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!
Improve your handles by joining us for this special workshop. Each instructor will discuss his/her approach and demo the making of three different types of handles (for cups, possibly jars, pitchers, teapots, and casserole dishes) and how to attach them. They'll cover traditional pulled handles (both pulling a handle separately and then attaching, and pulling off the vessel) as well as alternative techniques. After the demos, participants will split into three groups and rotate between instructors for hands-on experience. The studio will provide (leather-hard) cylinders for students to practice the various techniques they will learn.
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.