OUR MISSION

Our mission is to cultivate pleasure, community, and new career paths in pottery for BIPOC communities while breaking opportunity cycles in our industry. We felt a need for spaces that feel fun and empowering for those marginalized in most ceramic spaces, namely people of color, the queer community, and the youth. Our belief in the transformative effects of fun and pleasure greatly inform our intentional and unique programming. We also believe in making pottery accessible to our communities and do so through our non-profit arm, The POTluck Initiative. We offer scholarships for students and members, free workshops for our communities, work-trade programs, and career training. Arts degrees can be expensive and a privilege to attain, so we do not require them for hiring and are willing to train persons who do not have degrees but display interest, skill, and love for pottery. 

About us

POT was established in 2017 by Mandy Kolahi, a first-generation Iranian woman born and raised in Los Angeles. With Los Angeles being the largest diaspora for Iranians outside of Iran, she has always been inspired to celebrate all the cultures that make up Los Angeles. Growing up in an immigrant community, she found that access and encouragement to arts are not always present in communities focused on survival, thus leaving many adults feeling unwelcome when trying new hobbies they never had access to in their youth. A hobby potter since high school, she recognized that most pottery spaces felt unwelcoming due to a lack of diversity and gatekeeping in the industry. As a middle eastern woman from a Muslim community who grew up during the post-9/11 era, she also experienced unique intersections of race and oppression and how they affect many in America. All of this inspired POT, a community studio focused on accessibility and pleasure for persons of color and adult beginners. POT has since developed organically to 2 locations to include the youth in our programming as they have been a great source of inspiration and hope. We also offer intermediate and advanced level classes to accommodate our community of students who have been learning with us for 5+ years. 

CONNECTING WITH OUR COMMUNITY

POT offers sliding scale and free access to pottery for grassroots organizations focused on prison abolition, state violence and police abolition, youth foster care assistance, mental health, education, and other causes that serve our communities well-being and safety. If you represent such an organization, or just want to join the community, please email us to connect!

GET IN TOUCH

Meet the Crew

  • MANDY KOLAHI

    Founder & Teacher

  • EBONY HOBBS

    General Manager, POT Gardens Studio Manager & Teacher
    She / Her

  • OLLIN GONZALEZ

    Echo Park Studio Manager & Teacher

  • Pottery classes in Los Angeles. Beginner person of color taking a mug making class at POT Gardens.

    VANNY VONG

    Office Administrator & Teacher

  • SALIMA ALLEN

    Social Media Manager

  • TANIA CHAIDEZ IBARRA

    Marketing

    She / He / They
    Instagram: @taniachai

    Linkedin

  • Pottery classes in Los Angeles. Beginner person of color taking a mug making class at POT Gardens.

    JADEN WILLIAMS

    Studio Tech

  • SACHA TAYLOR

    Projects Manager

  • Daniela Aramayo

    Community Outreach

    She / They / Ella
    Instagram: @d__yo

MEET OUR TEACHERS

  • Angel Bermudez

    Teacher

  • Clarke Ginn

    Teacher

  • Tia Santana

    Teacher

  • Pottery classes in Los Angeles. Beginner person of color taking a mug making class at POT Gardens.

    Aram Hernandez

    Teacher

  • Liz Navarro

    Teacher

  • CHRISTINA ERIVES

    Teacher

  • Pottery classes in Los Angeles. Beginner person of color taking a mug making class at POT Gardens.

    ISABELLA HACKERMAN

    Teacher

  • Pottery classes in Los Angeles. Beginner person of color taking a mug making class at POT Gardens.

    DESMOND JERVIS

    Teacher

  • Pottery classes in Los Angeles. Beginner person of color taking a mug making class at POT Gardens.

    JUSTIN CHANG

    Teacher

  • MANUELA GARCIA

    Teacher

  • Pottery classes in Los Angeles. Beginner person of color taking a mug making class at POT Gardens.

    SYDNEY RAY

    Teacher

  • BRENNEN HUBBARD

    Teacher

  • Pottery classes in Los Angeles. Beginner person of color taking a mug making class at POT Gardens.

    SONIA SHAKOORI

    Teacher

In the press

  • POT pottery classes in Los Angeles featured in Nylon Magazine
  • POT pottery classes in Los Angeles featured in Los Angeles Times
  • POT pottery classes in Los Angeles featured in KCET
  • POT pottery classes in Los Angeles featured in PBS
  • POT pottery classes in Los Angeles featured in Elle
  • POT pottery classes in Los Angeles featured in People Magazine
  • POT pottery classes in Los Angeles featured in GOAT
  • POT pottery classes in Los Angeles featured in Los Angeles Magazine
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