When are you open?
10:00AM to 10:00PM Monday through Friday, and 10:00AM to 7:00PM on weekends. (We are closed New Year's Day, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. We close early at 7:00PM on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.)
What precautions are you taking for Covid-19 prevention?
We currently require proof of vaccination for Covid-19 for everyone in the studio. Make sure you bring your cards and a photo ID. We are operating with our garage door open for a full air flow. We ask you dress warmly for your comfort. A negative PCR test within 48 hours is also acceptable.
What is the studio cancellation policy?
For our One-Time Classes, any changes need to be made at least 3 days before the class you registered for. Within 3 days, refunds (less a nonrefundable transaction fee) or reschedules depend on our ability to re-book your reserved wheel. This allows us time to re-book the wheel.
For our Six-Week Courses, you may cancel at any point up to 5 days prior to the start of your session for a full refund (less a nonrefundable transaction fee). If you need to cancel within 5 days of the start of your Six-Week Course, a refund or reschedule will depend on our ability to re-book the wheel - a good chance.
First time taking a Weekly 6-Week Course. 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. First, we'll focus on creating simple forms. Each week, as you gain comfort with the new materials' limits, we will expand development of your skills.
Do I need to purchase any tools or materials before coming?
The studio has tools for you to use. Some members prefer to have their own tools as well. Clay and glazes are included in the cost of the course.
I’m slammed at work. If I miss a week am I allowed to make it up?
For our 6-Week Courses, give us one or two weeks of advance notice if you need to miss one of your classes. Your first missed class can be made up on a different day if there is an open wheel. If you need to miss the first week of a course, it may be best to reschedule you for another session so you don’t miss out on learning the basics about the studio - but we do ask 5 days notice if you plan on any changes.
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. You are welcome to bring your own apron or towel, which may be stored on your shelf if you are taking a course. Our large garage door window is open most of the time, so dress according to the weather. Certain glazes may stain a bit so it’s probably a good idea 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. Closed toed shoes will keep your toes safe.
Laundry. Will getting clay or glazes out of my clothing be possible?
Most clays wash out in a normal wash cycle. Some darker clays and glazes may stain some clothes. You are welcome to bring your own apron or towel.
At the end of a six week course, what can I expect to have accomplished?
Beginners can expect to create five to eight 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. As your skills develop, you’ll be able to move on to more complex forms.
By the end of your first Six-Week Course, you’ll know the basics and be able to complete pieces from start to finish. Following an Introduction Course you may re-enroll in another Six-Week Introduction Course to continue to hone your skills until you become confident in the studio. Next up is Continuing Potter's Wheel where you will learn about additional clay bodies, glazing techniques and expand your skill set as you develop your creative style. Following your first Six-Week Course you are also eligible to join the studio by purchasing a monthly membership.
All completed course work must be picked up from Throw Clay LA no later than 4 weeks after a student’s final class. Throw Clay LA is not responsible for any work left longer than 4 weeks. In order to make room on our shelves, we will need to discard any work remaining in studio 4 weeks after the last class in your course.
Once you’ve been introduced to throwing centered cylinders and bowls, you’re ready for Continuing Potter's Wheel. We find many people choose to take two Six-Week Introduction to Potter's Wheel courses before moving on to Continuing Potter's Wheel. You may also explore hand building skills by taking Introduction to Creative Pottery. Intermediate Potter's Wheel is for members and potter's who are confident in their abilities to throw and can easily center and pull a cylinder.
Why repeat courses?
First, mastering the basics takes practice. Working closely with an instructor will ensure you’re learning something new each week. Second is the value of the class dynamic and the strength of 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:
If you really feel ready to work on your own and want access to the studio during all business hours, sign up for a membership. Throw Clay is a fun neighborhood community of creative friends - learn and grow with your fellow potters. You can find information about memberships here.
In a One-Time Wheel or One-Time Creative Pottery Class what can I expect to take home with me?
Each person has the opportunity to make two pieces during your two-hour session. At the end of class, you'll choose your glaze colors. We will fire and glaze each piece, then email you three to four weeks later once they are ready for pickup. For wheel classes, you will create bowls or small planters. The Creative Pottery classes rotate projects depending on the week of the month, so you might make mugs, candlestick holders, appetizer trays or planters.
If you have not picked up your pieces within three weeks after your first email, we will send a second email notification. If we don’t hear from you within 10 days of the second email, we may discard your pieces to free up shelf space. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up their work at any time during our open hours or arrange to have it shipped (we can ship anywhere for $25 + postage). You do not need to call ahead before coming in to pick up your pottery.
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?
A membership includes both firings for up to1500 cubic inches (about 20 mug sized pieces) per month. (Larger pieces count for more, smaller pieces count for less.) We are currently not accepting outside firing. For Six-week Courses, firing and glaze fees are incorporated into the cost of the course.
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. There is a lot directly behind the studio you may park in as well.
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. You are always welcome to sign up for a One-time Pottery class together.
Do you offer Kids' Classes?
Teens under 18 may join a class if they are accompanied by an adult booked in the same class. Kids' classes are added to our schedule from time to time, so check with the studio regarding our current offerings.
Can I bring my four-footed friend?
Because studio work is fragile, and is moved about the studio often, it’s impractical to have an 'Open to All Animals' policy in the studio. (Exceptions may be made for trained service animals. Contact us if you wish to discuss.)