The Throw Clay LA Team

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John Prescott

Studio Manager/Instructor

Founder of pottery studio Throw Clay LA, John has created his vision of a relaxed and fun clay community in the heart of DTLA. Born in California and raised in Portland, OR, John has been working creatively with clay for over 10 years, and teaching for 8. His passion is teaching wheel to beginners. His creative style engenders textures on large cylinder forms.

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Danny Bruckbauer

Instructor/Studio Mentor
 

Danny hails from Fargo, North Dakota where a relative potter sparked his interest in throwing early in high school. He continued his education at St. John's University in Minnesota. His artistic focus encompasses both wheel and handbuilding techniques. Also singer, he finds all creative endeavors appealing. His style in his pottery forms have strong lines and abrupt changes in direction. Wood firing is his favorite firing technique.
 

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Marlon Marinero

Instructor, Studio Mentor

 

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Marlon took a class in college and fell in love with the process and chemistry of ceramics. Teaching wheel and handbuilding for the past four years, Marlon is also a studio technician and production potter. His art deals with movement and shapes. Pushing the clay with his fingers, he manipulates forms into sculptures. Currently he is developing a series focused on textured glazes. 

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Arabella Vida

Studio Mentor

From Los Angeles, Bella has created sculptures since her childhood. After taking wheel throwing classes both locally and in Greece, and sculpture in college, she continued to develop sculpting techniques throughout special effects makeup school where she learned to design prosthetics for film. Arabella’s artistic focus blends various mediums into single pieces. With main passions of painting and sculpting, and she also enjoys implementing fabrication techniques such as life casting and mold making in my work. With works heavily inspired by art historical references, Arabella believes that it is just as important to continue learning art history as it is to create art itself. Her art explores themes that continue to bring awareness to social topics such as feminism and mental health advocacy.

 

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Ziheng Zhu

Instructor, Studio Mentor

Originally from China, Zi was brought into the art realm through family influences. With a number of creative interests, Zi has chosen clay as his main medium because of its malleable property and freeform expression. Zi has been involved with clay for over 10 years, receiving his BA from the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts and his MFA from the Rhode Island school of design. His works capture the emotion around political and social injustice issues.

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Andy

Instructor/Studio Mentor
 

Originally from the other coast, Andy caught the pottery bug in high school. Through the years she's developed her skills working with wonderful teachers and mentors. In 2106, she began teaching how to create a wide range of forms and wares both on the potter's wheel and by handbuilding in the Los Angeles area. Andy joined the Throw Clay LA community just after it opened in 2020. She feels clay is a like a language - the more you learn and practice, the more creative you become. Her works express her fascination with the delicate balance between form and surface design.

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Ellie Levy

Instructor/Studio Mentor

Native to Los Angeles, Ellie began working with clay in middle school. After earning her BFA in ceramics from the University of Michigan, she spent time teaching art in Japan. Her work is very much about surface treatments as she contemplates the choices between function and design. Ellie's work is biologically inspired as she creates on the wheel, through sculptural handbuilding and printmaking. 

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Natalie Veenstra

Instructor, Studio Mentor

Natalie is a local from La Crescenta, CA. After taking an intro to ceramics class at Glendale Community College, Natalie continued studying at Pasadena City College before continuing at CSULB where she is pursuing her BFA in Ceramics. Passionate about the art, Natalie is currently working on a series of abstract figural sculptures, relating to the human body. While refining her wheel technique, she also is focused on large scale sculpture in the medium.

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Bailey Walters

Instructor, Studio Mentor

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From Camarillo, California, Bailey has been working with clay for over 7 years. She came to appreciate ceramics and its community after witnessing how lively the annual Holiday Sale at Moorpark Community College was. After spending a couple years at Moorpark learning wheelthrown and handbuilt techniques, they transferred to Cal State Long Beach, receiving their BFA in Ceramics in 2020. Bailey's artistic focus is on sculptures or handbuilt works that recreate images or scenes of the home.

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