When are you open?
10:00am to 7:00pm on weekends, 12:00pm to 10:00pm Tuesday through Friday.
First time taking a Weekly Class. What can I expect?
At your first class you will meet your instructor, discuss our objectives, and get a tour of the studio. Then we start working with clay right away. At first, we'll focus on creating simple forms such as wheel-thrown bowls and cylinders and hand-built cups. Each week, as you gain comfort with the new materials' limits, we will expand our forms and projects.
In case I need to cancel – what then?
You may cancel at any point up to 5 days prior to the start of your session for a full refund. If you need to cancel within 5 days of the start of your session, you may reschedule. Your entire payment can be applied to session at a later date.
Do I need to purchase any tools or materials before coming?
The studio has tools for you to use. Some advanced members and students prefer to have their own tools as well. Clay and glazes are included in the cost of class.
I’m slammed at work. If I miss a class am I allowed to make it up?
Yes! Just give us advanced notice and you may schedule a make up class within a week. Your missed class can be made up during any other scheduled class that has an open wheel. If you need to miss your very first class, it may be best to reschedule you for another session so you don’t miss out on learning the basics.
What clothes should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting a bit of clay on. The light colored clay we use in class washes out easily. If you’d like to wear an apron, we have them available. Certain glazes may stain a bit so it’s probably best to leave your favorite shirt at home if you’re glazing. It's best to remove any jewelry from your hands and wrists. Long hair should be tied back. We have a box of new hair ties in case you forget yours. If your nails are long, trimming them will make your time on the potter’s wheel a lot easier.
Laundry. Will getting clay or glazes out of my clothing be possible?
Most likely. We recommend wearing something you don’t care about just in case. We aprons for your use, but they won’t cover everything… so think about shoes too.
At the end of four weeks, what can I expect to have accomplished?
Beginners can expect to create a few simple forms such as small bowls or mugs. Intermediate/advanced potters can work on more complicated pieces. Talk to us regarding ideas you may have. The creative possibilities are endless, and we can guide the development of your ideas. By the end of your first four-week course, you’ll be comfortable working on your own in the studio.
Sign up for the next four-week session.
Why do this?
First, mastering the basics takes practice. Working closely with an instructor will ensure you’re learning something new each week. And second is the value of class dynamic and community. Sharing the learning process with others creates a collaborative environment that will help you improve your technique more quickly than you would working on your own.
Become a member.
Why do this? You feel ready to work on your own and want access to the studio during all business hours. Learn more about membership.
One time seems short, what can I expect to take home with me?
You will make two pottery pieces, one hand-built, and one on the wheel. We encourage you to try a four week class and further your skills.
How long do I have to wait to pick up my pieces?
Please allow for drying and firing time. To achieve a finished glaze requires two firings. Newly thrown pieces must dry out completely and slowly before going into the kiln for the first (bisque) firing. Once cool, the glaze is applied and the piece fired again. Each firing can take up to 24 hours followed by a slow cooling time. Typically pieces are ready for pick up 2-3 weeks after completion.
I might need to cancel – what then?
We require 5 days notice before the first class for a refund. Please review our full cancellation and make-up policies on our classes page.
Am I allowed to buy clay outside of THROW CLAY LA?
Because there are many clay types - each requiring different firing temperatures and glaze formulas, all clay used in the studio is provided by Throw Clay LA. Our studio clays and glazes are designed to work with our kilns. (We fire between cone 5-6.) Your clay costs include all firing and glaze fees. Bags of clay cost anywhere from $15-$22 depending on type and weight. We offer a variety of clay types.
How much do you charge for firing my pieces?
Firing and glaze fees are incorporated into the cost of clay.
What’s the best way to get there?
We are located in Downtown Los Angeles, at the corner of Olive & Olympic. We encourage you to use public transportation. The Silver Streak Line and DASH by LADOT (Route D) have stops within one block of Throw Clay LA. Scooters are readily available for rent. Riding a bike? Bike racks for locking your bike are right out front. If you would prefer to drive, metered parking is available on the surrounding streets and is more reasonably priced than the local parking lots.
My best friend just popped into town. Can I bring them along?
Due to safety and class curriculum structure, we can't make allowances for guests to attend unless they are also taking a class. We suggest you sign up together for a 1-time clay class where you can continue projects you’re working on and they can learn to throw on the wheel next to you.
Do you offer Kids' Classes?
Teens under 18 may join a class if they are accompanied by an adult in the same class. We hope to be able to offer a Kids' Class in the future.
Can I bring my four-footed friend?
Because studio work is fragile, and moves about the studio often, it’s impractical to allow animals in the studio. (Exceptions may be made for trained service animals. Contact us if you wish to discuss.)