Store Closure Announcement

To Our Beloved Community

It is with great sadness that we announce the closing of our store on Sunday, January 23rd. We are closing because our landlord unexpectedly terminated our lease on Tuesday, November 23rd. While it was within their rights as a landlord, it took us by surprise and no explanation was initially given. Reopening in another location is unlikely at this time for a variety of complex reasons.


We are thankful for 4 incredible years of operation, with nearly 1 1/2 of that being operated under COVID.


This community is incredible. You allowed us into your lives and you have left a lasting impression on us that we are forever grateful for. From the paint to the clay, we had heaps and heaps of fun helping you get creative.


This Thanksgiving week, as we process and prepare for the closure of our studio, we remain thankful for the all the friends we have made over the past four years. We are thankful for all the birthday parties, ladies nights, girl scout events, pottery lessons and farmers markets. With so much going on in the world, we took pride in being a place of brief respite from the daily grind.

Come see us SOON - we have plenty of items that need painting!

Forever Grateful,

Jerry & Stephanie

The Mad Potter & The Mad Potter's Daughter

Final Week of Business!

We are OPEN!

Monday, 1/17 - Friday, 1/21

Daily from 11 AM - 5 PM



Last Day of Business:

Saturday, 1/22

9 AM - 5 PM

Downtown Brentwood Farmers Market occurs weekly on Saturday's from 8 AM - 12 PM

Reservations are highly recommended for

Paint-Your-Own-Pottery. For SAME DAY RESERVATIONS, please CALL and we will do our best to accommodate your group!

Walk in's welcome if we have table space!

Store Closure Timeline

Pottery wheel appointments are NO longer available!

Ceramic painting is available through Monday, 1/17. Reservations strongly recommended.

Glaze take home kits are no longer available for purchase. If you have a ceramic glaze take home kit, we requested they be returned by Tuesday, 12/28. If you have items that need to be returned for firing, please do so ASAP. We can only guarantee they will be fired if they are returned by Wednesday, 1/5.

Last Day of Painting In Studio:

Monday, January 17thth


Last Day to Pick Up Finished Product:

Saturday, January 22nd

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The Owner

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. 

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.

How can we help?

629 1st Street Brentwood CA United States 94513

(925) 626-5255

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Our studio is located in the East Bay of The San Francisco Bay Area