Craft Center Classes

Student making a glass pendant using torch
Winter class registration opens on January 6 at 12:30 p.m.

The Craft Center offers more than 90 classes each quarter in our 10 different studios, ranging from one-day workshops to seven-week courses. These classes are small, so you get lots of one-on-one attention. After developing a skill, you may purchase a day or quarter pass to use the studios whenever our classes are not in session. Many classes include passes as well. 

We apologize in advance for any inconsistencies between newer copies of the Class Listings sheet attached. Some details may be subject to change to due scheduling conflicts. All final dates, times, and prices will be listed on rec.ucdavis.edu . 

To learn more about our waitlist, refunds and permission codes, please visit our Class policies section.

Arts and Crafts

Book Binding

Make your own beautiful books! The class will emphasize the visual and tactile aspects of the book and how to use color, design and texture in the process of fabrication. The terminology, styles, materials and tools of bookbinding will be covered and creative design will be encouraged! (Three…

Candle Making

Learn how to make candles! This class will teach the basics of color and scents in candles to add onto more complicated designs in later classes. Different substances and themes will be used to help anyone make a candle for any occasion, holiday, theme, or design. (Five classes.)

Imaginative Gesture Drawing

Students will learn to draw the human figure, applying the concepts of contour, shading, composition, and perspective introduced in Beginning Drawing to the study of the human form. The class will use charcoal and pencil to draw portraits, self portraits, and full figure drawings of models.…

Relief Printmaking

Create your own limited edition and one-of-a-kind colorful prints using traditional methods. You will learn basic carving and printing techniques in linoleum for both press and non-press printing. Paper, ink, and basic tools will be provided for use in class, and the instructor will provide…

Soap Making

Students will learn how to create soap from lye, including mixing the fats, molding the mixture, and adding scents and color. The milling process will be covered, and participants will also learn to make simple glycerine soap in the microwave. All supplies are included in the class price. Please…

Ukrainian Egg Dyeing

Pysanky, derived from a Ukrainian word meaning to write, is the name for eggs decorated using a wax-resist method to create simple or intricate designs. In this one day workshop, students will learn to “write” on their eggs…

Zentangle

Zentangle is a form of artistic meditation through a very specific method of deliberate intention that produces non-objective drawings composed of patterns (tangles) that can be viewed from all four sides. Zentangle is about process, not outcome. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn,…

Ceramics

Glaze Workshop

In this single workshop, students will learn a variety of creative techniques to enhance the results of our glazes, underglazes, and oxides. Participants should bring four bisque-fired pieces to the class. All other supplies are included. (One class.)

Prerequisites: …

Handbuilding and Surface Decoration

This handbuilding class will include decals and colored porcelain. We will cover all handbuilding methods (pinch pots, coil, and slab) with a focus on surface texture and combining shapes. Glazes, firings, and one bag of clay are included in the class price. Additional clay can be bought at the…

Handbuilding Basics

Students will learn to fabricate forms by combining simple pinch pots, slabs and coils, as well as shaping hollow forms, texturing the clay surface, and glazing the final product. Glazes, firings, and one bag of clay are included in the class price. Class price adjusted to include…

Raku Potluck

Raku is a dynamic glaze firing process that produces spectacular results. Beginners are welcome in this one-day workshop, where students will learn the basics of raku and participate in the glazing and firing of pre-bisqued pieces. Glazes are included in the class price. Students can bring their…

Tall Throwing

Students will learn how to throw large forms, such as vases and bowls, and how to increase the height of thrown pieces. First bag of clay, glazes, and firings are included in the class price. Clay is available for purchase at the Craft Center. (Seven classes; includes ceramics class pass.)…

Wheelthrowing (Beginning)

Instructors will focus on making students comfortable with the kick wheel, so they can learn throw a few basic forms such as cylinders, bowls, and cups. Glazing techniques will also be covered and students can expect to produce some finished pieces. Glazes, firings, and one 25-pound bag of clay…

Flameworking

Flameworking 101

Learn the basics of working with borosilicate or hard glass in this four-class tutorial. You will practice multiple decorative and coloring techniques as you complete several glass objects. Projects include pendants, marbles, and similar solid objects. No prior experience is necessary. Some…

Glass Bead Making Workshop

In this two-day workshop, students will be shown how to use our flameworking torches to shape beads, add color and adorn their creations with simple design elements. The first portion of the class includes important safety information, so students must arrive on time. Wear cotton clothes and…

Glass Pendants

In this class, students learn the basics of flameworking by manipulating clear and colored borosilicate glass into wearable pieces of art! Learning both solid and hollow strategies as well as well-known techniques such as silverfuming, honeycombs, and implosions; students will walk away with the…

Glass Vessels (Beginning)

Learn the basic skills needed to create and shape hollow glass forms. Students will learn techniques for manipulating borosillicate glass tube–including pulling points, making a punty, shaping a design, fuming metals, and wrapping and raking vibrant color. (Four classes, includes flameworking…

Intro to Marble Making

In this two day workshop students will explore basic marble making techniques including how to gather and mold glass into a sphere. Design techniques will cover internal work such as vortexes and implosions as well as surface work such as dot stacks, pinwheels, and wrap and rakes. Students will…

Small Glass Sculpture

Create tiny colorful figures out of glass. The class emphasis is on animals, but you will gain the skills to create small sculptures of your own design. No prior experience is necessary. The first class includes important safety information, so you must arrive on time. Some supplies are included…

Glass

Advanced Glass Fusing

Add depth to your glass fusing experience with three layer fusing followed by sandblasting, using floral former vases, shelf melts, pot melts, and metal inclusions. (Four classes; includes glass fusing class pass.)

Prerequisite: Either a beginning glass fusing class at…