31 Thorpe Rd. Needham, MA 02494 USA     Phone: 781-449-7687       Fax: 781-449-9098      Email: PottersShop@aol.com     
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11-5, Friday: 10-4,  Saturday & Sunday Closed

Thank you for your interest in The Potters Shop & School.   We are a pottery studio, school, gallery, and bookstore, and one of the finest clay facilities in New England. We occupy a spacious, well lit, and professionally equipped space in the Gorse Mill Studios, a vibrant and diverse community of artists. We offer resident and non-resident studio memberships, adult classes, and workshops. Our gallery is filled with work made in the shop by staff and members covering a variety of styles.  Our shop’s selection of pottery books and videos is known the world over and we also stock a hand picked selection of pottery tools. We are potters and speak the language of clay! 

-Steven Branfman, Founder, Director, and Head Potter

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 Upcoming Studio Member Events!  

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Surface Design Techniques
With Gretchen Nash
Wednesday, October 5th @ 7-8p
During this workshop Gretchen will explore and demonstrate the preparation and decorative use of slips, oxides, washes, and underglaze. If you want to try out some of her methods, bring something freshly made, leather hard, green or bisque to experiment with.
I'm a little teapot!
With Abby Heingartner
Monday, Oct 23rd @7pm

Teapots are tricky! They have all these pieces that are supposed to fit together, and they never pour quite right...I'll show you what I think about when assembling a teapot, and we'll talk about what makes a teapot "work." If there's interest, I can also demonstrate how to make spouts and lids.

Next Level of Detail
With Aisling Colleary
Wednesday, Nov. 8th @ 7-8pm

Often feet, handles, rims, edges and the like dont get the final polish they deserve. Just this little extra effort goes along way. During this workshop, Aisling will go over some tips and tricks to elevating your work to the next level.
    Upcoming Studio Member Raku Workshops!  
To learn more about becoming a studio member please visit the MEMBERSHIP PAGE!

with Debbie Winnick
TUESDAY, Sept 12th @ 9am
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with Debbie Winnick
Tuesday, October 17 @ 9am
Class Schedule
Registration is closed for the current session
Visit our SCHOOL PAGE for details on joining our Class Interest List, if you'd like to take a class with us in the future.    

Falling Pieces

Call for entries Friday, September 15th
Reception; Friday, September 29, 6pm



*******Please click here to see an announcement of a very special project by Robin Hopper******



The Potters Shop was founded by Steven Branfman in 1977 as a studio, school, gallery, and workspace for clayworkers. Our original location in Newton Highlands had been a potters studio since about 1960 with The Potters Shop being the third or fourth studio to occupy the space. Our first offerings were adult classes, children's classes, and limited workspace.  Over the years as our reputation for quality programs, honest help and advice, and a relaxed, professional and comfortable atmosphere grew, so did our need for space and equipment.  In 1989 the studio was moved and The Potters School, a non-profit educational institution was organized as a separate entity insuring our continued growth and our ability to offer the finest pottery facility and educational programs in New England. The Potters School has continued to evolve and in 2005 we made the transition from a regular class schedule to focusing our services on studio membership. Today, The Potters Shop and The Potters School operate together seamlessly as The Potters Shop and School. We are, as we have been from the beginning, committed to the support of clay arts through quality educational programs, professional facilities, and the production and exhibition of some of the best and most sought after pottery in the area. 

Students and members of The Potters Shop and School come from many different clay backgrounds. Some have taken classes, some are self-taught, some are professional potters who want access to extensive equipment, some are hobbyists who enjoy being part of a larger pottery community. We offer adult classes, workshops, internships, and three different levels of studio membership available to meet a broad range of needs. Though we all come from different backgrounds, our common interest in clay, art, and craft has brought us together.  Our goal at The Potters Shop & School is to develop a studio atmosphere of creativity and mutual support.  The staff is dedicated to providing encouragement and fostering cooperation in an effort to make your use of the studio rewarding and productive.

I hope you come to visit The Potters School so we can show you what we can only describe to you here on these pages.

31 Thorpe Rd. Needham, MA 02494 USA     Phone: 781-449-7687     Fax: 781-449-9098   Email: PottersShop@aol.com   Summer Hours: M-Th: 11-5