Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild

Bay Area Ceramics Classes

Community Colleges

Many colleges offer complete ceramics programs, including sculpture, hand-building, wheel, glazing, and pottery classes. Studio hours often allow access outside of class times.

De Anza College

Foothill College

Gavilan College

San Jose City College

West Valley College


City Programs

Berkeley Art Studio

Beginner through advanced pottery and sculpture classes. The Berkeley Art Studio is on the UC Berkeley campus, but registration is open to the entire community as well as UC Students, Faculty, and Staff.We are a fully equipped ceramics studio that supports multiple hand building and wheel throwing techniques. We work with stoneware and porcelain clays, firing to cone 6 as well as raku firing. You can sign up for classes or general studio use. All firing and glaze materials are included in the cost of classes and/or studio membership.

City of Cupertino/Wilson Park Studio

Beginning/intermediate ceramic and mixed media classes for children and adults.

Please contact Trudi Burney via email: tab01@sbcglobal.net

Morgan Hill Community School

Beginning and intermediate ceramics classes. Beginning classes for children.

Mountain View / Los Altos

Beginning ceramics classes.

Palo Alto Art Center

Beginning and intermediate ceramics classes. Class fees include studio access.

Peninsula Volunteers Little House, Roslyn G. Morris Activity Center

Activity center in Menlo Park with ceramics studio and classes. Open to the public several times a week.

See http://www.penvol.org/littlehouse/art-classes.cfm for the latest course offerings.

Sunnyvale Community Center

Beginning and intermediate ceramics classes. Adult and children's classes available. Discount for Sunnyvale residents.

Walnut Creek Clay Arts Guild

An educational setting where participants can learn and share basic skills in ceramics.

Beginning, intermediate and advanced students all participate in this studio, where the emphasis is on developing skills and not production ceramics.


Private Studios

Alpha Fired Arts

Alpha Fired Arts is a creative hub for hobbyists, professional clay artists and teachers. It's Northern California's largest ceramic supply company, offering a huge assortment of supplies, classes for children and adults, working studio memberships and firing services.

Blossom Hill Crafts Pottery

Ceramics classes in hand thrown pottery are small, individualized, and offered in day and evening sessions Monday through Saturday. Tuition includes unlimited practice time - when classes are not in session.

Higher Fire Clayspace & Gallery

Higher Fire is both a teaching studio and contemporary ceramics gallery. Classes for adults in wheel throwing and hand building are offered in many packages to suit a variety of schedules. Workshops are offered by local and nationally known potters. Private lessons and parties may also be arranged. Our gallery features work made by our instructors, members, local clay artists, and nationally recognized potters and sculptors. Visit on First Fridays so we can show you what we’ve been up to the rest of the month! Browse new work, watch demonstrations, or test-drive one of our pottery wheels.