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 Crafting in the Afternoon: 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 - Edge Barnes;
Section C
- Jo Ellen Westmorelandpottery

  

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, August 25 – October 6 (skip Sept. 1) (Section A is now FULL and has already started.)

Section B: Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, August 28 – October 2 (Section B is now FULL and has already started.)

 

Section C: for NC State students only - Friday mornings for 6 weeks, 9:45 am - 12:15 pm, September 12 – October 31 (skip Oct. 3 & 10) (Section C is now FULL. Call us to be added to the waitlist - don't send any payment)

 

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

$18

 

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

 

Class fee (Section C: NC State students only)
$42


INTRODUCTION TO RAKU raku pottery
Instructor: Conrad Weiser


For those who have never Raku fired before. Students will receive instruction in Raku forming techniques, safety, and planning and making appropriate forms for Raku firing. The gap between the last class date and the firing date allows participants time to make pots and have them bisque-fired prior to the Raku firing date. (Note that Raku pots are decorative, not functional or food safe).  Supply fee includes one 25# bag of Raku clay.  Visit Conrad’s website: conradwaltonweiser.com.

 

(This class has already started.)


Class: Tuesday evenings for 2 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, September 2 & 9


Firing Day: : Saturday, October 18, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

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

 

Supply Fee
$28

 

Class fee
I = $39
II = $70
III = $78


HANDBUILDING 101image of a handbuilt mug
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 cups, vases, 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. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay.

 

Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, September 8 – October 20 (skip Sept. 29) (This class is now FULL & we are no longer accepting names on the waitlist.)

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

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 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 14 – November 18 (This class is now FULL. Call us to be added to the waitlist - don't send any payment.)


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

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

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


ALTERING & SURFACE DECORATION image of altered clay form
Instructor:Edge Barnes

 

Create exciting surfaces on your pots! Explore diverse methods for altering and modifying wheel thrown forms as well as a variety of surface decoration methods, including fluting, sprigging, carving, impressed texture, faceting, etc. A large number of stamps and tools for texturing will be available during class & you will learn how to easily make your own personalized texturing tools. While the focus of the class will not be on glazing, we will discuss how different surfaces react with and enhance glazes. Form alteration will be on wheel thrown pieces; however much of the surface decoration is applicable to hand formed pieces and hand builders are welcome. Practice time outside of class is strongly suggested to develop throwing skills. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. Visit Edge’s website: edgebarnes.net.


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

 

Prerequisites: Continuing Wheel class or equivalent.

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

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


CLAY PUMPKIN PATCH (Special Activity*) 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 unique 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 30th.

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

Section A: Tuesday evening, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, October 14 (Section A is now FULL. Call us to be added to the waitlist - don't send any payment.)

 

Section B: Thursday evening, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, October 16 (Section B is now FULL. Call us to be added to the waitlist - don't send any payment.)


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


RAKU FIRING (Workshop) raku firing activity
Instructor: Conrad Weiser

 

A Raku firing event for those with previous Raku firing experience (beginners should register for the Introduction to Raku class). Bring your pots in the biscuit state, ready to decorate. Glazes will be furnished, but you may bring your own. Workshop does not include a clay studio use pass but participants may purchase one at the Level I price. Visit Conrad’s website: conradwaltonweiser.com.


Orientation: If you have never participated in a Raku firing at the Crafts Center, please attend the first hour of the Introduction to Raku Class on Tuesday, September 2, at 6:30 pm.


Raku Firing: : Saturday & Sunday, October 18 & 19, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Prerequisites: previous Raku firing experience or our Intro to Raku class.

 

Supply Fee
$10

 

Workshop fee
I = $44
II = $80
III = $89


COMPLEX FORMS (Workshop)complex pottery forms
Instructor: Julie Olson


This workshop is about altering the thrown form to create complex, compound vessels. Slab bottoms, ovaled lids and decorative handles are a few of the techniques we will cover. This is an intermediate to advanced class. No beginners, please. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. For more about Julie and her work, visit whiteoakartworks.com.

Saturday & Sunday, November 1 & 2, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Prerequisites: Intermediate level potter’s wheel skills required.

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

Workshop fee
I = $39
II = $70
III = $78


 

CLAY ORNAMENTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Special Activity*) holiday ornaments in clay
Instructor: Jennifer Siegel


The holidays are right around the corner, making this the perfect time to register for a seasonal ornament workshop! Spend your first day in the handbuilding area rolling slabs and coils to cut, shape and stamp for your customized decorations. Students return the following week to glaze their pieces before the final firing - Crafty, Quick & Fun! (Pieces will be available to pick up by December 5.)
*Studio pass not included and workshop pass discount not available for this activiy.

Thursday evenings for 2 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, November 6 & 13

 

Supply fee

$9


Workshop fee
I = $17
II = $30
III = $33


THINGS THAT POUR (Workshop)image of pots that pour
Instructor: Julie Olson


Sorry, this class has been cancelled.

 

We will concentrate our efforts to produce vessels that require a spout. There are several ways to accomplish this endeavor. We will be making batter bowls, ewers, pitchers and watering cans. This is an intermediate to advanced class. No beginners, please. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. For more about Julie and her work, visit whiteoakartworks.com.

Saturday & Sunday, September 13 & 14, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Prerequisites: Intermediate level potter’s wheel skills required.

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

Workshop fee
I = $39
II = $70
III = $78


For NC State Students Only - Introduction to the Potter’s Wheel on Friday mornings and Crafting in the Afternoon: 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