Craft enrichment opportunities at Appalachian

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Craft enrichment opportunities at Appalachian

ASU’s craft enrichment program offers courses for artists, aspiring artists, hobbyists and more.

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The craft enrichment program at Appalachian State University is offering a variety of classes to members of the local community.

The small classes provide individual attention from faculty who are dedicated professionals committed both as teachers and craft artists.

Participants can enjoy learning and sharing ideas with fellow artists-at-heart. The multi-week format provides time to see where an idea leads in studio-based classes that promote the development of artists at all levels.

For fall semester, classes are offered in glass fusing and slumping, digital photography, weaving, welding and metalworking, stained glass, lampworking and beadmaking, jewelry, wood bowl-turning, fiber spinning, sewing, collage and pottery. Class size is limited and early registration is recommended. Online registration is now open at

The first craft classes start in September, with additional classes starting in October and November. Classes meet once per week, and while most are in the evenings, there are weekend classes, as well. For more information, call Eric Reichard at (828) 262-6360 or email (

Photography: Digital

This is an introductory course in digital photography for the novice photographer. Topics will include the digital camera’s controls, artistic image composition, lighting, color correction, saving files, emailing images and using computer software to manipulate and restore images. The participant will work towards building a digital portfolio of images. Students must provide a digital camera and storage media for both the camera and the computer. Students will work with both Apple and PC computers.

Instructor: Mick Kreszock
Enrollment: 15
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 4 – Oct. 23
Time: 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $145

Welding and Metalworking

Class projects in this course will focus largely on welding and other techniques for joining metals. Steel will be the primary focus, but opportunities to explore aluminum, stainless steel, and other metals will be offered. In addition to gaining an understanding of welding safety, theory and practice time, students will learn how to select welding equipment appropriate to their needs. Cutting, machining, heat treating and sheet metal work will also be discussed.

Instructors: Steve Ward
Enrollment: 15
Dates: Mondays, Sept. 10 – Oct. 29
Time: 6 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $175

Beginning Stain Glass

Participants will be introduced to the basic stained glass skills: glass safety, scoring and breaking stained glass, grinding cut glass pieces to fit the pattern being used and to remove sharp edges, wrapping glass pieces in copper foil, soldering the pieces together and cleaning/polishing the project. Approximately five to eight projects will be completed by participants by the end of the course, depending upon the pace of the participant. In addition to completed projects, participants will take home a folder of terminology, techniques, tips and patterns.

Instructor: Marianne Rooks
Enrollment: 6
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept.11 – Oct. 16; Session Two: Tuesdays, Oct. 30 – Dec. 4
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $175


In this eight-week class, students will weave one small project and plan, warp and weave one larger project of their choice. Supplies are provided but students are welcome to bring yarns/thread of their choice.

Instructor: Jane Plaugher
Enrollment: 3
Date: Tuesdays, Sept. 11 – Oct. 30
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $160

Beginning Pottery: Pots with Personality

Beginning wheel throwing techniques and hand-building skills will be taught. Creative exploration of textures and sculptural additions will be demonstrated and encouraged. Learn to alter basic forms and embellish with hand-made stamps and sculptural elements. All levels welcome. Course fee includes 25 pounds of clay, glazes and firing fees. No experience necessary.

Instructor: Tara Belk
Enrollment: 12
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 8
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $155

Lampworking and Beadmaking

Glass beads have been treasured and traded for centuries. This class will explore the process of the ancient craft using moretti on mandrels. The class will cover torch safety, types of glass, scientific properties, proper annealing, dots, stringers, latticino, encasement, texturing and more.

Instructor: Shannon Boyd
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 5; Session Two: Thursdays, Oct. 18 – Nov. 8
Enrollment: 4
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $165

Fiber Spinning

In this class, learn about the processing of wool into yarn. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different fibers in their various stages of preparation to become yarn, including carding with hand carders and the drum carder. At the end of six weeks students will be able to spin on the spinning wheel and ply a yarn that can be used to knit, crochet or weave.

Instructor: Jane Plaugher
Enrollment: 4
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 13 – Oct. 25
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost – $125

Advanced Bowl Turning

This course will continue the art, science, and techniques needed to turn a block of wood into functional sculpture. Students will explore some rough-edge and green-wood spindle turning, wood curing, selection, and tool sharpening. Students should provide their own safety glasses or shield and earplugs.

Instructor: Phil Armstrong
Enrollment: 5
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 6
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $185

Intermediate Pottery: Developing More Skills

In this 10-week class, students will continue to develop their throwing and hand-building skills with focus on the way elements such as handles, lids, feet, spouts, and texture can enhance individual forms. Glaze application will be emphasized. Demonstrations and design challenges. Basic clay experience necessary.

Instructor: Lucy Hamilton
Enrollment: 12
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 20
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $180

Beginning Bowl Turning

This course will introduce students to the art, science, and techniques needed to turn a block of wood into functional sculpture. Introductory demonstrations will include wood selection and drying, preparing stock for turning, tool sharpening and machine tool operations. Each student will have the time to complete at least one platter and two bowls of their design. The first class is a whirlwind immersion into all the facets of bowl turning for the whole group.

Instructor: Phil Armstrong
Enrollment: 5
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 20 – Nov. 15
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $185

Jewelry Making with Metal Clay – Beginning and Intermediate

Learn how to make beautiful silver jewelry using metal clay, a new art material made of silver powder and an organic binder. Students also will learn to form objects by rolling, stamping, texturing, molding and cutting, learn the properties of metal clay and explore a variety of embellishing and finishing techniques for silver artwork. No experience is necessary.

Instructor: Zoe Nelson
Enrollment: 12
Dates: Mondays, Sept. 24 – Oct. 29
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $215


Creating a collage is a wonderful way to play and be moved by color, texture, shape and design. Learn techniques for creating papers as well how to include discarded lace, ribbons, concert tickets, canceled checks, onion bags, wrapping paper, boxtops and labels or anything else that represents life.

Instructor: Pegge DeLaney Laine
Enrollment: 10
Dates: Wednesdays, Oct.10 – Nov. 14
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $150

Beginning Glass Fusing and Slumping

Learn the basics of glass fusing and slumping while making beautiful bowls, plates, jewelry and decorative objects. In this introductory workshop we will discuss glass types, compatibility, cutting and firing schedules. Come experience one of the easiest ways to work with glass and take home some unique objects. Most supplies provided.

Instructor: June Kay
Enrollment: 7
Dates: Saturdays, Oct. 13 – Nov. 3
Time: 9:30 a.m. – noon
Cost: $155

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