Ojai Pottery & Clay School

212 Fox Street, Ojai, CA 93023 / 805.798.3990 / classes@ojaipottery.com

We are an educational non-profit 501(c3) organization.

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Travis Kennedy

Beginning &

Intermediate

Throwing 

Travis Kennedy's journey with pottery began with him working with clay as a young boy in Ojai. He continued the pursuit of clay while attending the local community college. After wearing out his welcome there he was forced to develop a home studio where he produced vessels for quite some years.Then he didn't make anything for a long time, but he kind of is now.

He teaches beginning and intermediate throwing techniques for cylinders, bowls, cups and larger forms.

MARK churchill

Intermediate

to Advanced

Throwing

Ojai native Mark Churchill was introduced to ceramics at 15, taking classes from Gray Duncan at Nordhoff High School. Mark apprenticed under Frank Massarella before traveling the West, throwing pots for over a hundred different potters. Now Mark has his own studio.
    “Of all the ways to work with clay, the wheel has always been what satisfies me.” Mark focuses on form, drawing inspiration from nature and masters from East and West: Maria Martinez and Michael Cardew, Shoji Hamada and Lucie Rie. “For me, even with all the difficulties in ceramics, the core of it is still a deep freedom. Pottery has given me the rarest opportunity – to practice what I love and do best, and then share that with other people.”

 

He teahes all levels to mprove and refine throwing and trimming skills with challenging class projects.

Vera maguire

Handbuilding

Ceramics 

Starting in 1994, Vera studied ceramics at Ventura College followed by classes with Myra Toth. A native of the Netherlands, Vera moved back to Europe in 1995 where she ran a ceramic studio for the next 20 years. In 2013 she returned to Ventura where she has been sharing her passion for clay ever since. She is a member of the Ventura County Pottery Guild Board. Her work is for sale at the Ova Gallery in the arcade in Ojai and several times a year at the Sunday Ojai Organic Farmers Market.

 

She teaches handbuilding techniques for application to ceramic sculpture and functional wares.

lynn render

Trowing Clay
for all Levels

Lynn began her life with and love of clay during her college years with Mr, James at the University of Oregon. It wasn’t until after raising children and the family settled after years of moves with her husband in the US Navy, that Lynn started seriously working in clay. When in San Diego she set up her own shop, took classes from John Conrad and Lana Wilson, she found her heart went to functional pottery: dinnerware, bakeware, serving pieces, vases, etc. she has been working in clay for a little more than 40 years. The move to Ojai has brought challenges, she hopes that she can teach others to make beautiful, functional works.

 

She teaches throwing techniques for all levels.

OUR FACULTY
 

DEBRA ROSE

Handbuilding

Ceramics 

Debra's love of pottery started as a teenager. She currently teaches the next generation of clay artists as a HS ceramics teacher at Oak Grove School and summers at OPCS. Her clay interests are diverse, ranging from the high fired porcelain she learned from Frank Massarella to the earthenware Majolica taught by Linda Arbuckle.  Her specialties are tea bowls and mugs, carved decorations, painted surfaces, and small sculptures. "I love the endurance and narrative of pottery - that a clay pot from 5000 years ago tells a story from the culture and the artist's imagination."

 

She teaches handbuilding techniques for application to ceramic sculpture and functional wares.

frank massarella

Intermediate to Advanced Throwing & Altering Clay

“I was lucky, I found my passion early in life.” From the early years in high school ceramics class to owning his own studio and gallery, Frank's craft has been his vocation and his lifelong passion. By working through the various techniques, he has chosen the greatest challenge of high-fired porcelain as his preference. Frank is ever striving to create a more perfect form. His pieces come alive with movement from both form and glaze. He has been a professional studio potter and teacher for over 35 years.

He teaches intermediate to advanced throwing, altering and glazing techniques for functional wares.

carole paddock

Handbuilding

Ceramics

Early on, Carole studied ceramics with Tom Fresh at the Idyllwild School of Music and Arts where she learned how to dig clay, fire with cow dung and make brushes from yucca and horse hair. She shaped clay by hand, as modeled by Native Americans such as Lucy Lewis, Juan Quezada and Maria Martinez. She was inspired by the patterns of nature and geometry. After many years teaching High School and raising two children she returned to clay in 2008. Under the tutelage of Frank Massarella and Dusti Pelow she re-entered the clay world and returned to her handbuilding roots.

 

She teaches a wide range of handbuilding techniques for the creation of functional wares.

wendy ford

Handbuilding

Ceramics

Wendy’s father was an artist so she was drawing and painting from an early age. She always took art and pottery classes through school and college in California and Hawaii. Professionally she worked as a graphic artist and art director until retiring. She taken classes at OPCS with Carole Paddock every session that she has taught and feels she could have a Masters in Hand Building from Carole. She has been an OPCS Board Member for the past few years.

 

She especially loves working with patterns and designs in her pottery, using imprints, stains and glazes to bring out the best effects, and looks forward to passing on to students what she has learned.