About Us

We’re Hiring!

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

Studio Manager

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.

Team

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.

Jacob

Jacob Adivi

STUDIO MANAGER
Jacob Adivi is an LA native who recently moved to Santa Barbara. Since Jacob was eight-years-old, the malleability and plasticity of clay has served as his therapy. He applied his appreciation for art as an executive youth board member of the LA Museum of the Holocaust where he has curated exhibits and displayed his ceramic work. Through the museum, Jacob co-founded the non-profit L’Dough V’Dough, where intergenerational sessions focused on tolerance and storytelling are now held on college campuses across the U.S.
Over the years, Jacob has enjoyed teaching hand building to children, wheel throwing to adults, and kick wheel skills to Ugandan college students. Aside from being an ardent potter, Jacob is a beekeeping enthusiast and passionate about the environment.

Hannah

Hannah Anderson

STUDIO COORDINATOR

Hannah has three years of ceramics experience and loves the creativity and attention to detail offered by handbuilding techniques. She enjoys the way these techniques allow for function and decoration to come together to create something unique.

In addition to her role as Studio Coordinator, Hannah teaches yoga weekly at Clay Studio. Hannah believes in the grounding power of yoga, which reminds her to slow down, and strengthens her mind-body connection. Hannah’s biggest joy is to share these benefits with those she teacher. Hannah specializes in vinyasa flow and restorative practices, complete with an opportunity to reflect, meditate, and set an intention for your practice.

Sarah

Sarah Willes

STUDIO TECHNICIAN

Bio coming soon!

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!

Team