November 13th, 2019- February 29th , 2020
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 12pm - 5pm
*Appointments considered on Monday & Tuesday for groups of 12 or more
NO appointment needed for ceramic paint-your-own! If we're open, come on in & paint! Please allow 1 1/2 - 2 hours to paint.
Bringing 5 or more painters? Drop a call & ensure we have space!
fNO studio or sittings fee! The price on each item includes the piece, the paint & firing - we just add sales tax! Items are ready for p/u in
5-7 business days!
We will be closed on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2nd!
The Mad Potter is a native of San Francisco & hopes to be cheering on his beloved team, the 49er's!
Mission of The Mad Potters
The Mad Potters is a well respected and thriving Art Studio in Brentwood. It has a history of commitment toward all students and artists. While dedicated to producing his own art, Jerry is also devoted to bringing the artist out in each student. Offering classes to individuals of all ages, in both group settings and private lessons, he strives to offer something for anyone looking to foster their inner Picasso. Jerry strives to instill creativity and teach form and function to all that come to The Mad Potters in a fun, relaxing, and well rounded artistic experience.
Jerry Illers is a San Francisco native who started his ceramic pottery career in 1967 at Oceana High School. Jerry studied under forward-thinking Bill LaForge, who taught him advanced ceramic throwing techniques and the ancient art of glass blowing.
After graduation, Jerry went on to teach ceramics and glassblowing at an adult night school.
Jerry settled in Cupertino during the technology boom in Silicon Valley. He started working with quartz, making scientific apparatus for the semiconductor industry. He simultaneously started a family and ceramic business.
In 2001, he moved to Pioneer, CA. Jerry's love for the vibrant, multi-dimensional colors of art-glass and traditional glaze process led him to combine the two art forms into one.
This new glazing technique has created distinctive look that adds texture and depth, giving a 3-D visual effect. His mock-raku glaze style allows functional use of the traditional, non-functional art form.
Each of his pieces are original, wheel-thrown and hand-sculpted. Since no molds are used, no pieces are ever alike.
After spending nearly 13 years in Pioneer and operating a ceramic studio in Jackson, Jerry has landed in Brentwood to be closer to his adult children and grandchildren. He is excited to once again have a ceramic studio, where he can share and teach others about this incredible art form.