from daily stress, Berman Ceramic Arts
is a terrific place for beginners and
accomplished ceramists alike to explore the world of clay.
Ceramic Arts also known as the Cahuenga School of
Pottery, founded by Harry Berman almost 40 years ago, is the most highly
recognized school for pottery instruction in the Los Angeles area. The
Studio City Sun Times calls Berman Ceramic Arts " An artists'
haven and the coolest creative arena you may never have heard of
–before now." The Burbank Daily Review calls it "...an eye
opener" and the Tolucan Times say it "...continues its commitment to enriching the community through
participating in the arts."
This nurturing atmosphere fosters creativity and friendship while
providing guided individual technical instruction. Many experienced
students, who’ve attended the school for 10 to 15 years, take great
pleasure in welcoming and assisting newcomers.
Executive director Harry Berman carefully chooses all Instructors.
Each with a unique aesthetic and approach to teaching, with Masters
Degrees in ceramics they are also college instructors and exhibiting
The school is completely equipped with lots of potters’ wheels, gas
kilns from small to walk-in, electric kilns, a Raku kiln, slab rollers,
an extruder, spray equipment -- and plenty of room to spread out and
work. The large variety of clays and wide assortment of high and
low fire glazes provide unlimited avenues of expression.
The diverse and thorough courses range from the beginners
"Introduction to Ceramics" to intermediate and advanced
classes where hand-built and wheel thrown pottery, abstract and
figurative sculpture are created. The weekly demonstrations, small
class-sizes (8 to 16 students), 9-week semesters with open studio time,
and the ever-changing curriculum create an exciting learning
"Working with clay is magical, it allows for the freedom of
self-discovery and most important, enables us to get in touch with the
simple joy of playing in the mud again."
"We look forward to having you join us."
Berman, Executive Director
In addition to pottery and sculpture classes five days a week, Berman
School of Ceramics offers the following services and activities:
- Firing ceramics for the public
- Private individual and group instruction
- Monthly studio space rental
- Student fieldtrips
- Group gallery exhibitions
- Exciting workshops
- Annual student pottery sale