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.
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.
Bonnie has been working in the world of ceramics for 9 years, beginning when she first moved to Santa Barbara from Georgia. She got her start in ceramics by working as a kiln technician at a local studio, the Schott Center, before starting her role as Clay Studio’s Studio Technician in August of 2021. Not only does she have an extensive knowledge of how to load and operate kilns, but she also has years of experience in throwing and handbuilding. Her work ranges, but mostly explores human-like expressions and forms on planters, mugs, and vases. Her work is playful, and captures the joy and spirit that creativity invites in. The delicate nature of her faces and forms shows her fine attention to detail as well as her skills in working with clay.
In her free time, Bonnie loves to hike, explore new places, and soak in natural hot springs with her husband Jared and their two dogs Jack and Eddie.
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.