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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


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's Wilson Park Studio

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

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.

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. 


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. The gallery features work made by instructors, members, local clay artists, and nationally recognized potters and sculptors. Visit on First Fridays to see what they’ve been up to the rest of the month! Browse new work, watch demonstrations, or test-drive one of the pottery wheels.

Halo Pottery

A small studio offering classes for adults and children in Los Altos.


OVCAG YouTube Channel

OVCAG's YouTube Channel! Watch past General Meeting presentations!

Click here for YouTube Documents! 


The Bay Area Ceramics Arts Forum is a good place to post info and requests for the local ceramics community.

California Lawyers for the Arts

Non-profit service organization that provides lawyer referrals, dispute resolution services, educational programs, publications and resource library to artists of all disciplines and arts organizations.

Ceramics Arts Daily

An online community serving active potters and ceramic artists worldwide, as well as those who are interested in finding out more about this craft. It provides a wide array of tools for learning about and improving skills, and a place for artists to display their work and to share ideas and perspectives about how their art and life interact to shape each other.

Clayart Web Guide

A comprehensive link-guide to ceramic and pottery resources and information.


Great technical articles, links to artists pages, and a free quarterly electronic newsletter


Offers a simple step by step expert system that guides you through the basic process of Glaze Creation and Analysis.

Potters Council

A nonprofit subsidiary of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS). It was formed to serve you: potters, ceramic artists, lovers of clay. Their mission is to meet the needs of studio potters and ceramic artists by providing a place for knowledge exchange and professional enhancement.

The Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild fosters a creative, innovative and supportive environment for the education of students, professionals and the public in the ceramic arts. The Guild is a California non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation. Donations to the Guild are tax deductible.


Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild

P.O Box 71046

Sunnyvale CA, 94086-1046

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