When are you open?
10:00am to 10:00pm Monday through Friday, and 10:00am to 7:00pm on weekends. (We are closed January 1st, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.)
What precautions are you taking for Covid-19 prevention?
We have changed the configuration of our studio so all wheels have been spaced > 6' apart. Our capacity is being limited to 20% (12 people total), and we use a non-contact infrared thermometer to check all those entering the studio. Masks are required, hands sanitized upon entering, and maximum number of people at a time set at two for our glazing and work tables. We are operating with our garage door open for a full air flow. We ask you dress warmly for your comfort.
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 a Weekly Class Booking – 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, a refund or reschedule will depend on our ability to re-book the wheel.
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?
For our One-Time Classes, any changes need to be made 5 days before the class you registered for. Within 5 days, refunds depend on our ability to re-book your reserved wheel. This allows us time to re-book the wheel. For our weekly classes, give us advance notice if you need to cancel one of your classes. Your first missed class can be made up with similar class on a different day if it 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 - but we ask 5 days notice if you plan on changing.
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. During winter and Covid-19 precautions, dress warmly as our garage door is open for full air flow. 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 provide a clean towel for our one-time classes to use, but it won’t cover everything… so think about your shoes too. You are welcome to bring your own apron.
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 or become a member. The costs are roughly the same. Members receive a discount on classes with available wheels.
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.
Consider becoming a member.
Why do this? You feel ready to work on your own and want access to the studio during all business hours. Throw Clay is a fun neighborhood community of creative friends - learn and grow with your fellow potters. Learn more about membership.
One time seems short, what can I expect to take home with me?
You will make two pottery pieces on the wheel. We will fire and glaze with your color selection and you can pick up in about three weeks. 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 three or so weeks after completion.
I might need to cancel – what then?
We require 5 days notice before the first class for a full refund or to reschedule a class. Our full cancellation and make-up policies are outlined in Question 5 above and at checkout, but reach out if you have a question.
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 $18-$26 depending on type and weight. We offer a variety of clay types.
How much do you charge for firing my pieces?
Membership includes the firing of up to 20 cup sized pieces per month. (Larger pieces count for more, smaller pieces count for less.) Outside firing of cone 6 clay may be available depending on kiln space. Inquire for outside firing rates. For weekly classes, firing and glaze fees are incorporated into the cost of clay purchased and used at the studio.
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 is moved about the studio often, it’s impractical to have and Open to All Animals policy in the studio. (Exceptions may be made for trained service animals. Contact us if you wish to discuss.)