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The Crafts Center at NC State presents . . .


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Friday, March 20, 6:00 pm






In collaboration with NC State Arts Entrepreneurship, the Crafts Center offers an informative presentation by acclaimed woodcarver and artist John Bryan of North Yarmouth, Maine. John will share his passion for traditional woodcarving while touching on the realities of making a living in a world that is charging in the opposite direction with technology. A great talk for any budding artist! John Bryan has been creating special things in wood professionally for over 35 years. Trained as a fine furniture maker in college he started woodcarving full time shortly after starting his career in 1978. Bryan's original designs and modern approach to this age old art process have brought new curiosity to woodcarving, and a heightened expectation of what a fine modern woodcarving should be. His tools of choice are 200+ year old hand forged English chisels and he calls the cuts they make, his brush strokes. The scope of his work includes exquisite mantelpieces, entryways, bas-relief wall panels and sculpture in wood and bronze. His work can be found in many astute private collections across the country and as far away as Japan. Find out more about John on his website:






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Lie - Nielsen Hand Tool Event

Friday, January 30, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, and Saturday, January 31, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
in the Crafts Center Woodshop


Come see how great hand tools make your woodworking easier!


•Test the full line of Lie-Nielsen Hand Tools

•Participate in hands-on demonstrations

•Learn tips & tricks from the Lie-Nielsen staff

•Meet guest demonstrators Roy Underhill of The Woodwright’s School, and Caleb James, planemaker •Enter the Lie-Nielsen door prize drawing


Admission is Free and open to the public. Parking is available on site. Must pay $2 on Friday.Parking is free on Saturday. Lie-Nielsen will reimburse for parking with purchase of any Lie-Nielsen product. Find more details and information about guest demonstrators at or



Windhover Open Mic Night

Wednesday, February 25, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Crafts Center Commons Area


Due to adverse weather conditions, this event has been rescheduled to


Wednesday, March 4, 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Crafts Center Commons Area


Come Discover Windhover! Join the creative community of NC State for an evening of poetry readings and musical performances by NC State students. Enjoy refreshments while you listen. For more about Windhover, visit Windhover on Facebook or on their website:





sweet grass baskets by Barbara McCormick



Barbara McCormick:

Sweet Grass Baskets

Friday, February 27 at 3:00 pm

Sorry, this event has been cancelled - may be rescheduled at a later date - check back for updates.

Join us for a special presentation on this cultural crafting treasure of the American coastal southeast. This collaborative event is hosted by the Crafts Center, the NC State African American Cultural Center, and the Triangle Basket Guild. Barbara will teach a short workshop for NC State students with registration through the African American Cultural Center along with a more in-depth workshop arranged through the Triangle Basket Guild. We’ll have more information in early January!


Barbara McCormick was born in Charleston, SC. She was raised in Mt. Pleasant, SC where she learned the trade of sweetgrass basket weaving from her grandmother, mother, aunts and other family members at a very early age. She has since carried on this tradition and has shared her talent with others including her family. Barbara teaches several classes and has her work displayed in Row Upon Row, a book about sweetgrass basketweaving. The Gibbs Museum, the Kaminsky House Museum and many other places.


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creamers and candlesticks by Sandi Pierantozzi

Sandi Pierantozzi

Friday, March 13, 7:00 pm


In conjunction with a weekend workshop presented by the Triangle Potters Guild, NC State students and the public alike are invited for a free evening presentation by this nationally known potter.


Sandi Pierantozzi has been handbuilding pots for 30 years. Her work, which is predominantly slab built, has been featured in Studio Potter, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times and over a dozen books on clay work. She has presented numerous workshops across the country, and has exhibited her work nationally and abroad. Her work is in both museum and private collections. She was chosen an Emerging Talent at the 1993 NCECA conference and was a featured demonstrator at NCECA in 2001. Her awards include a 2001 Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Hammill & Gillespie Purchase Award at the 1999 Ceramics Monthly International Ceramics Competition. She and her husband, Neil Patterson, maintain a private studio, Neighborhood Potters, in Philadelphia, PA.


I primarily make slab built functional pots that are also decorative. My intent is to make pots that are friendly, approachable, happy, and playful, yet have an understated elegance and formal quality about them. Process & Inspiration: My pieces are primarily slab built from cone 6 Porcelain. After rolling a slab with a rolling pin, I use rectangular or circular templates as a starting point for each pot. I then either cut out darts or pinch the clay into the desired form. I often work from sketches I’ve made, or just let the process guide me into the form. My forms are inspired by many sources such as nature, architecture and beads.
My surface decoration is mostly inspired by fabric and clothing. Making pots is meaningful to me because I appreciate food, celebration, and setting a beautiful table. In this "age of communication," where most communicating is done electronically, and food is eaten out of paper, plastic or Styrofoam, my hope is to communicate through my pots, by bringing some creative life into eating and drinking. A handmade pot contains the soul and energy of the maker, and when used, a human connection is made. These basic connections between people keep our souls alive.

For more about Sandi visit

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The Triangle Potters Guild is sponsoring a weekend workshop with Sandi Pierantozzi, “Flat to Form / Handbuilding Pots,” on Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15.  For more information and how to register, visit (A registration discount is available to NC State students.) 





turned wood vesssel by Cindy Drozda

Cindy Drozda

Thursday, March 12, 6:30 pm


In conjunction with a weekend workshop presented by the Woodturners Guild of North Carolina, everyone is invited to a free evening demonstration by world class woodturner Cindy Drozda. Known for her attention to detail, Cindy will demonstrate the making of a finial topped box. It is Cindy’s belief that artists of all kinds express what is meaningful in their lives, and in the world that they live in, through their artwork. Our values, emotions, fears, and delights emerge through the work of our hands. Art is, and historically has always been, a vitally important element of every civilized human society.


Beauty is important to me. I surround myself with the beauty of Nature. I love to work with the most beautiful and precious materials. In my artwork, I express my love of the beauty in our world.


Find out more about Cindy on her website: