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The Throw Clay LA Team

John Prescott, Studio Manager

John Prescott

Owner/Studio Manager

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 12 years, and teaching for 10. 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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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 seven 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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Natalie Veenstra Studio Mentor

Natalie Veenstra

Glaze Artist, Studio Mentor

Natalie was born and raised in the LA area and is a graduate from CSULB with a BFA in Ceramics. During her study she focused on abstract sculpture inspired by themes in nature. She meticulously formulates custom glazes tailored for studio use in the Throw Clay LA glaze kitchen. She is currently living and making work in Long Beach, CA.

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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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Ambar Arias

Instructor/Studio Mentor
 

Native to Koreatown in Los Angeles, Ambar found a small local studio where she learned the basics and developed her interest in wheel throwing by practicing nonstop. Five months into it, she began teaching and changed the direction of her life into one that is focused on artistic expression. She creates functional pottery that express political and social messages – commentaries on police misconduct, racism and feminism. Looking to spark conversation while creating community among like-minded people who also believe in justice, changing structures that abuse their power, and ending state-sanctioned violence, Ambar is passionate about sharing her pottery knowledge. Her style is thoughtful, thorough, and easy to understand in a diverse city where English is a second language for many.

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Aidan Flynn

Instructor/Studio Mentor
 

Aidan Flynn, originally from Northern Michigan, discovered her passion for ceramics through a high school experimental glazes class, later reigniting it while pursuing a BFA in Printmaking at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Blending handbuilding, throwing, and casting techniques with influences from printmaking, her work reflects a dynamic interplay of form and surface. Artistically, Aidan explores the realm of functional yet whimsical pottery, drawing inspiration from trinkets, tchotchkes, and garage sale finds to create pieces that challenge perceptions of everyday objects and invite joy in the unexpected.

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Virginia Murray

Instructor, Studio Mentor

 

Virginia, a North Carolina native, was raised in a household where handmade pottery was appreciated. In college, a clay project prompted a change of major, culminating in a BFA in Ceramics from the University of North Florida. Her artistic path seamlessly merges throwing and handbuilding techniques, crafting functional pottery that harmonizes form and function. Initially captivated by atmospheric firings, her relocation to Los Angeles sparked a new exploration of gas and electric kilns, delving into intricate surface decorations. As an instructor at Throw Clay LA pottery studio, Virginia shares her wealth of experience and fervor for pottery, inspiring and guiding others on their ceramic journeys.

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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, 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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