Pottery in the Mission

San Francisco, United States

Experience hosted by Marieke

2 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
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Up to 6 people
Includes equipment

What you'll do

We will start with some of the interesting history of the studio space. Then I will get you situated on the wheel and show you how to properly secure your lump of clay. After the clay is secured we start the wheel spinning nice and fast. I will show you how to center the clay which is a very important (and frustrating) stage of making pottery on the wheel. After we successfully center the clay, you will explore how the clay moves and reacts to your touch. We will work to form a simple shape such as a bowl or cup. To finish off we will do some clean up of the form and remove the piece from the wheel in order to start experimenting with the next piece. You can expect to get to practice with around 6 lumps of clay (more if you are ambitious) and most people will create 2-3 pieces by the end of the session.

Pieces will be professionally finished, fired, and glazed after the experience. This process takes at least 3 weeks. After the pieces are finished you can pickup in the studio or they can be shipped. Shipping costs are paid by the guest.
Other things to note
Come wearing clothes that you don't mind getting messy. We will provide aprons. If you have long hair plan to have a hair tie or a way to secure your hair back. Trim long nails if you are able.
We will start with some of the interesting history of the studio space. Then I will get you situated on the wheel and show you how to properly secure your lump of clay. After the clay is secured we start the wheel spinning nice and fast. I will show you how to center the clay which is a very important (and frustrating) stage of making pottery on the wheel. After we successfully center the clay, you will explore how the clay moves and reacts to y…

What's included

  • Equipment
    Wheel, tools, clay

Meet your Host, Marieke

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 362 Reviews
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Hello! I absolutely love working in clay and have spent the last 2 years teaching ceramics at a community art program in downtown San Francisco. Previous to teaching wheel throwing and sculpting, I worked at a ceramic supplier where I gained immense knowledge on everything to do with Ceramics! Now I am following my dream of having a home studio and gallery space. I would love nothing more than welcoming curious and adventurous folks in to my studio to learn the joys of working in clay. My studio is located on the ground level of a beautiful Victorian built in the late 1800's!
Hello! I absolutely love working in clay and have spent the last 2 years teaching ceramics at a community art program in downtown San Francisco. Previous to teaching wheel throwing and sculpting, I worked at a ceramic supplier where I gained immense knowledge on everything to do with Ceramics! Now I am following my dream of having a home studio and gallery space. I would love nothing more than welcoming curious and adventurous folks in to my studio to learn the joys of working in clay. My studio…
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Where you'll be

We will be in the ground level studio and gallery of a Victorian house. The space was a club house of some kind for the previous owners and they would hold various events in the space in the early 1900s. We are in the process of researching more about what they were exactly doing. We found artifacts and photos from that time and we know they referred to their group as X?X. Which is the inspiration for the current name of studio and gallery space.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 362 reviews.

Kate
October 2021
This beginner pottery class in the mission was SO much fun. The studio fit 6 people, is in a beautiful location, and Marieke provided wonderful instruction and a little history on the home it takes place in. She has a very soothing voice and that paired with working clay on the wheel made for a truly meditative Sunday afternoon. I’d recommend this to anyone.
Shaveta
October 2021
I enjoyed a lot. Made 5 medium sized pottery pieces in 2 hours. Also the studio itself is a 100 yr old place which gives a historical vibe to the whole experience.
Alexandra
October 2021
This experience was awesome! Marika was an amazing teacher, and we enjoyed the class, the venue, and the instruction. She was great with demonstrating how to use the wheel and was very good about giving you a bit of help when you needed it. It was a wonderfully relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
Jason
October 2021
Super fun for a date, and honestly way more fun than I expected when my girlfriend suggested it. You won’t regret booking this!
Ansh
October 2021
This was super, Marieke was very helpful, patient and a friendly host. A great teacher on enabling first timers to help make something in the first go. I was not expecting to make three pieces for n 2 hours, but I did. All thanks to Marieke. Also she prepared well for the session so we waste less time in cleaning or preparing clay. She had multiple setup, so we can swap quickly and make more pieces in the given time.
Vanessa
October 2021
Super happy that my partner and I booked this experience. The host was super accommodating which made the experience so enjoyable. The location was very easy to find. Marieke is a great teacher as well! I can’t wait to book again! ☺️

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  • Sat, Oct 23
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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    $125 per person
  • Mon, Oct 25
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    $125 per person
  • Wed, Oct 27
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    $125 per person
  • Thu, Oct 28
    5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    $125 per person
  • Fri, Oct 29
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Join 2 other guests
    $125 per person
  • Sat, Oct 30
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Join 1 other guest
    $125 per person
  • Sun, Oct 31
    12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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    $125 per person
  • Sat, Nov 6
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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    $125 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

Hair tie for long hair

Clothes you can get dirty