Our Team


CarolCarol Fountain Nix
919.513.3677 or 919.515.2457
Administration, personnel, fundraising, facilities management, marketing/design, public relations/outreach, instructor management, teachingand studio management. Carol joined the Crafts Center as the new director in March 2017 but she is not new to NC State. She received her MA from the College of Design and eventually taught there as the Associate Professor of the Practice, where she lead multi-disciplinary professional practices courses in design. Carol has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and retail product designer, having owned her own business for over 20 years. She is a practicing artist, calligrapher and mixed media painter. Carol will be teaching classes in calligraphy/lettering as well as speaking on topics such as “The Business of Art.”  Please  visit: carolfountainnix.com to view some of Carol’s work.

Jo Ellen

Jo Ellen Westmoreland
Assistant Director
919.513.3477 or 919.515.2457

Fiber arts, art on paper, photography, jewelry, glass, lapidary, exhibitions, outreach activities, Crafts Fair, website.

Jo Ellen believes that finding creativity can improve your quality of life. It is something she knows to be true, having taught clay classes at the Crafts Center for over a decade. Jo Ellen oversees the glass, lapidary, jewelry, fibers and art-on-paper studios and manages the Center’s front desk.Her devotion to learning over the years has helped her nurture many wonderful friendships and memories both as a teacher and crafts lover. With pottery and needlework at the top of the list, Jo Ellen has a variety of skills to share with NC State students and her local community of over 35 years.


Jennifer Siegel
Clay Studio Manager919.513.3699 or 919.515.2457
Kilns, glazes, clay studio schedule, firing schedule, clay outreach activities

Jennifer’s contagious enthusiasm for “everything clay” started in 2003 when she began studyingc eramics at Anderson University in South Carolina. Jennifer has served as the Clay Studio Manager since August of 2012. She has worked extensively to develop the studio’s class offerings and enhance the studio’s facilities. Jennifer has become a master of her craft, exhibiting in galleries throughout the
area with her personable, eccentric style of creating. You can learn more about Jennifer and her work at: clayvoyant.com.


Coming in January 2019…
Wood Studio Manager
919.513.3566 or 919.515.2457
Woodshop, woodworking outreach activities



Katy Walls
Studio Technician  919.515.2457
Photography studio maintenance and studio orientations