The Potters' Studio is a one-of-a-kind ceramics center in Berkeley, California. Helping artists reach their full potential is an important goal, and as part of our program we provide hard-to-find training in studio skills that are important to serious artists, such as how to fire electric and gas kilns and how to mix glazes. Our artists sell their work in our gallery and all over the San Francisco Bay Area.

We offer memberships with 24/7 access, classes, regular high-quality weekly firings, a gallery, and much more. It's a great place to learn, and if you're a more experienced ceramics artist looking for a place to just do your own thing, this is the place!

John Toki Ceramics Mural Workshop
John Toki
Ceramic Mural Workshop
July 25 & 26
9am - 5pm

Join The Potters’ Studio and accomplished artist and educator John Toki for a two-day Ceramic Wall Mural Workshop. Each student will learn how to make their own 24’’ x 30’’ mural.

Cost: $250 members / $275 non-members

Register: 510-528-3286 or email

The first day, John will teach in detail how to make a ceramic mural. He will demonstrate sculpting in relief, texturing, blending and staining a variety of stoneware and porcelain clays, as well as decorating clay with underglazes, engobes, glaze, and finishing a surface using dry glazing techniques.

The second day will include finishing work related to cutting, drying, and firing. John will address and demonstrate various methods used to hang and mount murals both inside and outdoors.

Students will receive a materials list upon registration.

Oakland resident John Toki has maintained a studio in Richmond, CA, since 1974. His public commissions include a mural for Oakland City Hall, and sculptures installed in Berkeley, San Francisco, Orinda, and Sacramento, CA. “Blue Back,” a 20-foot tall ceramic sculpture is on view at the Oakland Museum of California, and “Spring Majesty,” a 24 foot tall sculpture is presently on view at the California Shakespeare Theatre, Orinda, CA. Exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, Oceanside Museum, Carnegie Museum, and a 22 foot tall sculpture installed at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, CA.

An educator for over 25 years, Toki retired as a faculty member from the California College of the Arts in 2007. Throughout his career he has conducted workshops and lectured widely: Including Kent State University, University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco Art Institute, and at colleges and institutions in Canada, Holland, Taiwan and Turkey. In 2013, Toki was a guest lecturer at the Picasso Ceramic Exhibit at the Carnegie Art Center, Turlock, CA.

Toki has served as a workshop leader at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts Industry Program, Wisconsin, and as a staff member at the European Ceramic Work Center, Holland. Residencies and workshops include Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Idyllwild Arts, and the Mendocino Art Center.

He has been a juror for more than 35 exhibitions and competitions, including the California Arts Council, California State Fair, San Francisco Women Artists, Bedford Gallery, as well as for the Berkeley and Alameda County Art Commission.

Toki has been a textbook writer for over 25 years, and has co-authored three books on ceramics: Hands In Clay, 5th edition, Make It In Clay 2nd edition, McGraw Hill, and Fired by Ideals, Arequipa Pottery, Pomegranate Press. In 2010, Toki was named Contra Costa College, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. In March 2013, Toki was the recipient of the NCECA, National Council on the Education of Ceramic Arts, Outstanding Achievement Award, Houston, Texas, and on December 3, 2013, he was honored by the City of Berkeley’s Mayor Tom Bates for John Toki Day.

In addition to his art practice, Toki is the former owner of Leslie Ceramic Supply Company, Berkeley. He is also the Associate Director of Mission Clay Art and Industry Program, Co-Director of CAA, the Ceramics Annual of America exhibition, San Francisco, a trustee for the Richmond Art Center, Richmond, California, and board member of AMOCA, the American Museum of Ceramic Art.

The Potters' Studio Has A New SODA KILN!
Soda Kiln

Kiln master Ted Neal recently came out from Ball State University in Indiana to build our downdraft Soda Kiln, and it is awesome. Hard-brick interior, soft-brick exterior, heavy-duty swinging door, hard-brick peeps, soda ports and damper, great welding, Ward burners, etc. We'll do the first firing in a couple of weeks.