Parking Lot Sale

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 12 – 5pm

Stop by our huge parking lot sale this Saturday! Work by new emerging artists and established potters, sculptural and functional work. See you Saturday!

Featuring work by:
Ajay Manthripragada
Astrid Keene
Ava DeCapri
Barbara Llewellyn
Bonnie Drucker
Brigitte Everett
Cat Rinaldo
Donn Buchfinck
Gerda Korner
Hanah Goldov
Jenny Joh
Jessica Cross
John Steinberg
Karole Calvin
Kathy Lam
Kim Nelson
Leah Kallen
Lynn Paige
Maija Williams
Nichol Markowitz
Pamala Nishiyama
Samantha Tieger
Sami Maisel
Sarah Dobbins
Sherry Haberman
Sue Levin
Sue Meinke

Akio Nukaga
Japanese Master Potter Akio Nukaga
Visiting Artist Demo

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 10am – 12pm OR 1pm – 3pm

The same topics will be covered in each session.

In this demo, Akio will show wheel throwing from cup to bowl to teapot to large jar pot. He will show a technique called shinogi. Shinogi is a Japanese traditional decorating technique where hand-carving or engraving is done on the surface of the pot.

Akio Nukaga is a recognized Master of Traditional Craft in Japan and is currently the Director of the Kasama Pottery Cooperative in Ohashi, Kasama City, Japan. He makes one-of-a-kind hand-thrown vessels and pots for everyday use. In addition to the shinogi technique, he specializes in the kohiki technique, in which the surface of a dark clay body is covered in white porcelain slip, and then coated with a clear glaze.

Cost: $25

Email, call 510-528-3286, or visit to arrange payment. Limited enrollment.

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

July 22 (10-4pm), July 23 (7-5pm* -- includes 3-hour break), & July 26 (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.

Michelle Gregor
A Michelle Gregor Workshop
Improvisation with the Figure: Form and Surface Techniques in Clay Sculpture

August 12, 13, 2017: 10am - 4:30pm each day

In this workshop, we'll explore an improvisational approach to sculpting the figure in clay. Techniques of building solid and then hollowing will be emphasized. Each step of the creative process will be covered, from ideation through construction. Surface development and firing methods will also be covered. This class is hands on! All skill levels are welcome, beginning through advanced.

SF Bay Area artist Michelle Gregor creates sculpture in high-fire ceramic and bronze. Her work has been described as lyrical, graceful, and spiritual. Her figurative sculptures are in many private collections. She has a B.F.A. degree from University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.F.A. degree from San Francisco State University.

Cost: PS Members and Students: $225  |  Others: $250

Email, call 510-528-3286, or visit to arrange payment. Limited enrollment.

Scott Jennings
A Scott Jennings Workshop
Hand-building with Slabs: Stretching the Possibilities

September 10, 2017: 10am - 4:30pm

During this hands-on workshop, Scott will demonstrate how he uses clay slabs to create his unique hand-built forms. He will show how to create the patterns that he uses to make each piece, how he uses texture to make interesting surfaces, and how he assembles and creates volume in ceramic forms without using the wheel. Scott will also demonstrate how he makes wire handles for teapots.

Scott Jennings studied ceramics at California State University, Fullerton, earning a B.F.A. in ceramics in 1996. He currently teaches at Ruby’s Clay Studio, Palo Alto Art Center, Higher Fire Studios, and at Clay By The Bay. His work in the ceramics industry includes working as the Dinnerware Production Manager for Heath Ceramics.

Cost: PS Members and Students: $100  |  Others: $125

Email, call 510-528-3286, or visit to arrange payment. Limited enrollment.

Scott Jennings
A Bruno Kark Workshop
Throwing Big

October 15, 2017: 10am - 4:30pm

Come watch and learn as Bruno Kark demonstrates wheel techniques for making really big work: dry-pound-centering large amounts of clay, stacking multi-sectional forms, and other techniques to GO BIG!

He'll demonstrate an amphorae, a huge platter, and possibly a globe and/or other forms. Then Bruno will assist you to double, triple (or more!) the size you can throw!

The first half of the day will feature Bruno talking and demo-ing. Then following a short lunch break, students will get down to work for the second half of the day, under Bruno's supervision.

This workshop is being repeated due to popular demand!

Cost: PS Members and Students: $100  |  Others: $125

Email, call 510-528-3286, or visit to arrange payment. Limited enrollment.