While every effort is made to keep the information on this page current, times and prices are subject to change. To confirm times and prices with the City of Sunnyvale, please call (408) 730-7350

Sunnyvale's pottery studio is a spacious and well-equipped facility with 15 electric pottery wheels, a kick wheel, slab roller, spray booth and extruder. The facility has two 16.5 cubic foot electric kilns and two 24 cubic foot gas kilns, with cone 10 oxidation, reduction and low-fire Raku capabilities.


OPEN STUDIO HOURS, May 11 to sept 28, 2019

Monday: 10 am - 2 pm

Tuesday: 10 am - 10 pm

Friday: 2 - 6 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

CLOSED: 05/07, 05/18, 05/27, Studio Closed 06/24 thru 07/06/19 and 09/23 thru 09/28/19

Open studio passes can be purchased in the studio or at the Sunnyvale Recreation Center registration desk for $14 for Sunnyvale residents or $17 for non-residents. 

Each pass is valid for one two-hour session

CLASS SESSIONS, May 11 to September 20, 2019 (NO DROP-INS ALLOWED)

Monday: 7 pm - 10 pm

Wednesday: 10 am - 1 pm

Thursday: 10 am - 1 pm / 7 pm - 10 pm

Friday: 10 am - 1 pm

NO CLASS: 05/27, 07/04, 07/24, 07/31, 9/02 Studio Closed 06/24 thru 07/06/19 and 09/23 thru 09/28/19

Register at the City of Sunnyvale website!

Children's classes, parent/child classes, and adult beginner classes are available.

Instructor Biographies


Rules and Regulations

Open studio is for intermediate and advanced potters ages 16 and up. Children under 16 may participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian. No pottery instruction is provided during open studio hours, but technical assistance is available. The studio's kiln technicians are experienced potters who can provide advice on equipment use and firing projects.

Open studio passes expire at the end of the 12-week term in which they were purchased. No refunds, transfers, or credits for passes. Lost passes will not be credited. 

Staff will announce clean-up time five minutes before each session ends. To continue working into the next session, present your session card or purchase a pass. Otherwise you have 15 minutes to clean up and depart.

Open studio includes glazing and firing for projects created in Sunnyvale classes or open studio. All pieces to be fired must be suitable for group firings, and no larger than 20" x 20" x 24". Fired pieces are available for pick up during open studio hours; please allow 3-4 weeks for firing. Larger or irregularly shaped pieces may be held and fired during maintenance closures.

No glazing or firing of outside projects is permitted. 

All clay must be purchased in the studio for $31 per 25-pound bag. 

The studio is closed on city holidays and for brief maintenance periods at the end of each 12-week session.

For safety reasons, no dangling jewelry or open-toed shoes are permitted in the studio.