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. More information>
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.
Instructors: Section A - Charlene Poisel; Section B - Wah Tran (an NC State student);
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 your 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, May 18 – June 29 (skip May 25)
Section B: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, May 19 – June 23
Supply fee ( for first bag of clay)
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100
An introductory level class - no experience necessary. Begin working with clay by handbuilding a variety of objects such as cups, bowls, plates and vases. This class introduces students to many handbuilding techniques, including use of the slab roller and extruder, for creating functional and decorative work while preparing them for continuing studio use. Surface decoration and glazing will also be addressed. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. For more about Marina and her work, visit her website: bosettiarttile.com.
Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, May 19 – June 23
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100
This class is for students who understand the basics of centering and pulling up 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 Jennifer’s ceramic work at roundaboutartcollective.com.
Thursday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, May 28 – June 25
Prerequisites: Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel class or equivalent.
I = $42
II = $75
III = $83
Join me in the Clay Studio for a weekend of textured coiling. We will hand roll, score and slip through a bag of clay to create one or two large coil pots. Utilizing stamps, rollers, textured mats and boards you can create a secondary surface on the already curvy coiled style. Whether you prefer to roll tiny, intricate coils or large ropes it doesn’t matter – the idea is to go BIG! Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. See Jennifer’s ceramic work at roundaboutartcollective.com.
Friday & Sunday, May 29 & 31, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
I = $22
II = $40
III = $44
This class provides an in-depth introduction to GLAZE: materials, glaze mixing basics, faults and manipulation. Focusing on the Cone 10 glazes used in our Clay Studio, we will fill pitted trays for testing individual glaze materials to learn how they react at bisque and high fire temperatures. From this information we can better understand the ‘body parts’ of glaze and choose ingredients from existing recipes to experiment with line-blend trays. Ever wanted to change glossy to matte? Through small-scale mixing it is possible to discover a whole new glaze, so prepare your inner mad scientist! This is not a beginner class and we will not discuss glaze application. You should register for this class only if you have acquired the tools needed and are interested in mixing glazes in your own studio and desire a better understanding of the chemistry behind glazes. See Jennifer’s ceramic work at roundaboutartcollective.com.
Orientation Session: Saturday, May 30, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Class: Sunday afternoons for 3 weeks, 12:30 - 4:30 pm, June 7 – 28 (skip June 21)
Prerequisites: Participants must have health insurance.
I = $36
II = $65
III = $72
Not satisfied with your handle attachments? Tired of shrinkage cramping your style? Handles can be tricky and we have all dealt with the struggle, so register for an afternoon of demo and discussion where we will look at some great techniques for successful handles. Leather-hard cylinders for hands-on practice during class will be provided, though you are welcome to bring some of your own!
Friday afternoon, June 12, 1:00 - 5:00 pm
I = $11
II = $20
III = $22
Cups, mugs, tumblers, pitchers, and vases - these are some of the forms we’ll make by inserting dowels and larger diameter rods, like broomsticks, into a solid block of clay, and gently rolling the clay. Not only are these forms hollow, they are seamless, making them easy to alter into ovals or other “out of round” shapes. We’ll start small, concentrating on pieces 3-4” high (like cups or mugs) move on to larger pieces (like pitchers, steins, and vases), and experiment with ways to alter the basic cylinder. Surface decoration techniques will be demonstrated. This process exploits the amazing plasticity of clay, and this workshop offers ways of using that plasticity creatively. The possibilities are endless. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay.
Saturday, June 20, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm, and Sunday, June 21, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
I = $25
II = $45
III = $50
CRAFTS CENTER INFORMATION: 919.515.2457