Covid-19 Status Update
Please check back regularly, as this is an evolving situation and our business model is constantly adapting to state mandates!
Contra Costa County Mandate: Purple Tier, Effective 11/17/20
Business Classification: Retail, 25% Capacity
1. In-Studio Ceramic Art Camp: Please book your date and time under "Online Reservation".
2. Birthday Parties & Other Events: Details determined on a case-by-case base, please contact us via phone or email.
3. Purchase & Pick-Up of Acrylic & Glaze Take Home Kits
4. Return of Glaze Take Home Kits for Kiln Fire
5. Pick-Up Pieces "In Process", Complete at Home, Return for Kiln Fire
6. Purchase of Clay, Drop Off of Clay Creations for Firing
7. Pick-Up Finished Product
8. Purchase of Gallery Items
**Pottery wheel & clay hand building is NOT available. We hope to have this service back by ASAP.**
Regular updates are being posted on social media and our website. Please note that newly adopted procedures and polices may be altered upon reopening, to ensure efficiency for both customers and employees.
Stay healthy! We look forward to helping you get creative!
Jerry & Stephanie
The Mad Potter & The Mad Potter’s Daughter
Covid Business Hours
Foot traiffic in the studio is slowly but surely picking up.
We apologize for the varied hours and look forward to increasing them, when it becomes justified. Customers must wear a mask while in-studio.
Thursday: 3 PM - 6 PM
Friday: 11 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 9 AM - 3 PM
Sunday: 12 PM - 4 PM
Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Private Appointments Considered for All Days/Evenings for All Services
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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.