletter  and Calendar ›



CRAFTCARE: Chaine Maille Bracelet  (In-person)

Instructor: Jennifer Siegel
Learn the fundamentals of chain maille as you create a modified Byzantine pattern bracelet using jump rings and jeweler’s pliers. Your handcrafted bracelet, in a color scheme of your choice, features a combination of rubber and metal jump rings that make it extra easy to wear. Good hand-eye coordination is a must have for any registrant!
Thursday, April 15, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
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CRAFTCARE Mini-Retreat: Elements of Creative Reflection (Online)

Instructors: Annelies Gentile and Greg Whitt
After a long season of unknowns, it helps to shift perspective. Using imagination, language, imagery, sound and mindfulness to tease the senses, you’re invited to tap into a creative flow state of physiology that promotes health and wellbeing. Like a sneaky good-for-you vegetable, it’s useful to explore ideas about the arts as a way to access wellness. Metaphor is a powerful creative mirror to see life differently. Together, in a lively and thoughtful dialogue we’ll design wellbeing concepts using ancient wisdom and creative process. You’ll discover the arts are interesting and useful. It’s true — creativity is good for you! This mini-retreat is a collaboration between NC State University Crafts Center, Prevention Services and Counseling, and visionaries Annelies Gentile and Greg Whitt.
Thursday, April 15, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
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CRAFTCARE: Fabric Jewelry  (In-person)

wool-quilling-jewelryTry this fun and relaxing class making necklaces, bracelets or pins using recycled tie-dyed T-shirts. When cut, rolled and glued into colorful shapes they are transformed into unique jewelry. This is a fun and easy way to recycle. We will also use this technique with strips of recycled wool fabric.  All supplies provided.
Thursday, April 15, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
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CRAFTCARE: Handbuilding with Clay (In-person)

Instructor: Jo Ellen Westmoreland
Roll slabs of clay and play with textures to create a square or rectangular clay dish shaped with a wooden press mold –  each to be glazed and fired in the Crafts Center’s gas kiln for you to pick up at a later date. Participants will select a 45 minute window to come in and make their clay dish.
Thursday, April 15
Session A: 10:00 -10:45 am
Session B: 11:00 – 11:45 am
Session C: 12:00 – 12:45 pm 
Session D: 1:00 – 1:45 pm
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CRAFTCARE: Wolfpack Pours  (In-person)

Instructor: Paul Cash
Take a break to go with the flow and try your hand at acrylic pour painting. We will provide everything you need to flood your canvas with Red, White, and Black!
Participants will select a 30 minute window to pop in and pour. Pieces will need to dry on-site for at least 24 hours and you will be notified by email when your painting is ready for pick-up.

Thursday, April 15
Session A: 3:00 – 3:30 pm [NC State students only]
Session B: 3:30 – 4:00 pm [NC State students only]
Session C: 4:00 – 4:30 pm [NC State students only]
Session D: 4:30 – 5:00 pm [NC State students only]
Session E: 5:00 – 5:30 pm  [Faculty & Staff only]
Session F:
5:30 – 6:00 pm [Faculty & Staff only]
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