About Us

We’re Hiring!

Join a small and dynamic team at Clay Studio. We are currently hiring for the following positions.

Ceramic Instructor

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to patrick@claystudiosb.org and courtney@claystudiosb.org.

Our Mission

Clay Studio is a community art center committed to fostering the creative process in a welcoming and supportive environment. Our goal is to enrich lives by teaching and promoting the ceramic arts.

Our Story

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) creative hub for the Santa Barbara arts community and an international destination for all who are passionate about exploring the ceramic arts. Founded in 2012 by potter Patrick Hall, Clay Studio is a safe haven for exploration in clay — from hand building to wheel throwing to 3D printing — and, more. Our state-of-the-art facility and caring, experienced staff will help you develop your potential in any direction you choose.

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Our People

Patrick

Patrick Hall

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Patrick Hall is an artist living in Santa Barbara, California. At age 14, he fell in love with clay and soon got a job as a production potter, where he honed his throwing skills for five years. After completing a BFA, then an MFA at UCSB, he founded Design Associates. His firm specialized in designing and building custom homes, furniture and light fixtures, and landscape design.

Nearly 30 years later, he returned to clay and founded Clay Studio, where he works, teaches and shares his appreciation for the ceramic arts with other artists in the community.

Molly

Molly Gwitt

STUDIO MANAGER

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Molly moved to California in the summer of 2021 to work at Clay Studio. She took her first pottery class at age 14, where she discovered her passion for ceramics.  After graduating high school, Molly began teaching pottery to middle schoolers and high schoolers at an art camp. Here, she fell in love with raku firing and found creative ways to inspire her community through art and creativity. Molly received her BFA from University of Wisconsin — Green Bay in Spring of 2021, and received the honor of Outstanding Senior Show Award of her class at her Senior Exhibition. In her free time, Molly loves hiking and spending time in nature, which is where she draws much of her inspiration for her art. She is excited to explore all that Santa Barbara has to offer and to be a part of the wonderful community at Clay Studio.  

Hannah

Hannah Anderson

STUDIO COORDINATOR

Hannah has four years of ceramics experience and loves the creativity and attention to detail offered by handbuilding techniques. She enjoys the way these techniques assist in creating organic shapes and movement in her work. In addition to handbuilding, Hannah has been working in digital fabrications and learning how to use Clay Studio’s 3D printer. She is enthralled by the finesse and detail that the precision of the printer allows for, and is excited to keep exploring new methods of creating.

In addition to her role as Studio Coordinator, Hannah loves spending time outside with her dog Pita. She is inspired by plants and birds, and aims to capture their sense of movement and growth in her work. She also loves to read, knit, draw, and sew.

Juliette

Juliette Fish

GLAZE TECHNICIAN

Juliette is an experienced and enthusiastic ceramic artist who utilizes hand building techniques to create a wide variety of work with a focus on texture and form.  She has worked in clay for over 10 years and has shown and sold her work in a number of venues.  She has also been avidly developing and testing glazes for the last five years.

She has worked in a wide variety of other artistic media including painting, textiles, photography, screen printing and soft sculpture.  Juliette was a frequent contributor to a national crafts magazine for which she designed many published projects.  She is also a member of the Ventura County Potter’s Guild.

Juliette discovered at a young age that designing and making things is what brings her endless satisfaction and joy!

Courtney

Courtney Reilly Goodwin

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Courtney fell in love with ceramics six years ago while taking a night class with friends in Santa Barbara. She was quickly hooked on the meditative nature of the ceramic arts, which provided a much needed creative outlet and opportunity to calm the mind. With a background in branding and women’s fashion, she soon started making ceramic jewelry for herself, friends and family.
Prior to joining Clay Studio, Courtney spent the last ten years as a Partner and Account Director for a boutique branding agency, focusing on agency expansion, business development and account management in Chicago and California. She loves relationship building and helping creative businesses grow, scale and enter new markets. She now brings that experience to Clay Studio where she leads the development of programming and the continued growth of the studio.
In her spare time, she continues to design and produce her Jeanne Ceramics jewelry line– which can be found in local boutiques and markets.
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