Nov 28, 2023

The Best Pottery Classes In Los Angeles (East & West Side) Coming Up - With Reviews And Sign-Up Dates

Explore the best upcoming pottery classes in LA by neighborhood (east side, west side and more). And see reviews of each ceramics studio.

Ceramics in LA

Pottery classes in Los Angeles are not just for hobbyists, but have become a must-do experience for many residents and visitors alike. The history of ceramics and pottery in Los Angeles dates back to the indigenous Tongva people who created pottery for everyday use. Today, Los Angeles is home to some of the best pottery classes in the world, attracting celebrities like Seth Rogen, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the Franco brothers.

For those looking to hone their craft, Los Angeles offers a variety of options when it comes to pottery classes. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned ceramist, there is a ceramics class in Los Angeles that will suit your needs. From beginner courses that teach the basics of wheel throwing to advanced workshops that focus on glaze techniques, pottery classes LA have something to offer everyone.

For those who want to learn about the history of ceramics in Los Angeles, there are also opportunities to visit local museums, galleries, and artists' studios. Whether you are looking for a leisurely hobby or a new career, pottery classes in Los Angeles are a must-try experience. With so many options to choose from, you are sure to find the best pottery classes in Los Angeles to suit your needs.

We’ve broken down our list of the best upcoming pottery classes in L.A. by geography, East and West:

Best Pottery Classes in the L.A. East Side:

Cobalt and Clay - Elysian Valley / Frogtown

2017 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039

A bright blue (cobalt) facade greets you along Riverside drive at Cobalt and Clay. The surprisingly spacious studio offers hand-building, wheel-throwing, and sculpting classes for adults and children. Their knowledgeable and patient instructors provide a supportive and fun environment for learning and growth. Reviews of the studio highlight its welcoming atmosphere and the quality of its classes. Whether for a date or just a night out with friends, or to learn pottery, Cobalt and Clay is a cozy and relaxing place to visit.

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Beginning Wheel Throwing October 30 - December 4
November 1 - December 13
Mon & Wed: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Available
Continued Wheel Throwing Class September 21 - October 26 Thurs: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Available
One Time Throwing Class October 28
October 29
November 2
November 4
Saturday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Thursday 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Private Session Anytime Schedule an appointment Available

The Pottery Studio - Atwater Village

2992 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

The Pottery Studio is a ceramic arts center with six locations (four across greater LA). The one in Atwater is one of the largest of the East Side. They offer a wide range of ceramic classes for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. With a well-equipped studio that artists can rent by the hour, the goal is to create a supportive and creative community where individuals can express themselves through clay. Reviews highlight the knowledgeable and patient instructors, supportive community of artists, and relaxed atmosphere, making it a great place for individuals to explore their artistic potential. Whether you're a beginner looking to get started, an advanced artist looking to improve, or simply looking for a fun and creative activity, The Pottery Studio has something to offer.

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Introduction to Wheel Throwing November 7 & December 5 Tuesday 7pm-9pm Available
Returning Wheel November 5
November 7
Sunday 11am-1pm
Tuesday 4:30pm-6:30pm
Handbuilding Exploration November 6 & December 4
November 2 & December 7
November 4 & December 2
Monday 7 PM - 9 PM
Thursday 4:30pm-6:30pm
Saturday 3pm-5pm
Returning Handbuilding November 5 & December 3 Sunday 12pm-2pm Available

Still Life Studio - Downtown / Arts District

588 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Still Life's East Side location is located in The Row condo / boutique complex in DTLA. The quality of teaching here is exceptional, making the studio ideal for both beginners and experienced ceramic artists. The mission of Still Life Ceramics is to embrace students' unique visions and approaches to making, fostering a relaxed and supportive atmosphere for learning and growth. The studio attracts a diverse range of people, from younger individuals after work to older artists who have been coming for years. It's a great place to network and create beautiful pieces of pottery. Still Life stands out for the serious ceramics artists, and their curation of visiting artists and workshops is outstanding.

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Glaze Application November 7, 14, 21 & 28 Tuesdays 4pm-6pm Available
Continuing Wheel (8 weeks) November 6, 13, 20, 27 Mon: 7 PM - 9 PM Available
One Hour Classes Multiple dates Schedule an appointment Available

Claytivity Pottery Studio - Silverlake

3028 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Right on Sunset in the heart of Silverlake, with a sister location in Frogtown (and a new one opening in Burbank soon!), Claytivity is a welcoming community where anyone from novices to experts can express themselves through the art of pottery and ceramics. The studio offers monthly membership and provides classes for beginners and experienced individuals, with a professional and fun atmosphere. The studio is open 24/7 for member use only and provides a supportive environment for ceramic artists of all types. The studio's owner, Cherie, and her team are known for being helpful and encouraging, with a fun vibe and a clean, organized space. The studio also takes smart precautions for keeping their members healthy and safe. Overall, Claytivity Pottery Studio is a great choice for anyone looking to join a supportive community and improve their ceramic skills. People of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels come to Claytivity to take classes and build their pieces, and they consistently have a great time.

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Beginning Wheel 1 November 1
November 2
November 6
November 7
Wednesday: 6PM - 9PM
Thursday: 6PM - 9PM
Monday: 6PM - 9PM
Tuesday: 9AM - 12PM
Book Here
Beginning Wheel 2 Check Website Wednesday: 7PM - 9PM
Saturday: 3PM - 5PM (If not a BW1 or Advanced Class)
Check Website
Beginning Handbuilding November 7 Tuesday: 6PM - 9PM Book Here

Bitter Root Pottery - Hollywood & Culver City

7451 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

3609 Hayden Ave, Culver City, CA 90232

With three locations in Los Angeles, Bitter Root stands out for the unique settings of their studios - including a rooftop with views of the Hollywood Hills. The quality of teaching is considered top-notch, with experienced instructors who are dedicated to helping students achieve their artistic goals. The studio provides a supportive and creative environment for students to explore their passion for pottery, and its mission is to create a community of artists who can learn, grow, and create together. People of all ages and backgrounds attend the studio, including younger people after work, older people who have been coming for years, and local artists. Rather than ongoing "courses", for non-members Bitter Root specializes in one-time clinics and private or group lessons, making them a great choice for an outing or just to try it out.

Beverly Grove:

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Open Wheel Beginner Many Sat & Sun: 10:30 AM Available
Adult Beginner Wheel Throwing Many Mon - Fri: 1PM, 4PM, 7PM
Sat & Sun: 1PM, 4PM, 7PM


Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
ADULT Beginner Wheel Throwing Class Baroque Many Mon - Fri: 12pm, 4pm, 7pm
Sat & Sun: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm
Intermediate Wheel-Throwing Many Every Wed: 7PM - 9PM Available

Hayden Tract:

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Open Wheel Beginner Many Mon - Fri: 11AM, 2PM
Sat & Sun: 11AM
Adult Beginner Wheel Throwing Many Mon - Fri: 4PM, 7PM
Sat: 1PM, 4PM, 7PM
Sun: 1PM & 4PM

McGroarty Arts Center - Tujunga / La Cañada / Burbank

7570 McGroarty Terrace, Tujunga, CA 91042

The McGroarty Arts Center is a community arts center located in Tujunga, California, offering a variety of programs and services in the arts. With a focus on promoting and supporting local artists, the center provides a space for artists to showcase their work, develop their skills, and engage with the local community. Classes, workshops, exhibitions, and performances are offered at the center, and it has received positive reviews for its welcoming and supportive atmosphere. Whether you're an aspiring artist, a poet, or just looking to participate in a fun and creative activity, the McGroarty Arts Center has something to offer. Membership here is recommended, as it is an inexpensive investment for great discounts on classes.

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Adult Ceramics January 9, 2024
January 11, 2024
January 12, 2024
January 13, 2024
Tue: 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Thur: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri: 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Sat: 9:00AM - 12:00PM & 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Sign Up
Adult Beginning Ceramics January 12, 2024 Wed: 6:30PM - 9:30PM Sign Up
Teen Ceramics January 8, 2024 Mon: 5:00PM - 6:30PM Sign Up
Youth Ceramics January 9, 2024
January 10, 2024
Tue: 4:30 PM - 5:30PM
Wed: 4:30 PM - 5:30PM
Sign Up

Best Pottery Classes in the L.A. West Side:

Still Life Studio - Santa Monica

850 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Still Life Studio in Santa Monica is much like its sister studio in Downtown LA. It offers a welcoming and inspiring environment for pottery enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels. The studio's patient and talented instructors are known for providing individualized attention to each student, ensuring an enjoyable and rewarding experience. With a supportive community, Still Life Studios frequently hosts events and workshops to engage members and help them develop their skills. The space is known for its cleanliness and organization, creating an ideal atmosphere for fostering creativity. People looking for a supportive and creative community for their ceramic art hobby would enjoy Still Life Studio.

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Beginning Handbuilding Multiple Dates Wed: 7PM - 9PM
Sat: 1PM - 3PM
Mon: 7PM - 9PM
Book Here
Continuing Handbuilding Nov 7, 14, 21, 28 Tue: 7PM - 9PM Book Here
Glaze Application Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 Mon: 5PM - 7PM Book Here
Beginning Wheel Multiple Dates Sat: 10 AM - 12 PM & 1 PM - 3 PM
Mon: 7 PM - 9 PM
Tue: 4:30 PM - 6:30PM
Wed: 2 PM - 4 PM & 7 PM - 9 PM
Thur: 4:30 PM - 6:30PM & 7 PM - 9 PM
Book Here
November Continuing Wheel Multiple Dates Tue: 7PM - 9PM
Sat: 4:30 PM - 6:30PM
Book Here

Temple of Mediclaytion - Venice

350 Sunset Ave, Venice, CA 90291

If you’re looking for a studio with the Venice art-scene vibe, this is it. Temple of Mediclaytion is run by Patrick Johnson, a knowledgeable instructor and authentic mud man. The studio is floor to ceiling stacked with art and houses a tight-knit community of potters, hobbyists, and beginners. It’s a great place for those who show up ready to work and learn. However, it may not be suitable for those who are not willing to put in the effort or have an entitled attitude.

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Ceramic Social - Venice

361 Vernon Ave Studio #7, Venice, CA 90291

Ceramic Social is one of the most inviting studios in West LA. Owner Elizabeth Orleans fosters a fun and relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy the creative process of pottery making. The studio offers a combination of socializing and learning, making it perfect for afterwork events or group gatherings. The studio focuses on hand building and provides a variety of tools and materials to help bring each person's artistic vision to life. Whether you are an experienced potter or just looking to try something new with your hands, Ceramic Social is a great choice.

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Single Sessions Oct 31, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21 Tue: 5:30PM - 8:30PM & 6:00 PM - 9 PM Book Here
6 Week Workshop Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21, Nov 28, Dec 5, Dec 12 Tue: 6:00 PM - 9 PM Book Here
Private Events Schedule (3 hr) Book Here

Hands in Clay L.A. - Mar Vista

3795 Boise Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Hands in Clay L.A. is a pottery studio established in Mar Vista in 2021, taking over the space from Peach Tree Pottery. Hands in Clay offers three unique spaces for hand-building, wheel work, and glazing, and provides a range of clays and glazes for students to choose from. The young co-owners and instructors, Donna and Richard, are passionate and dedicated to their craft and provide personalized attention to each student. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced potter, "Hands in Clay L.A." is a great place to explore your creativity, learn new techniques, and de-stress from daily life.  It offers flexible class packages, so you can pick and choose when to go. This is a great and growing studio.

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Introduction Class 9/8 & 10/6
9/2, 9/9, 10/14, 11/4"
Fri: 7 PM - 9:30 PM
Sat: 7 PM - 9:30 PM
Book Here
Class Package(Flexi OR Series) Multiple Dates Mon - Thur: 6:30 PM - 9 PM Book Here
Private lessons Multiple Dates Mon to Thur: 11 AM - 5:30 PM (Youth & Adult)
Fri: 10 AM - 4 PM (Adults Only)
Sat: 4 PM - 6 PM (Adults Only)
Book Here

Full-Circle Pottery - Mar Vista

12023 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Full-Circle Pottery on Venice Blvd provides a supportive and creative environment for all skill levels to explore the art of pottery. They offer classes, camps, events, and memberships and have an existing community of skillful and playful enthusiasts that slants towards an older demographic—unless of course a children’s camp. The teaching quality and passion factor at Full-Circle is excellent, patient, and kind. The rates are reasonable too, making Full-Circle Pottery a good choice for anyone looking for a community-focused pottery studio that encourages happiness through clay.

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Adult “Intro 4” - Beginner Multiple Dates Mon or Tue: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Wed: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Book Here
Step Up To Studio September 6, 13, & 20
September 9, 16 & 23"
Wed: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Sat: 2 PM - 4 PM
Book Here
Semi-Privates Multiple Dates 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Register Here

Good Dirt L.A. - Marina Del Rey

4505 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

Good Dirt LA is a well-received pottery studio with a friendly and inspiring staff, who offer ample individual attention in small class sizes. The studio offers a wide range of classes, from introductory to more advanced levels, allowing for growth and learning at one's own pace. The studio classes are relaxing, stress-free, and sometimes therapeutic, where friendships are formed and a love for the art form is developed. The studio owner, Lina, is praised for her care for the students and creating a family-like environment. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced potter, Good Dirt LA is highly recommended for anyone looking for a creative outlet.

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Intro to Wheel Throwing Pick a day Book a Schedule Sign Up
Intro to Hand Building Pick a day Book a Schedule Sign Up
6-Week Pottery Boot Camp Pick a day Book a Schedule Sign Up
6-Week Mixed-Levels Class Pick a day Book a Schedule Sign Up
Private Group Class Pick a day Mon: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Tue: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Wed: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fri: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM / 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sun: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Book Here

*Email to get on the waitlist

The Pottery Studio - Culver City

8455 Steller Dr, Culver City, CA 90232

The Pottery Studio is a well-established studio with six different locations. There are four in the LA area, one in SF and one in Chicago. Each maintains a distinct open and spacious style and attracts some of the best potters in their areas. This studio in Culver City has to be the largest in West LA. Its vaulted wooden beamed ceilings leave it feeling as much like a museum as it is a place to practice. The studio is known for its friendly atmosphere and well-maintained equipment. The instructors are highly praised for their helpfulness both in and outside of class, and the costs are considered reasonable. The studio also has a shop that sells a variety of tools and artisanal items. Whether you're a beginner looking to learn the basics or a more experienced potter looking for a community of artists, The Pottery Studio is a great choice.

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Members Only LA - Culver City

4234 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

Members Only LA is a ceramics studio in Los Angeles, California that was founded in 2015. It is known for its welcoming community and spacious facilities and focuses on catering to experienced potters. Its sister studio, Good Dirt L.A. caters more to beginners. But at MoLA, members enjoy friendly staff and members, fast kiln turnaround time, and convenient location near restaurants and coffee shops. 

Explore memberships here.

Echo Art Studio - Mid-City

3375 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Echo Art Studio is a well-regarded ceramics studio and art studio founded in Los Angeles, California in 1999. It focuses on offering pottery classes for all ages as well as ceramics memberships. The studio memberships grant artists and hobbyists 24/7 access to the studio and includes options for fire-only members that do their work at home. The instructors, including Carlos, Yuli, Ki, Brenda, and Donna, are highly regarded for their expertise and friendliness. ‍

Class Start Date Schedule Sign Up
Beginning Wheel Throwing Multiple Dates Mon: 7PM - 9 PM, 11 AM - 1PM
Wed: 7PM - 9 PM
Fri: 11AM - 1PM
Sat: 10 AM - 12 PM, 1PM - 3PM
Sun: 12PM - 2PM, 3PM - 5 PM
Hand-building Multiple Dates Fri: 11 AM - 1 PM
Sat: 10AM - 12 PM
Intermediate Wheel Throwing Multiple Dates Tue: 7 PM - 9 PM
Wed: 12 PM - 2 PM
Thur: 4 PM - 6 PM, 7 PM - 9 PM

Summer Studios - Lomita

2161 Lomita Blvd Lomita, CA 90717

Summer Studios is a community art studio that offers a wide range of art classes for kids, teens, and adults. The studio offers affordable courses with renowned instructors in various areas of art, including pottery. The studio has received positive reviews, with students praising the experienced and patient instructors, the fun and carefree environment, and the affordable classes. The studio offers studio space, art supplies, and a library for students to use. Summer Studios is a great place for all ages and skill levels.

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Ceramics Wheel Throwing Levels I and II Book here

Clay On First - Long Beach

406 E 1st St b, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Clay on First ceramics studio in Long Beach offers a welcoming environment for people of all ages and levels of ceramics experience. They offer classes for vacationers, Saturday adventurists, summer campers, and members who rent space to create their own work. The studio’s location is right downtown, and its owner, Clay, is super friendly and easy-going. Inside, the studio itself is vibrant, with murals on every wall, and well maintained. Members have access to a variety of resources, including pottery wheels, kilns, and materials, and there are fire-only memberships for hobbyists that work at home. If you’re in the area, be sure to stop by its sister store, Cone 11 Studio right next door for a great selection of art, plants, gifts, and plenty of pots.

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One-Time Classes Multiple Dates Check Class schedule Book Here & Join Waitlist
Multi-Class Series Multiple Dates Check Class schedule Book Here & Join Waitlist
Ceramics Workshop Session Packs Multiple Dates Various Book Here

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