People Having Fun

Professional Arts and Crafts: Sculpture


Can I take just one or two classes of interest from the degree class offerings?
Yes! You can take as many or as few classes at a time as you'd like. Many folks just want to learn more about one topic (e.g. glaze formulation, kiln building, or basic welding) and will simply take one class. Some classes have prerequisites.

Will I be able to get a job with the skills I will be learning?
Yes. Our students are in demand. Local artists are actively looking for skilled help. Current students have found it easy to find work part time as an artist while attending school.

Do all the classes meet in Siler City?
No. All the studio classes meet in Siler at either the clay facility or the metals facility. The general education classes (e.g. English and math) can be taken either as a distance education course, or at the Pittsboro or Sanford campuses.

What sorts of Clay Classes do you offer?
Pottery, sculpture, glaze formulation, kiln building, tool making, and design.

What sorts of Metals Classes do you offer?
Beginning through advanced metal sculpture classes, including work with a variety of metals, blacksmithing, welding, and bronze and iron casting using our foundry.

What is the difference between pottery and sculpture?
Generally the Art World defines Fine Art as Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture. Work that has a functional basis is considered Craft. Sculpture is an Art form that is non-functional and deals with three-dimensional space as opposed to painting and drawing that utilize two dimensions or the illusion of three-dimensional space. Pottery, by many, is considered Craft but can be very Sculptural meaning it can contain many qualities of sculpture while maintaining its functional basis.

What kind of equipment is available at the clay studio?
We will use a pug mill, slab roller, clay mixer, clay slip mixer (for clay casting), glaze spray booth, potter's wheels, glaze formulation software, gas reduction kiln, gas salt kiln, electric kiln, and extruder. We will have a state of the art 7000+ square foot facility with lots of room for creativity!

What kind of equipment is available at the metal studio?
We have several Mig Welders, Arc Welders, and Oxy-acetylene welders as well as a Tig welder. In our Metal Sculpture studio we have a Metal casting foundry and equipment, drill press, horizontal band saw, and many other miscellaneous tools.

Do I have to take all the classes in the program, or can I pick and choose the ones I want?
You have four choices on the classes you can take. First, you can take all the classes and earn an associate degree in Sculpture. Second, you can just take the classes with a focus on clay and earn a Diploma in Ceramic Sculpture and Pottery. Third, you can just take the metal working classes and earn a certificate in Metal Sculpture. Fourth, you can take any separate class you want (Some classes have prerequisites).

If I already have a degree, do I have to take all the classes in the program, or can I get credit for some of the classes I have already taken?
Yes, if you already have a BA or MA, you will not have to take any of the general education courses again.

How far is Siler City from where I live?
From Raleigh, about 59 minutes. From Pittsboro, about 15 minutes. From Sanford, about 25 minutes. From Chapel Hill/Carrboro, about 35 minutes. From Greensboro, about 40 minutes. From Durham, about 45 minutes. From Hillborough, about 55 minutes. From Cary/Apex, about 40 minutes.

Will there be time for me to work outside of class time?
Curriculum students will have access to the studio outside of classtime whenever a CCCC instructor is present.

How many students will be accepted into the program each year?
Approximately 15 to 20 students can be accepted in any given year. Classes remain small for individualized instruction.

Who will teach the classes?
Lead Instructor, Phillip Ashe began making sculpture 1992 at East Carolina University where he earned a B.F.A in Sculpture and a B.F.A in Art Education. In 2003 he earned an M.F.A at University of North Carolina at Greensboro concentrating in Sculpture. His primary sculpture methods and materials are stone carving, metal casting, clay sculpture and plastic casting sometimes juxtaposing materials. He also makes functional hand built ceramic vessels in addition to sculpture. Phillip Ashe teaches Functional Hand building, Clay Sculpture, Metal Sculpture, Pottery tool making, Clay casting, and Art Appreciation. Other regular full time staff will teach the general education classes, such as English and Math. Some of these classes will take place at sites outside of Siler City, most likely in Pittsboro. Several other faculty members will teach part time. These part time instructors will teach varying classes depending on the schedule each semester.

Will all the classes take place in Siler City?
All of the art classes will take place in Siler City. The general education classes and small business classes will most likely take place at the Pittsboro Campus of CCCC, but may eventually take place in Siler City depending on space availability.

Should I move close to Siler City so I can be close to the facility?
Many students will choose to travel from home to Siler City for the duration of the two year degree. For some students, however, travel time will be too much, and they will want to live closer while in school. CCCC is willing to help these students find inexpensive living accommodations in Siler City to help with their schooling.