The Potters' Studio is a one-of-a-kind ceramics center in Berkeley, California. Helping artists reach their full potential is an important goal, and as part of our program we provide hard-to-find training in studio skills that are important to serious artists, such as how to fire electric and gas kilns and how to mix glazes. Our artists sell their work in our gallery and all over the San Francisco Bay Area.

We offer memberships with 24/7 access, classes, regular high-quality weekly firings, a gallery, and much more. It's a great place to learn, and if you're a more experienced ceramics artist looking for a place to just do your own thing, this is the place!

Greek vase
Pilgrimage to the Earth's Clay Deposits
Works of Five Clay Artists

Sep. 17 - Oct. 16

Maija Williams, Pascal Emmer, Susan Galleymore, Robin Petrie, Matt Walker

The work of these four artists shares a mutual respect for clay drawn from the earth and molded by the hand. Their pieces are heavily influenced by the natural world and the stillness that can be found there.

Soda Kiln Workshop
Painting with Fire
3-Day Soda Firing Workshop
With Shawn Kam and Leah Bowring

Oct. 8 (10-4pm), Oct. 9 (7-5pm* -- includes 3-hour break), & Oct. 12 (6-9pm)

Join us at The Potters’ Studio in Berkeley for an intensive introductory course to soda firing with hands-on training in loading and firing work, making wadding and cone packs, and general safety and care for equipment. Saturday we will discuss clay bodies and firing methods to achieve various aesthetics, apply flashing slips and glazes, and load the kiln. The kiln is fired all day Sunday and unloaded on Wednesday evening. Each person is given one cubic foot of space in the soda firing, so bring CONE 10 bisqueware. Cups are ideal sizes for the stack.

Cost: PS Members/Students: $250  |  Others: $275
There are 12 spots total, but future workshops will run every 3-4 months.

Shawn Kam is the owner of Luvhaus Ceramics and Leah Bowring is The Potters' Studio's Operations Manager.

*Soda firing times may vary, so be prepared to stay until the end of the firing to get the most out of the workshop.

Email or call 510-528-3286 to register.

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