Please check back regularly, as this is an evolving situation and our business model is constantly adapting to state mandates!

Per county guidelines, the studio is currently closed. We have been offering "Take Home Kits". As of Saturday, May 23rd, we are out of acrylic paint! The out pour of support during this time has overwhelmed us - THANK YOU for supporting our family owned and operated business! We are developing "Glaze Take Home Kits", which we hope to have available for purchase by Saturday, June 6th. These items would be purchased during the Saturday Farmers Market and returned for firing. Stay tuned for more information!

If you happen to pass by the studio and notice the store in shambles, no need to worry! The flooring is being replaced - and this was very needed. We will miss the the character of the floors, but not the bounce you experienced when walking across it!


We do not have an estimated reopen date, but doubt it will be prior June 15th, based solely on the floor replacement. 

We are aching to flip our sign to OPEN! Stay healthy and we'll see you soon! 

Jerry & Stephanie

The Mad Potter & The Mad Potter's Daughter


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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

The Owner

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. 

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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