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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.