Studio Memberships

24/7 Access

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.

 
Potters' Studio Interior

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.

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CLAYs

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.

Shimpo Whisper pottery wheels
Slab Roller

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
  • Grinders
  • Spray Booth
  • Glaze Chemicals Lab
  • Kilns, of course
Glaze selection

Glazes

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.

Storage space

Storage Space

With plenty of racks, everyone can store their works-in-progress as they dry.

kilns

8 electric kilns, 6 gas kilns (including soda and raku) with trainings available for members.

Classes

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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. Otherwise free open studio hours for students are:

  • Mon. 1:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Tue. 1:30pm - 6:30pm
  • Wed. 1:30pm - 5:30pm
  • Thu. 10am - 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).

Beginner to Intermediate courses

(Never touched clay before or need regular help)

Intermediate TO Advanced Courses

(Know the basics, but want occasional guidance)

Firing Services

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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. 

Upcoming Workshops

Robert Brady - Approaches to Hand-building Large-Scale Vessels, Abstract and Figurative Sculpture

Robert Brady - Approaches to Hand-building Large-Scale Vessels, Abstract and Figurative Sculpture

Numo Jaeger - Clay Bakers and Chicken Bricks

Numo Jaeger - Clay Bakers and Chicken Bricks

Leah Bowring - Soda Firing: Painting with fire

Leah Bowring - Soda Firing: Painting with fire

Kevin Snipes - The Drawn and Decorated Surface: Mishima, Sgraffito and Color

Kevin Snipes - The Drawn and Decorated Surface: Mishima, Sgraffito and Color