Seconds Sale
The Potters' Studio
Annual Seconds Sale
Come Join Us!

Jan. 14 & 15 and Jan. 21 & 22: 11am-5pm

It's time for The Potters' Studio's famous Seconds Sale. Beautiful, handcrafted works of art, at spectacular prices.

What Are Seconds?
Seconds are items that have a defect, are test pieces of reasonable quality, or have been discontinued by the artist.

Some of the defects may be obvious; some may be minor and harder to see.

The items available in the seconds sale are often unique and cannot be reproduced.

All sales of second-quality merchandise are final.

We look forward to seeing you!


Greek vase
Islamic Influence on Italian Renaissance Maiolica Pottery
A (FREE) lecture and slide presentation by Joe Pugliese

Fri., Jan. 20, 7pm-9pm

Joe is a former Professor of Art History at UC Berkeley, and has given a variety of lectures on the subject at universities across the country.

His ceramic work has been exhibited nationally and was included in the world tour of the U.S. State Department's traveling exhibit of contemporary U.S. ceramics. He is the author of numerous journal articles on historical and contemporary ceramics.



Bruno Kark
Throwing BIG!
A Bruno Kark Workshop

Sun., Feb. 19, 10am–4:30pm

Come watch and learn as Bruno Kark demonstrates wheel techniques for making really big work: dry-pound-centering large amounts of clay, stacking multi-sectional forms, and other techniques to GO BIG!

He'll demonstrate an amphorae, a huge platter, and possibly a globe and/or other forms.

Then Bruno will assist you to double, triple (or more!) the size you can throw!

The first half of the day will feature Bruno talking and demo-ing. Then following a short lunch break, students will get down to work for the second half of the day, under Bruno's supervision.

Cost: $125

Clay will be available for purchase (we stock 10 kinds of high-fire commercial clay plus recycled clay) or you can bring your own. Firing can be done (depending on the size) at the regular member rate, though we cannot guarantee we'll be able to fire your piece if it's too big.

Email, call (510-528-3286), or visit to arrange payment. Limited enrollment.



Jenny Mendes
A Jenny Mendes Workshop:
Painting on Clay with Terra Sigillata
~In Conjunction with Trax Gallery~

March 18, 19, 10am-4pm each day

Opening of Jenny’s work at Trax Gallery on Sat., 3/18, 5pm-7pm

This hands-on, two-day workshop is for anyone who wants to awaken possibilities in their work through the imaginative use of color in ceramic surface decoration. Jenny will demonstrate various colorful ways to approach the surface as a painter by means of a palette of terra sigillatas, underglaze, washes and oxides. She will present her "low-tech method" of making terra sigillata with emphasis on helping participants relax and play with color, texture and imagery on the surface of their work. We will spend the first morning making small works to decorate. Bring visual inspiration, brushes, bisque-ware or green-ware to work on as well if you have it. A willingness to have fun and embrace the deliberate awkwardness of finding oneself in unknown territory is the only prerequisite! All levels welcome.

Jenny Mendes was born in Cleveland, OH. She has a BFA in ceramics from Washington University in St. Louis. She has exhibited her ceramic artwork nationally at galleries and juried shows. A full-time studio artist since the mid-1990’s, Jenny’s work is influenced by mythology and folk art. Figurative imagery, both human and animal, is used extensively in her body of work that includes tiles, prints, sculpture, pots and jewelry. Working within a human/animal narrative, she engages in a dialogue that witnesses and reflects an invitation into her world.

Cost: $225

Email, call (510-528-3286), or visit to arrange payment. Limited enrollment.



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