General Questions

Do I have to have any experience before taking a class at Still Life Studio?

All of our beginner and one-off classes are geared towards beginners, so no previous experience needed. Continuing wheel requires at least one month of beginner wheel.

Is continuing wheel right for me?

If you’ve taken a beginner wheel class (or a few!) and your teacher thinks you’re ready, then go ahead! If you’ve taken classes at another studio in the past few months and are comfortable throwing with 3lbs or more, then continuing wheel would be great for you. If the last time you took a class was in high school or college then we recommend you take a beginners class first to refresh your memory.

What is hand building?

Hand building describes the process of making pieces with clay without any machines (no wheel). You will make all your pieces by hand and learn a few different techniques to achieve some really unique pieces.

How do your online classes work?

Our online classes are hosted on Zoom and we provide clay, tools, glazing and firing. You can pick up your materials at our DTLA studio or at Santa Monica studio.

Do you have clay available for purchase?

Yes, you can purchase clay from our Santa Monica studio through this link here: https://www.still-life-studio.com/product-page/clay-santa-monica-studio Note: Clay is not available for purchase from our Downtown studio.

Are makeup sessions offered if I miss a class?

We do not offer make up sessions, however you will be sent a recording of the class you missed.

Online Class Questions

If I'm taking an online class, do I need to purchase my own tools and clay?

We will loan all tools and clay needed for the class, however you have to return the tools after class has ended. You will be charged a fee if tools are not returned or broken. We may suggest a few additional household items that you can use during the class as well.

When and how can I drop off my work I made in my online class?

You will receive an email from your teacher with instructions. You can also send an email to welcome@still-life-studio.com for additional instructions if needed.

What makes a good work surface for hand building?

Plywood, drywall board (aka gypsum board), and canvas are all great. An old bedsheet or cardboard will work too.

Where do I park when picking up materials for my online class?

Downtown: You can park in front of the studio. Santa Monica: There is street parking in front of the studio.

In Studio Classes

How do the four sessions work?

The four classes are chronological. In the first class you will learn to prepare the clay, and then throw, starting with a simple bowl form. Week two you will learn how to trim your pieces to their final shape. In the third class you’ll learn to glaze! Week four is the big reveal of your glazed pieces, and a chance to finish your pieces and ask any final questions. You can make up to (15) pieces during your month long course.

Is the studio open to students outside of class times?

Yes! The best way to master pottery is to practice, so we encourage you to come in often and build your skills. We have open studio hours for students in our four week classes everyday of the week. We're open to students early and late, and on weekdays and weekends, so there are plenty of opportunities for extra studio time. You can view and book available practice time on the website, please do so before visiting the studio.



850 Pico Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA, 90405

Open 11 - 7 daily

DTLA and Pottery In The Park Studio: (213) 266-8138
Santa Monica Studio: (424) 268-4018
Dana Point Studio: (949) 386-4824
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767 S Alameda Street, #198

Los Angeles, CA, 90021

Open 11 - 7 daily

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