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The Throw Clay LA Team

John Prescott, Studio Manager

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 11 years, and teaching for 9. His passion is teaching wheel to beginners. His creative style engenders textures on large cylinder forms.

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Danny Bruckbauer Instructor

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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Natalie Veenstra Studio Mentor

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, Handbuilding Instructor

Bailey Walters

Instructor, Studio Mentor

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From Camarillo, California, Bailey has been working with clay for over 9 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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Andy Studio Mento and Membership Guru

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 2016, 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.

Marlon Marinero Instructor

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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Bella Vida, Instructor

Arabella Vida

Studio Mentor, Instructor

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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