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 - Wah Tran (an NC State student);
Section C - Edge Barnes; Section D - 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, January 12 – March 2 (skip Jan. 19 & Feb. 2)

 

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Section B: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, January 13 – February 17

 

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Section C: Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, January 15 – February 19

 

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Section D: for NC State students only - Friday mornings for 6 weeks, 9:45 am - 12:15 pm, January 23 – February 27

 

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)
$42


HANDBUILDING 101handbuilt 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.

 

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, January 20 – February 24

 

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Supply Fee
$18

 

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


LOVELY LITTLE BOXES (Workshop)
Instructor: Jennifer Siegel


All skill levels welcome. Is there someone you would like to make something special for? This short but sweet workshop utilizes soft-slab handbuilding techniques to create preciously small gift boxes textured with lace and accented like a cake with a puffy white clay slip. Participants will work with wet clay on the first night to fabricate their pieces and then return the following week to delicately glaze before the final firing in our Cone 10 gas reduction kiln. Supply fee includes one half of a 25# bag of clay.

 

Thursday evenings for two weeks, 6:30 - 9:30, January 22 & 29

 

Supply Fee
$9

 

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

 


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, January 24, 9:00 - 11:00 am


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

 

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

 

Supply Fee
$20

 

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


CLAY BIRDHOUSES image of clay birdhouse
Instructor: Marina Bosetti


This class is for intermediate-level handbuilding folks. Using slabs and other handbuilding techniques, we will be making homes for North Carolina bluebirds, wrens, and nuthatches. Students will be instructed on the components of what makes a functioning bird haven. Houses constructed in this class will be compliant with the annual JC Raulston Arboretum's Bird House Contest that takes place in April, should a student wish to participate. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. For more about Marina and her work, visit her website: bosettiarttile.com.

 

Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, January 26 – March 2

 

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.

Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, February 26 – April 16 (skip March 12 & April 2)


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

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

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


SCULPTURAL RELIEF image of a clay sculpture with relief carving
Instructor: Jennifer Siegel


Intermediate/Advanced clay experience required. Have you ever wanted to transform an entire bag of clay into something BIG with heavy detail? Register now and join me in the clay studio this
spring where we will create large sculptural forms using a soft armature technique involving vermiculite! Bas-relief, or low-relief,
is the main focus of this class – bringing a projected image with a shallow overall depth to the surface, and emphasizing form with clever use of negative space and texture through carving. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay. Students are responsible for providing a few of their own supplies and will receive a supply list upon registration.

 

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, March 3 –
April 21
(skip March 10 & 31)

 

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Prerequisites: Intermediate/Advanced clay experience required.

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

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


SKILLS BUILDING
Instructor: Julie Olson


You have learned basic skills and are comfortable centering and pulling up a wall to make cylinders and bowls. Let's move beyond basics and make those skills more fluid and deliberate. This class will take your throwing to the next level. 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, February 11 – March 25 (skip March 11)


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

 

Supply Fee
$18

 

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

 


RAISING CLAY (Workshop)
Instructor:Edge Barnes

 

Explore the technique of etching intricate raised designs on the surface of your pieces using shellac as a resist and sponging the surface of the piece away. We will discuss various ways of applying designs to the surface and how and when to sponge the piece. There will be demonstrations and examples of complex surfaces using colored slips and stains in conjunction with the shellac resist technique.

 

This workshop is hands-on, and though there will be leather hard and bone dry tiles available for the Friday night session, participants are encouraged to bring small simple forms (leather hard or bone dry) to decorate after the initial demonstrations. There will be an opportunity to make simple forms at the end of the Friday night session which can dry overnight and be ready for Saturday’s session. Supply fee includes one 25# bag of clay, shellac & stains used during the workshop. Visit Edge’s website: edgebarnes.net.

 

Friday, February 20, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, and Saturday, February 21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

Supply Fee
$23

 

Workshop fee
I = $25
II = $45
III = $50

 


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