Crafts Center events bring together the NC State community and public for fun, socializing and artistic enrichment. All events and exhibitions take place at the Crafts Center unless otherwise noted.

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Spring 2019

The Eggs - postcard image

Exhibition dates: April 26-28, 2019

Friday, April 26, 12:00 – 10:00 p.m.*
Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 26, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

*Official sale begins at the Artist’s Reception on Friday, April 26th from 6:00-9:00pm
Light refreshments, beer and wine will be served.
This is a family-friendly event with FREE parking!
Purchases must be collected post show so that traveling guests may enjoy the full display!

Jennifer                              Facial “Eggspression”                                 “Eggplant”                                                              

Jennifer“Eggsotic Wood” Facial Eggspression     Eggplant 'Eggsotic Wood'

“How I Made This” – Special Artist’ Presentations

In Our Hands -Tori Ralston puppets


 Victoria Ralston: Puppets and Puppetry

 Wednesday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Tori Ralston is a sculptor and self taught puppeteer. She received her BA in psychology from UNC-CH and MFA in Fine Arts from The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Her artwork takes many forms, including hand built ceramics and pottery, oil painting, encaustic, installation art, missed media sculpture, photography, and performance. Likewise, she has worked in many roles, as an artist, arts educator, theater designer, and arts therapist. She is now a professor of Arts Studies, part of Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Humanities and Social sciences at NC State University.

Her puppets are quirky beings that take the form of string puppets, shadow puppets, and rod puppets or some hybrid combination, and the performance narratives are influenced by imagery from dreams, memories, psychological states and the quirky ins and outs of what it means to be human. Ralston has performed with her puppetry and performing objects in many different venues, including: UNC-CH, NC State, Manbitesdog Theater, University of Minnesota, Duke University, Yale University, Lincoln Center, and across the terraces of France.



Bird's Mouth BowlsNorm Cloutier: Woodturning “A Bird’s Mouth Bowl” Bird's Mouth Bowl_Woodturning steps

Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Woodturners are always on the lookout for big logs or larger chunks of recently felled trees, but even smaller branches can yield some interesting projects. Logs as narrow as 4-6 inches can be used for small projects like goblets or simple vases, provided something is done to manage the drying process and likelihood of cracks at the pith.

One such project combines bowl and vase concepts into one, and uses
the bark to enhance the work with a more natural feel and amusing form.

The “birds-mouth” bowl is named for the way the bark-edge lip is used to create a form reminiscent of a baby bird reaching up for food from a parent. While it can be done with almost any wood, a log segment from a fruit or nut tree tends to hold it’s bark better than other trees.

A fun little video for your amusement »

Norman Cloutier has been turning wood as a part-time passion for just over ten years. He’s a local woodturning instructor, demoing and showing at local events, and is active in the WoodturnersGuild of North Carolina. Find and follow him as WeekendTurner on Instagram or Facebook.