Looking for a place to work on your pottery/ceramics 24/7? Have it fired for you at a reasonable fee? Or fire it yourself in our electric or gas kilns? Even learn to fire it yourself with free training?
The Potters' Studio in Berkeley is the place, just off I-80 (Gilman Street exit). We offer an amazing opportunity for potters to do their own work using our facilities.
amazing shared studio space
The studio is in Berkeley, California, with lots of natural light from the sky lights and large roll up doors to let the ocean breeze in when the weather is nice. Everybody gets a personal storage cubby and additional storage units/shelves are available for rent. The open floor plan fosters an interactive community. There are always wheels available for members and table space for handbuilding. Plenty of shelving to store works in progress all around, not to mention all the equipment.
We offer over 10 commercial high-fire clays here at the studio for members, and a clay recycling system to process any unwanted scraps into our studio recycled clay blend.
Wheel throwing and handbuilding equipment
All the basics are covered such as throwing bats, buckets, sponges, ware boards, chucks, etc. Free training is available for most of our equipment. The list is always growing. Here are a few favorites:
- Clay Extruders
- Slab Roller
- Spray Booth
- Glaze Chemicals Lab
- Kilns, of course
Staff maintains the quality of 18 high-fire glazes for members to use. With training, members can mix their own glazes in our Glaze Chemicals Lab outfitted with an industrial-level air filtration system.
With plenty of racks, everyone can store their works-in-progress as they dry.
8 electric kilns, 6 gas kilns (including soda and raku) with trainings available for members.
Classes at The Potters' Studio are a great opportunity to learn and hone your craft.
The course fee of $290 includes:
8 classes (3 hours each)
4 cubic feet of firing space
25 pounds of clay
A loaner set of tools for your first class (you'll need to bring your own tools after that)
Storage space for your in-process work
There is a lot of free open studio time, though please note that students may not use the studio during a class in which they are not enrolled.
Free open studio hours:
Mon. 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Tue. 1:30pm - 6:30pm
Wed. 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Thu. 1:30am - 6:30pm
Fri. 1:30pm - 6:00pm
Sat. 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Sun. 11am - 5:00pm
Our classes are very popular and usually full, with notification/waiting lists. A couple of weeks before the end of a class, the current students are given the chance to re-register. The number of students opting out determines how many spots become available to new students (typically on the waiting list)
From those who have never touched clay before, to those who still need guidance.
For those who have taken the beginner to intermediate classes and are comfortable with clay, and glaze firing.
Workshops & Events
Bring your ceramics here to fire in our kilns. We offer bisque and glaze firing services in our electric and gas kilns on a contract basis. We have a $20 minimum charge to fire.