Covid-19 Status Update

Mask required while in the studio

Our studio does not sell food or beverages and the activities we provide are not physically strenuous. You do not need to disclose your vaccination status or provide a negative Covid test to enter our studio.

The studio is OPEN and pottery wheel lessons have RESUMED. The Mad Potter has resumed wheel lessons. Please contact us directly to schedule an "Ice Cream Bowl Class" and "One-On-One, On-Going Pottery Wheel Classes". Our new instructor, Destiny, who will be teaching all of our amazing "Clay Hand Building Classes".

Please CALL to book 1-1 pottery wheel lessons or 1-1 clay hand building classes. Online reservations are for ceramic painting ONLY. 

1. In-Studio Ceramic Painting: Please book your date and time under "Online Reservation".

2. Birthday Parties & Other Online Events: Details determined on a case-by-case base, please contact us via phone or email. Non-refundable $35 Depsoit required for all parites. 

3. Purchase & Pick-Up of Acrylic & Glaze Take Home Kits. **Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes for the assembly of Glaze Take Home Kits. You may be asked to return the following day for pick up, depending on how busy the studio is and staffing.**

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

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 safety and 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

Extended Hours for FALL BREAK! We will be open 10-4 on Tuesday 10/5 & 10/12. Don't miss out - make your paint reservation today!


CLOSED Monday &  Tuesday's

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday : 10 - 5

Saturday: 9 - 5

Sunday: 11 - 5

**Closed on Sunday, 10/31, for Halloween**

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

Reservations are required 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!

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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