THE Crafts Center
Special Events

The Crafts Center at NC State presents . . .




pinhole photograph

September 10 - 13

Now Open to Everyone 18 years or older: Grab a friend or family member and register for this fun weekend of picture taking. It’s a magical process and a great way to see campus life through a different “lens.”


Learn how to build you own pinhole camera, how to take photos with it and how to develop the photographs in the darkroom. A panel of judges will select the best photos for exhibition. Prizes will be awarded to the winning photographers. More details>



image of student on the potters wheel outdoors


Parents & Families Weekend: Crafts on the Porch

September 12, 11am-4pm



Especially for Parents and Families Weekend, spin some clay and turn a piece of wood, melt glass and help us weave a piece of cloth, ...and make sure to step inside to cut out your own block “S” using the ShopBot.



Weather permitting, we’ll have our maker tools on the Crafts Center’s front porch for you to “think and do.” And, as it’s also our Pinhole Challenge Day, make sure to take time to get a family photo using a simple tin box and pinhole lens.





Tom Karches

Computers as Musical Instruments

Thursday October 1, 6:00 pm



Wearing a Muse brain sensing headband, NC State OIT employee Tom Karches will share his style of music crafted from the mind’s electrical impulses. It’s amazing the many ways computers can be used as a tool for creative exploration as well as for music production! Everyone is invited to this free presentation in which Tom will show applications of PureData and Sonic Pi "live coding” software that can be "played" in real time. Get inspired! Looking at sound in new ways can provide unique insights into how sound is actually created.




travel photograph of boys with bicycles by Gary Knight

Gary Knight

Travel Photography


Wednesday, October 14, 6:00 pm




A definition of missed opportunity?'s a trip or adventure of your lifetime and all you can do is shoot green (automatic). This free presentation by professional photographer Gary Knight will outline considerations aimed at maximizing your picture-taking experience. As photos provide mental cues long after memory fails, better picture-taking should be a vital consideration in planning for that next big trip!