Good Dirt LA is an intimate and social pottery studio in the Del Rey neighborhood of Los Angeles. In addition to mixed levels classes for adults and kids, we offer workshops with ceramic artists, one-time introductory classes, private lessons, and more! Our studio philosophy centers on building a welcoming creative community where each person is inspired and empowered to explore and learn. At Good Dirt LA, we will remind you to stay in the moment, get in touch with your inner child, and focus on the overall creative experience rather than the end results. You may even find the whole process to be quite therapeutic as you create your personal work of art!
If you’re looking for a special gift, check out our shop showcasing unique ceramic pieces made by our instructors, members, and local LA ceramic artists. We also offer Gift Cards, which you can purchase online in any amount.
LINA ALVAREZ, Owner & Instructor
Lina was drawn to art at an early age. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2006, she graduated from the University of Georgia, where she taught art to children at Lyndon House Arts Center and earned her BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, her art is a hybrid of cultures and embodies many qualities—some pieces may be precise and simple, while others are loose and organically shaped. She currently focuses on chic and functional utilitarian pottery, which is available inside Good Dirt LA’s artist shop and on Etsy. Lina believes in cultivating creativity and encourages her students to leave their expectations behind. “The creating and making processes are truly therapeutic and enjoyable for me,” she says. “But nothing brings me more joy than knowing that others actually use my work as part of their daily routines. It’s that tea they have before bedtime, or the coffee that helps them start the day. It’s like I’m passing along a little bit of my love to them, since I feel that each of my pieces were created with the most loving of intentions.”

NICK SMITH, Manager & Instructor
Nick, a Los Angeles native, originally from Redondo Beach. Has been working in ceramics for just over a decade. Starting his early interests in ceramics in high school, has worked his way through a gauntlet of academic rigor. Studying at Santa Monica College, University of Southern California, and Loyola Marymount University to develop and cultivate his skill-set working in clay. A recent graduate from Loyola with an Economics B.A. is looking to help others learn to love the ceramics world, as he did throughout his academic career. Coming from an analytical background mixed with the arts allows for a unique perspective into both hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques. A recent addition to the Good Dirt La family, is looking forward to working with new and old students alike!

OLIVER PRICE, Manager & Instructor
Oliver has been making art since a young age and has been working with ceramics seriously since high school. He took a year off between high school and college where he spent much of his time in the Cabrillo College ceramics studio taking classes and working on finding his own voice in clay. Oliver attended Brandeis University, majoring in Politics and minoring in Economics. While in college, he was the president of the pottery club where he began teaching classes to other undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff. The club also gave him complete access to the ceramics facility at Brandeis and allowed him to experiment with his own style. In his final semester, Oliver designed a senior project in clay that examined the growth, decay, and reuse. After graduation, Oliver returned to California and has now joined us at Good Dirt LA!

JACQI LEE, Manager & Instructor
Throughout her life, Jacqi has worked in a variety of two- and three-dimensional art forms. Originally from Los Angeles, Jacqi moved back to the city in 2015 after receiving a BA in Fine Art from Yale University and living abroad in Indonesia to work on a cultural arts education program with local textile artisans. While working at a design studio nearby, she found herself missing the tactility of other forms, like painting and weaving, and had her first experience working with clay in a class taught by the incredibly talented Lina Alvarez. Good Dirt LA opened up a whole world of creative possibilities and opportunities to connect with others through making together and teaching. The studio quickly became an essential part of her life in L.A. and has provided such a supportive community for Jacqi to continue pursuing her own art making and passion for community building through art. She especially loves handbuilding and watching the quiet (or not so quiet) magic that happens when people of all ages and experiences connect with their own creativity and one another.

Jessica moved to Los Angeles from New Mexico to study Toy Design at Otis College of Art and Design. She previously earned a BFA in Ceramics and Sculpture from the University of New Mexico. Sculpture was her first love, but she discovered a love for pottery her senior year of college, after taking her first class throwing on the potter’s wheel. Jessica learned to throw in Porcelain using a unique Japanese technique called the Arita Porcelain Method. Since then she has continued practicing her craft combining her functional and sculptural skills in her work. She loves to connect and lose herself in her work and to teach and share the love of art with others. She has a passion for working with children and people of all ages and skill levels.

Carol comes to Good Dirt LA with decades of valuable experience—both hands-on and academic—that she hopes to share with her students. A speech pathologist by trade, Carol simultaneously studied art, ceramics and painting throughout her undergraduate and graduate years at Ithaca College and New York University, respectively. She balanced her passion for pottery and her speech therapy practice for over 35 years, and is now extremely happy to be a full-time clay artist and teacher, instructing throughout Los Angeles.
“There is so much to be involved with and excited about when it comes to clay—the process, studying its history and using it,” she says. “I hope my students will grow to love the medium and enjoy the problem solving necessary to make an original work of art, function or both.”

MARY ROSE, Instructor
Mary Rose’s love of art is tied to her love of nature. Her first paintings and drawings were inspired by playing in the family garden in suburban Chicago, surrounded by dirt, vegetables, beetles and birds. Her passion for nature and art-making was nurtured throughout high school and into college where she received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Studio Ceramics from Loyola University Chicago. Mary Rose moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and channeled her creativity into the culinary arts, working at AKASHA in Culver City until 2019. She has returned to her love of playing in the dirt as an instructor at Good Dirt LA!

MALU, “the manager” (RIP May 15, 2020)
This extremely friendly lab mix adores kids! She hails from Athens, Georgia—a charming Southern hometown, known for its lively art and music scene. In fact, the bands REM and the B52s are also from here, so it’s no surprise that this pup has grown an appreciation for culture and boasts a keen eye for talent. Her favorite pastime is hanging at the studio and watching students of all ages create amazing art. She also loves to perform tricks at the end of each class in exchange for a tasty treat—she knows quite a few! “Woof!” says Malu, who would like you to know that she does bark from time to time when another dog passes by the window. She looks forward to future rubs and observing you work your magic at the wheel.