THE Crafts Center
Clay Classes

For clay classes and studio use, participants must be age 14 or older. All classes include a pass for access to the clay studio for the current semester. Workshops do not include a studio pass but workshop participants may purchase a studio pass at the level I price.
The studio is also available for use without taking a class.
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Cancellations: For a refund, the Crafts Center staff must be notified of a cancellation at least 7 days before the class or workshop begins; $10 is non-refundable. If the class or workshop is cancelled by the Crafts Center, you will receive a full refund.

 

Absences: To receive the best experience and get the most out of your class, attendance at all classes is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.


For NC State Students Only - Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel on Friday mornings and Crafternoons: Sessions A & B. Find all the details on the NC State Students Only page & view more classes especially for NC State Students.


INTRODUCTION TO THE POTTER’S WHEEL

Instructors: Section A - Charlene Poisel; Section B - Wah Tran (an NC State student);
Section C - Edge Barnes; Section D - Jo Ellen Westmoreland pottery wheel students

  

Would you like to learn how to work on the pottery wheel? This class covers the fundamentals of throwing basic forms: wedging, centering, pulling & shaping walls to make cylinder forms, mugs, bowls and vases. You then will learn to trim and glaze to create finished pots. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay.


Section A: Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, August 24 – October 5 (skip Sept. 7)


Section B: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, August 25 – October 6 (skip Sept. 8)

 

Section C: Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, August 27 – October 1

 

Section D: for NC State students only - Friday mornings for 6 weeks, 9:45 am - 12:15 pm, August 21 – September 25

 

Supply fee (all sections - for first bag of clay)

$18

 

Class fee (Sections A, B, & C)
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100

 

Class fee (Section D: NC State students only)
I =$42


HANDBUILDING 101teache & student in handbuilt pottery class
Instructor: Jennifer Siegel


No experience necessary. Coiling, soft and hard slab construction, and extruding are the main methods of handbuilding this beginner level class introduces. Students will create functional as well as sculptural forms, such as small bowls, plates, and lidded boxes. Surface decoration through slips, stains, and wax, as well as glazing, will be a significant aspect of this class. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop your skills and finish class projects. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. See Jennifer’s work at roundaboutartcollective.com/jennife-siegel .

 

Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, August 24 – October 5 (skip Sept. 7)

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

Class fee
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100


WHEEL THERAPY
Instructor: Jennifer Siegel


Looking for some inspiration? Is clay stressing you out? Want to refine your skills? Have a sketch but are not sure how to create it? Sounds like you need Wheel Therapy. Forget all interruptions, pressures, and issues of the daily grind of life; it’s the greatest tension reliever resulting in great works of art. Join me in the clay studio for stress-free wheel instruction at your own pace. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. See Jennifer’s work atroundaboutartcollective.com/jennife-siegel.

 

Saturday mornings for 6 weeks, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm, August 29 – October 24 (skip Sept. 5, 19 & Oct. 10)

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

Workshop fee
I = $42
II = $75
III = $83


FINISHING TOUCHES image of pottery with handles and knobs
Instructor: Julie Olson


You've got the basic form, now let's focus on the finishing details - feet, knobs and handles. We will be making the additions on mugs, pitchers, cream and sugar sets, and bakers. This is an intermediate class - no beginners please. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. For more about Julie and her work, visit whiteoakartworks.com.

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, September 2 – October 7

 

Prerequisites: Continuing Wheel class or other equivalent class or experience.

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

Class fee
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100


CLAY PUMPKIN PATCH* (Workshop) image of clay jack o'lantern
Instructor: Jennifer Siegel


Carve a clay pumpkin for Halloween! We provide a small wheel-thrown clay pumpkin and tools for you to carve your own Jack-O-Lantern. Will you carve a frightening face? A haunted house? Whatever you craft - the possibilities are endless - don't miss this unique opportunity! We will glaze and fire it in time for you to pick up by October 31st.

*Studio pass not included and workshop pass discount not available for this workshop.

Section A: Tuesday evening, October 13, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Section B: Thursday evening, October 15, 6:00 - 9:00 pm


Workshop fee
I = $5
II & III = $10


RAKU FIRING (Special Class) raku firing activity
Instructor: Conrad Weiser

 

A two-day Raku firing event that includes a clay studio pass for the semester. Bring your pots in the biscuit state, ready to decorate. Glazes will be furnished, but you may bring your own. (All students participating in the Raku Firing for the first time at the Crafts Center are required to attend an introductory discussion of techniques and a video that will help in planning appropriate forms for Raku firing). Visit Conrad’s website: conradwaltonweiser.com.


Introductory Session & Demo: Saturday, September 19, 9:00 - 11:00 am


Raku Firing: : Saturday & Sunday,October 17 & 18, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Prerequisites: Completion of an introductory potter’s wheel class or handbuilding class.

 

Supply Fee
$20

 

Class fee
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100


CONTINUING WHEELpots in kiln
Instructor: Edge Barnes


This class is for students who understand the basics of centering and pulling up walls and would like to continue exploring their skills. Demonstrations include small plates, lidded pots, pitchers, handles, etc. Students’ skill levels will help direct this class. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. See Edge’s work at edgebarnes.net.

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, October 13 – November 17


Prerequisites: Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class or equivalent skills.

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

Class fee
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100


THROWING BIGGER stent with his really big thrown pot
Instructor:Edge Barnes

 

For both the potter who wants to throw BIG stuff as well as the one who's reached a plateau in size and wants to move up to the next level. Instruction will include a variety of methods for making larger vessels as well as how to handle more clay and get more out of what you already can manage to throw. Methods will include capping, joining sections, adding coils, slabs and donuts, and coil/throw. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. Visit Edge’s website: edgebarnes.net.

 

Wednesday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, October 14 – November 11

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

Workshop fee
I = $42
II = $75
III = $83


For NC State Students Only - Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel on Friday mornings and Crafternoons: Sessions A & B. Find all the details on the NC State Students Only page & view more classes especially for NC State Students.


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CRAFTS CENTER INFORMATION: 919.515.2457