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Classes

The Potters' Studio Has Moved!!!
New location: 1221 8th St., near Gilman, in Berkeley

We're extremely pleased to announce that we've moved to a bigger and better location to better serve the Bay Area ceramics community. More space, a better layout, easy parking, and same general neighborhood.

Classes at The Potters' Studio are a great opportunity to hone your craft and learn what it takes to be a successful ceramic artist.

The course fee of $259 includes:
  • 8 classes (3 hours each)
  • 2 cubic feet of firing space (that's a lot)
  • 25 pounds of high-quality commercial clay (5 choices for students
  • A loaner set of tools for your first class (you'll need to bring your own tools after that)
Students can also use the studio to work outside of class time. (Free) open studio hours for students are, at the minimum, as follows, and there are usually more hours available as well outside of class and staff hours.
  • Mon. 10am - 5:30pm
  • Tue. 1pm - 6:30pm
  • Wed. 10am - 5:30pm
  • Thu. 10am - 6:30pm
  • Fri. and Sat. 1pm - 5pm
  • Sun. 11am - 5pm
  • (Students may not do open studio time during a class in which they are not enrolled.)

If you try to register and a class is full, please call us (510-528-3286) or email to get on the waiting list.

Clay Basics – Monday Night Wheel Boot Camp
Mon. 6pm - 9pm
The session beginning on 9/22 is FULL. There's a new beginner's class with Michael Berkley beginning on Wed, Oct. 1, 10am - 1pm (see below).
The next Mon. night class begins on 11/17. Call (510-528-3286) or email to be put on the waiting list.
Instructor: Jess Parker

Focusing on the foundations of throwing, this class is geared toward the beginning potter. Throwing basics will be covered: from centering, pulling a wall and trimming your pots to altering and glazing your work. Basic forms that will be covered are the cylinder, bowl and plate. As your ability progresses adding handles, lids and spouts to your work will also be tackled. Expect a demo each night and lots of time to practice and improve your throwing skills.

Clay Basics – Tuesday Morning Wheel Boot Camp
Tue. 10am - 1pm
The session begun on 9/9 is FULL. There's a new beginner's class with Michael Berkley beginning on Wed, Oct. 1, 10am - 1pm (see below).
The next Tue. morning class begins on 11/4. Call (510-528-3286) or email to be put on the waiting list.
Instructor: Jess Parker

Focusing on the foundations of throwing, this class is geared toward the beginning potter. Throwing basics will be covered: from centering, pulling a wall and trimming your pots to altering and glazing your work. Basic forms that will be covered are the cylinder, bowl and plate. As your ability progresses adding handles, lids and spouts to your work will also be tackled. Expect a demo each night and lots of time to practice and improve your throwing skills.

Altered Forms and Creative Surfaces
Tue. 7pm - 10pm
The next 8-week session begins 9/23/2014. Register now!
Instructor: David Delgado

This class is designed for the intermediate and advanced student with an interest in altering wheel-thrown objects and in expanding the possibilities of surface with underglazes and alternative approaches to applying glaze. In relation to both form and surface, students will be encouraged to think about how devises such as line, repetition, pattern, and imagery are functioning to add to the individual work. Each three-hour class will include one to two demonstrations as well as give ample time for individual assistance and time to practice newly learned techniques.

Beginning Potter's Wheel
Wed. 10am - 1pm
*** Brand new class starting Oct. 1 ***
Instructor: Michael Berkley

This class will focus on beginners learning how to throw on the potter's wheel. Michael will share his workshop techniques and students will learn to center a piece of clay in less than 15 seconds! Also students will learn the techniques that nobody talks about that will allow you to take giant leaps in throwing cylindrical shapes and other beginning shapes. Students will learn the process of throwing, trimming, glazing and get a basic knowledge of how glazes work and how glazes are applied to their pieces. Students will also get the basics of what happens in the kiln when their pieces are being fired. Michael will also share his class notes from his workshop: "Anyone Can Center."

Beginning and Intermediate Wheel Throwing
Wed. 6pm - 9pm
The session begun on 9/10 is FULL. There's a new beginner's class with Michael Berkley beginning on Wed, Oct. 1, 10am - 1pm (see below).
The next Wed. night class begins on 11/5. Call (510-528-3286) or email to be put on the waiting list.
Instructor: Lynne Meade

This class is perfect for ceramics newbies looking to learn the basics as well as for more advanced potters hoping to pick up some new tricks. After gaining core skills such as throwing basic forms, trimming and glazing, beginners pursue their own projects, learning along the way. Each class includes one or several detailed demonstrations, which usually stem from student requests and include everything from creating different surface textures to assembling teapots to avoiding and fixing common throwing mistakes. Students share their ideas and techniques with each other at occasional potluck show-and-tells. You'll have so much fun you might forget you're in class!

Continuing Wheel Throwing and All-Levels Handbuilding (Supervised projects)
Thu. 7pm - 10pm [FULL as of 9/4/2014 -- Call (510-528-3286) or email to be put on the waiting list.]
Fri. 10am - 1pm
Sat. 10am - 1pm

Join anytime - it's rolling enrollment
Instructor: Bob Johnson

These classes are best suited to the student who wishes to work on his/her own project with the help of an all-around expert to help with almost any imaginable project or issue. Bob is there as a resource for you -- ask lots of questions! Pottery wheel students should already know how to at least comfortably center clay. Handbuilding students of any level are welcome. For the intermediate or more advanced student, more complex techniques and forms will be introduced through individual instruction or class demonstrations, building experience and skills to form teapots, lidded forms and larger sculptural pieces. These classes include demonstrations in various glaze and surface techniques.

Select one of Bob's classes: