Fire It Up! Pottery Studios That Are Kiln It

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The flourishing Los Angeles studio pottery scene has a rich history of master artisans who have literally shaped the craft and put this city on the map as the ceramics hub that it is today. Check out our picks to throw down (clay, that is), and go shape your dreams!

This Echo Park pottery studio embraces a “radical ceramics” policy, pushing past making yet another bowl to foster the creation of pieces that are meaningful to artists. It works to connect the ancient art form of pottery back to its cultural roots by way of its own diverse neighborhood. Owned and operated by people of color, POT is the studio to go to for full inclusivity, with some classes taught in Spanish and others specifically for people of color. Sign up now for Psychedelia, a mushroom and crystal decorating workshop on November 9, and learn how hand-sculptured decorations expand consciousness. 1933 Echo Park Avenue

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Still Life Ceramics
ROW in Downtown Los Angeles is home to creatives of all sorts, including Still Life Ceramics, a bohemian-inspired ceramics studio with a retail pottery section for customers stocked by its own artists. It regularly host Rosé & Clay, a beginner pottery class that ends with a completed bowl and a celebratory glass of rosé. Sign up now for the Small Scale Sculpture workshop on November 30, inspired by the nostalgia of favorite things. ROW DTLA, 767 South Alameda Street, Suite 198

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Cobalt & Clay
The most trepid future potters will appreciate the personalized and patient instructors at this Elysian Heights studio. When you’re ready to improve your wheel skills, Cobalt & Clay hosts a variety of monthly workshops designed to help hone specific techniques. At its Joining Two Thrown Pieces class, taking place on November 17, you can learn how to connect your pottery creations to make a functional set. 2017 Riverside Drive

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Bitter Root Pottery
In addition to the flexible hours at all of the four Bitter Root locations, spontaneous creatives will appreciate the no-reservations policy for the quick-and-dirty two-hour Beginner Wheel Throwing class. All materials are provided—just show up 15 minutes before the class, and with an instructor’s guidance, learn how to manipulate the wheel to create a finished glazed piece. If the potter’s wheel is a bit intimidating, the newly opened Beverly Grove location offers a one-time Intro to Handbuilding/Sculpture class to get a taste of this ancient pottery-making technique. 7451 Beverly Boulevard

Echo Ceramics
Echo offers classes for ceramists who want to learn the techniques over time, committing to more than one session. This studio has developed its own method of throwing and makes its own high-fire pottery glazes. Included in the four-week beginner and eight-week intermediate classes is optional unlimited practice time to get some independent experience in between sessions. If the classes help you reach a new calling, Echo students and members are invited to hawk their wares at its annual holiday pottery sale on December 6 and 7. 4875 West Washington Boulevard

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Ball Clay Studio
This Highland Park sculpture and pottery studio offers a five-week beginning-intermediate class that teaches wheel throwing and trimming and glazing techniques, in addition to offering access to the studio outside of class. Alternatively, at-home potters can use the studio just for firing privileges for a monthly or per-piece fee. While the majority of participants are adults, kids who are serious about learning about pottery are welcome to take classes alongside their parents. 4851 York Boulevard

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