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

COVID-19 Update; APRIL 28, 2021

Thank you for visiting our website

As of 10/1/2020 we resumed classes on a limited basis. Please see our School/Classes page for details.

Starting April 29 we have resumed open hours to the public on a modified schedule:
Tuesday: 11-4
Wednesday: 9-2
Thursday: 12-5

Please feel free to visit us during these times for purchasing clay, tools, books, firing, and to browse our gallery. Mask wearing is mandatory

If you are not comfortable entering the building, we will continue offering loading dock drop off and pick up for firing and clay purchases. If you would like to avail yourself of these services please email us at pottersshop@aol.com for instructions and payment details.

If you are interested in studio membership, classes, or any of our services or offerings, please call us at 781/449 7687 or email pottersshop@aol.com

Please continue to monitor our website for updates.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

best to all,

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


Outdoor Ceramic Art and Pottery Show

Sunday, October 4th from 2-5pm

Gorse Mill Studios

31 Thorpe Rd, Needham


Join 18 ceramic artists as they ‘open their trunks’ to display and sell their hand-made tableware, vessels and sculptures in a safe and friendly environment. Ask questions, learn about pottery making techniques and get a jump on holiday shopping!

Masks will be required for all visitors and artists. Social distance between cars/tables and visitors will be maintained.

Visitor parking is available on site. Questions? Contact Cindy Alvin, Pottersshop@aol.com


Member Exhibits

Stay Tuned


Stay tuned for more winter and spring events!

Needham Open Studios, May 2021


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Steven Branfman Raku firing one of his large vessels

Watch our Raku Workshop Leader Debbie Winnick in action

 News Around the Studio

Due to the current health crisis, all studio member workshops are suspended until further notice.  As the situation evolves, we will update our website to reflect any changes.

Upcoming Studio Member  Raku Firing Workshops 

Wednesday March 19, 9am-CANCELED

Tuesday April 14, 12pm-CANCELED

All pots should be glazed and ready to load at noon.



To learn more about becoming a studio member please visit the 



 Upcoming Studio Member Events and Workshops!

Triple Threat Member Madness!

Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 pm


Three members will share snippets of their expertise.

Jayne: slip trailing, Miryana: carving/underglazing magic, and Candy: tiny pots


+For a more detailed description of each workshop, visit the WORKSHOP PAGE!


Get ready for the annual

Bowl-a-thon Glazing

Starting: March 16, 2020  5 pm


Be on the lookout for more detailed information about how you can help participate in this annual tradition.

For Studio Members


To learn more about becoming a member to have access to our workshops, visit the MEMBERSHIP PAGE!


Class registration is now closed. 

For details on our classes and how to be notified when we open registration for next session, visit our  SCHOOL PAGE.  



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