We offer a wide range of classes for students of all levels. Our sessions are continuous, so you may sign up anytime. Our teachers and class formats are flexible so that our students can develop their own ceramic practice in a supportive and vibrant community. Special introductory workshops are offered for beginners who want to learn how to center clay on the wheel or handbuild step by step. We also offer different technique and project based workshops for students who want to focus on growing their practice.
Our inviting Zen-like atmosphere will encourage you to relax and take your mind off everyday life. There’s no pressure to make the perfect pot or mug—we want you to enjoy the experience of working with clay. Good Dirt LA is all about artistic self-discovery!
All of our group classes are 2.5 hours. To kick things off, we’ll explain the day’s lesson, answer questions, and then we’ll spend the majority of the class working with clay— our instructors will guide you step-by-step through every process. Since making pottery tends to get a bit messy, we’ll also devote a small portion of the session to cleaning up work areas, putting tools away, etc.
Please contact us for a quote by phone (424) 835-4034 or email us with details.
*Whatever the occasion may be—an upcoming birthday celebration, a corporate team-building event, or a family bonding experience— we’d love to host your special gathering at GOOD DIRT LA. We can accommodate up to twelve people and both introductory classes to wheel throwing and handbuilding are available.
If you’re brand new to working with clay or would like to become more familiar with pottery techniques before enrolling in either our regular and ongoing 4-week or 12-week sessions, then we highly recommend taking this introductory class. You’ll learn the basics behind the buzzwords (i.e. coiling, handbuilding, throwing, glazing and firing) and will be guided step-by-step through all processes. Our teachers would help you create pieces that reflect your individuality.
Experience the best of both worlds in this mixed-level class that allows you to practice your wheel throwing skills and cultivate handbuilding techniques—coiling, slab building and pinching. You will have the opportunity to create pieces ranging from simple cups to complex teapots.
This mixed-level class focuses on working on the potter’s wheel. It’s perfect for beginners looking to get a handle on basic throwing techniques and for intermediate or advanced potters wanting to work on more complex individual projects, and pick up a few new skills. This class also provides our more advanced students with additional guidance when it comes to choosing specific tools, the correct hand placement, and the amount of pressure required to shape a larger piece.
Read over these important tips before taking your first class!
Tip #1: Wear casual and comfortable clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Luckily the clay that we use comes out of fabric with a regular wash, but there are glazes and other materials that may not be as forgiving.
Tip#2: If you have long hair, bring an elastic or hair tie to wear it up.
This is crucial to avoid accidents on the wheel.
Tip#3: Trim your fingernails.
Long fingernails makes throwing on the wheel and shaping clay much more difficult. We want you to be able to work with ease and get the most out of class!
Tip#4: Remove your jewelry.
Rings, watches and bracelets will only get in the way when working with clay, so it’s best to leave them at home.
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To reserve your spot, classes need to be paid for in advance. If you need to cancel for any reason, please call or e-mail us 24 hours in advance. We don’t issue refunds, but we’ll be happy to reschedule your session. Please give us a call at (424) 835-4034.
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