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 50%. 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 (less a nonrefundable transaction fee). If you need to cancel within 5 days of the start of your 4 week 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 members 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 at least 3 days before the class you registered for. Within 3 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. You are welcome to bring your own apron or towel, which may be stored on your shelf. 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 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. 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 four weeks, 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. All completed 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.
By the end of your first four-week course, you’ll know the basics and be able to complete pieces from start to finish. After your first 4-week Wheel 1 class, you can either purchase a monthly membership, or take another 4-week Wheel 1 class.
Once you’re able to throw centered cylinders and bowls, you’re ready for Potter's Wheel 2. We find that it takes most people two 4-week Wheel 1 classes, or one 4-week Wheel 1 class followed by a month of membership to develop the necessary skills for Wheel 2.
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:
If you 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. Learn more about membership.
In a One-Time Wheel Class what can I expect to take home with me?
Each person has the opportunity to make two pieces on the wheel. At the end of class, you'll chose your glaze colors. We will fire and glaze each piece, then email you three to four weeks later once they are ready for pickup. If you do not pick up your pieces within three weeks after the 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 or arrange to have it shipped (we can ship anywhere for $25 + postage).
I might need to cancel – what then?
We require 5 days notice before the first Weekly Potter's Wheel Class for a refund. We require 3 days notice prior to your One-time Wheel Class to receive a refund or reschedule. (All refunds are less the nonrefundable transaction fee.) We do our best to rebook any late cancelations and will refund or reschedule if we fill your spot.
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 both firings for up to1500 cubic inches (about 20 mug 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. 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. Your always welcome to signup for a One-time Wheel class together.
Do you offer Kids' Classes?
Teens under 18 may join a class if they are accompanied by an adult in the same class. Kids classes are added to our schedule from time to time.
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.)