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Painting and Pottery Studio

Work on your painting, drawing and pottery projects with other artists during Open Studio sessions at Sunnyvale's Creative Arts Center (map). Open Studio provides access to equipment, plus the opportunity to collaborate with other artists. No formal instruction is provided.

Notice: Due to the County of Santa Clara's Purple Tier designation (Tier One), the Painting and Pottery will be CLOSED until further notice.

Questions? Call 408-730-7350.

Operating Hours
Studio Mon. Tues. Wed Thur. Fri. Sat.
Painting-Drawing 9 a.m.-noon NA NA NA NA NA
Pottery 2-5 p.m.
6-9 p.m.
2-5 p.m.
6-9 p.m.
NA noon-3 p.m.
6-9 p.m.
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
2-5 p.m.
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
1-4 p.m.

Closed Sundays and City Holidays.

Open Painting and Drawing Studio

Attendance Requirements

  • Artists of any skill level
  • Age 18+
  • Pre-purchased Painting Pass – See Purchase or Renew a Studio Pass
  • Scheduled appointment – Go to Open Studio Appointments

Studio Equipment

  • Table space
  • Natural light
  • Large H-frame
  • Bench easels

What to Bring

Bring your own art supplies (such as paints, brushes, canvas, solvents and container for water) for your project.


Find Beginning Painting Classes

Open Pottery Studio

Attendance Requirements

  • Skill Level: Advanced Beginners (minimum of 3 beginning classes) to advanced-level potters
  • Age 18+
  • Attire: Open-toe shoes and dangling jewelry are not permitted
  • Pre-purchased Pottery Pass – See Purchase or Renew a Studio Pass
  • Scheduled appointment – Go to Open Studio Appointments

Advice from the kiln technician is available during open studio. Demonstrations will not be conducted at this time.

Studio Equipment

  • 5 electric pottery wheels
  • Kick wheel (must be reserved during appointment time)
  • Slab roller
  • Spray booth and extruder
  • Two 16.5 cubic foot electric kilns
  • Two 24 cubic foot gas kilns, with cone 10 oxidation and reduction firing
  • Low-fire Raku kiln

Kiln use: Kiln use is for group firings. No works over 20” x 20” x 24” are accepted for firing. Allow three to four weeks for firing due to decreased participation. The kiln will be run when full.

What to Bring

You must bring your own pottery supplies which you have purchased in advance. Supplies may be purchased online or at the registration desk. Tools in the studio may not be shared (due to COVID protocols).

Notice: No production pottery, outside firing, outside clay or glazes, will be permitted.

Clay

You must purchase clay from the City for use and storage in the studio. If you do not currently have clay stored in the studio, you must purchase it at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.

Clay-working Supplies

You must bring your own needle tool, wooden knife, metal and wood rib, wire cutter, sponge and trimming/loop tool. If you don’t have these items, purchase the Basic Pottery Tool Kit which includes them all.

Bat: You will be supplied with one bat for your wheel. You may also bring your own bats. Additional bats will not be available at the studio due to COVID protocols.

How to Purchase Supplies

You may purchase Clay or the Basic Pottery Tool Kit:

  • Online (click the “Events, Passes and Tickets” button)
  • In-person at the Community Center Registration desk
  • By phone: 408-730-7350

In-person and by phone during business hours (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Fees (price includes sales tax)

  • Clay: $31 per 25-pound bag. Price includes glazing and firing for your finished work.
  • Basic Pottery Tool Kit: $30

You will receive an email from recreation-registration@sunnyvale.ca.gov with your paid receipt and item ticket. Redeem the ticket for Clay and the Basic Pottery Tool Kit at the Pottery Studio either on your mobile phone or printed copy.


Find Beginning Pottery Classes

Studio Fees
Studio Resident Nonresident
Painting-Drawing 1-visit: $7
5-visits: $35
1-visit: $9
5-visits: $45
Pottery 1-visit: $29
5-visits: $145
1-visit: $36
5-visits: $180

Each visit is valid for one 3-hour appointment.

Purchase or Renew a Studio Pass

You may purchase or renew a pass:

  • Online (click the “Events, Passes and Tickets” button)
  • In-person at the Community Center Registration desk
  • By phone: 408-730-7350

In-person and by phone during business hours (M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

You will receive an email from recreation-registration@sunnyvale.ca.gov with your paid receipt and studio pass.

About Studio Passes

  • You must purchase a Painting or Pottery Studio pass at least 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • One pass per person. Passes cannot be shared.
  • Each appointment equals one visit on your pass.
  • The City reserves the right to cancel your appointment for failure to have a valid Painting or Pottery Studio pass on file.
Schedule Pottery Pickup Appointment

Pottery pick-up appointments will be available the first Friday of every month. Schedule your appointment below.

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