Our studio is currently under a mandated order to "Shelter-In-Place". The requirements of the "SIP" continue to evolve and effective 3/31/2020, we are not authorized to provide curbside pick-up or conduct business of any kind on the premises. All items purchased on our website wll be delivered in a "no-contact" fashion.

If you have a completed piece and informed it was ready for pick-up, it is safe and sound in the studio and pick-up will resume when we reopen. If you have a piece "in process", it is also safe. No pieces, whether completed or not, will be discarded. If you completed a ceramic piece as of Sunday, March 15th, it has been fired and will be ready for pick-up upon reopening. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

We are determining whether or not we can continute to provide take home kits and delivery with existing inventory.

Small, locally owned and operated businesses are being impacted greatly due to closure. We encourage you to contact these businesses and purchase take-out options, gift certificates, pay deposits for services, events, etc. We love what we do and look forward to reopening! Thank you for continuing to support our family business!

- Jerry & Stephanie
The Mad Potter & The Mad Potter's Daughter

Business Hours


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

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.

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. 

How can we help?

629 1st Street Brentwood CA United States 94513

(925) 626-5255

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(925) 626-5255

629 1st Street Brentwood CA United States 94513

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