FAQ

What is the difference between wheel throwing and handbuilding?


Wheel throwing is when you create a piece on the potter’s wheel. Yes, just like that movie Ghost, but done properly. This is the most popular form of pottery production, and most would consider it the truly therapeutic side of pottery. Wheel throwing is great for those looking for a new grounding practice. Handbuilding is pottery that is done through slab construction, pinching, coil construction, and sculpting. This method is more forgiving and allows you to get creative with decorations and adornments. Handbuilding is great for those looking for a more arts & crafts experience.




When are pieces ready for pickup?


For series classes, pieces will be ready 14 days after your last class. For drop-in wheelthrowing classes and private parties, pieces will be ready 30 days after your last class. Two months after your last class, we get rid of pieces that have not been picked up. You may pick-up pieces everyday from 12pm - 6pm at POT Gardens in Mid-City, located at 3228 W Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90018.




How do I become a member at POT?


You may apply for membership here! Please note that for safety reasons you MUST have taken 3 full class series' with us to be eligible. This has nothing to do with your experience level. Staff must know your face, safety is our main concern here.




Do you offer outside firing?


No, we are currently unable to offer outside firing services. Firing is only available for our members and students.




How is pricing done?


We do our best to keep our prices as accessible as possible, considering overhead and material costs, which include fair living wages for Staff. Labor goes into preparing, processing pieces, and cleaning, on top of teaching. Pieces are fired in the kiln for 30 hours in 2 separate rounds. We offer Scholarships and sliding scale pricing for Black & Brown individuals who cannot afford the full price. We also offer the option for students to donate $5 towards free/sliding scale pricing at check-out.




What is your COVID-19 protocol?


As a small business, we take the pandemic seriously because our Staff and community cannot afford to get sick. We ensure that students are socially distancing from one another. Masks, temperature checks, and a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination is strongly encouraged before your first class. No physical contact is allowed with Teachers either, but we still offer the same in-depth teaching.




What ages are your classes for?


We are generally an adults-oriented studio. Our classes are for students ages 15+, and minors need to have a guardian's permission. This is due to a lot of adult themed art in the studio.




When are new classes available?


New monthly classes are released on the 10th of every month. They sell out quickly, but there are ways to stay on top of them! Patreon subscribers have pre-sale access to each new session of classes for as low as $5/month. You may also join our newsletter to hear when classes become open. We also post updates on Instagram at @pot_la.




Do you offer private lessons?


Yes! Visit our Private Classes page to see a calendar of available dates.




What is your cancellation / refund policy?


Cancellations made within 48 hours of a class beginning are eligible for account credit, which can be applied anytime. To qualify for a refund, the cancellation must be made at least 5 days prior to the first class. We do not refund missed classes. There are NO refunds or cancellations once a class has begun. If you enrolled in a series and miss a class, we cannot refund nor reschedule that class.




Do you offer Work Trade opportunities?


Yes! Work Trade opportunities are available to current members only. Please email info@potstudiola.com to inquire.