THE Crafts Center
Special Classes for NC State Students Only

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.


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.


Registration for NC State Students begins Monday, November 24

BEGINNING GUITARimage of guitar student

Instructor: Kirk Adam

For NC State students only. Would you like to learn to play the guitar? For both electric and acoustic guitar, students in this introductory class will build the basic foundation of chords and rhythm needed to play their favorite songs. No prior knowledge of music is required! (The Crafts Center has three electric guitars for use during class by the first three students registered who do not have their own instrument.) Repeat students welcome.

Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 5:00 - 6:00 pm, January 26 – March 2


Class fee
I = $20


Instructor: Jo Ellen Westmorelandpottery

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


Supply fee



Class fee (includes a studio pass for the semester)

A QUICK SHELFimage of wooden wall shelf
Instructor: George Thomas

For NC State students only. In this fun paced introduction to woodworking, students will experience the proper use of power tools while constructing a wall shelf of their own design. On day one we’ll cut, plane and square rough wood to serve as the underlying structure for building the shelving system. Subsequent classes will be spent with each student personalizing their own shelf through creative piercing, carving, texturing, shaping, or finishing.


Friday afternoons for 3 weeks, 4:00 - 7:00 pm, February 6 - 20


Supply fee



Class fee (includes a studio pass for the semester)

I = $25


MAKING THE LONGBOARD SKATEBOARD DECK mage of skateboard class students
Instructor: Braden Walker (an NC State student)

For NC State students only - no experience needed. Intensely hands-on! Make a custom-sized longboard skateboard you can ride and enjoy for years. Students will learn to laminate plys of Baltic birch into the necessary complex curves. The form will then be cut with the band saw, drilled, routed and sanded to final shape. By the end of the three classes, you will have a finished longboard deck ready for wheels.


Monday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, March 16 - 30

Supply fee



Class fee (includes a studio pass for the semester)

I = $25


THE ELECTRIC CIGAR BOX GUITAR image of cigar box guitar

Instructor: Sam Mayes (an NC State student)

For NC State students only. Build your own axe! We’ll saw and set the frets, shape the neck, install tuning machines and wire the pick-ups. This simple four-string instrument is fun to make and even more fun to play! Though learning to play will be up to you, we’ll provide wood, the cigar box, and all the other bits and pieces needed to make your guitar sing.

Thursday evenings for 5 weeks, 5:00 - 8:00 pm, February 5 – March 5


Supply fee



Class fee (includes a studio pass for the semester)
I = $42

LEARN TO SEW cutting out a sewing pattern

Instructor: Carly Mick (an NC State student)

For NC State students only.
Use fabric and ingenuity to bring your ideas to life! Learn construction techniques for simple bags and home décor projects using a variety of seam types and closures, including simple zipper installation. By the end of this class you’ll feel comfortable measuring, cutting, sewing, and troubleshooting a wide variety of projects. Bring your own machine or learn on one of ours. Students are responsible for providing their own fabrics, thread & notions and will receive a supply list upon registration.

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, March 18 – April 22


Class fee
I = $50

WOODTURNING BOOT CAMP image of a student turning wood on a lathe
Instructor: Alex Barnes (an NC State student)

For NC State students only. Spin wood into any shape you wish! The Friday afternoon session will provide an intensely hands-on introduction to the lathe, spindle turning, and all of the many shapes that can be made. On Saturday, students can expect a fast-paced day of making tea bowls with the final challenge being a goblet. This workshop includes a semester pass so that you can continue practicing your newfound skill.


Friday evening, February 6, 5:00 - 8:00 pm and Saturday, February 7, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Supply fee



Class fee (includes a studio pass for the semester)

I = $25



For NC State students only.  Don’t have time to commit to a full-length crafts class? Come join us for an afternoon of fun and learning! Register for one or more sessions.


Class fee
$5 per session, all supplies included
(does NOT include studio access for the semester)


Session A - Clay: Use the potter’s wheel to create a simple bowl or cup made from clay!
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, January 16


Session B - Clay: Make a handbuilt mug or cup for your morning tea or coffee!
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, January 16


Session C - Jewelry: Learn basic wire wrapping techniques to craft three styles of rings. Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, January 23


Session D - Art-on-Paper: : Learn fun watercolor painting techniques while painting cheerful pansies.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, January 30


Session E - Glass: Beads anyone? Learn to use the lampwork torches to make glass beads!
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, February 20


Session F - Wood: Make a simple desktop book cradle perfectly sized to hold your favorite novels.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, February 27


Session G - Wood: Use the wood lathe to turn highly figured wood into your own personalized ink pen. Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, March 20

Session H - Jewelry: Make a stretchable chain maille bracelet from metal jump rings and
rubber O-rings!

Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, March 27

Session I - Glass: Capture your memories between two pieces of glass soldered and adorned to make a pendant.
Friday afternoon, 4-7 pm, April 17

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