You're doing your own thing, just sharing the space.
Workshops & Demos
Guest artists share their focused knowledge with you. See scheduled workshops.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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. Otherwise free open studio hours for students are:
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).
(Never touched clay before or need regular help)
(Know the basics, but want occasional guidance)
If you've got some pottery that you've made at home, in a class, or somewhere else and would like to have it fired in our kilns, The Potters' Studio in Berkeley can do that. We offer bisque and glaze firing services in our electric and gas kilns on a contract basis.
Learn a lot in a day or two. Previous workshops have been massively successful and a positive growing experience.
Jenny Mendes - Painting on Clay with Terra Sigilatta
Bruno Kark - Throwing Big
John Toki - Wall Murals
Bede Clark - Drawing & Painting on Clay: Line, Color, Imagery
The Potters' Studio has a gallery space for sharing the creativity that takes place here and introducing special guest artists. Currently in our gallery:
Are you looking for that perfect holiday gift? It’s here! From cups, bowls, vases and plates to wonderful one-of-a-kind sculptures. Each piece is handmade by one of our 30+ studio artists and is sure to be the one holiday gift that will give pleasure and joy for years to come. This will be a fun and festive event for friends and family.
We look forward to seeing each of you there!