Clay Studio + Gallery Inc. located in Thousand Oaks, CA specializes in teaching pottery classes for all ages. Clay Studio instructors Esther Alinejad and Ali Alinejad are both formally trained artists. Esther has been teaching for 30 years. She teaches adult pottery classes, children/teen classes, private classes, as well as working with children/young adults on the Spectrum. Esther received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her MFA from the University of Arizona. Ali received his BFA from the University of Paris, France VIII. Clay Studio houses a Gallery space where they sell, sculptural artwork, functional ceramics, and Esther’s paintings upon request.
Take a class and have fun learning how to “throw” on a pottery wheel and/or learn how to “hand build” with clay. The classes are taught in a fun, non-competitive, supportive atmosphere. Come clay with us!
Esther and Ali Alinejad have created a nonprofit organization Art Through Action Inc. Our mission is to create an exhibition space for the Borderline Sculpture Memorial created be Ali Alinejad. Please visit www.arthroughaction.org for more info
Our second leg of our nonprofit organization is to provide classes at no cost for kids, and young adults on the Spectrum, and/or with other special needs. We have received a Creative Youth Development Grant from the California Arts Council.
This grant will provide scholarships for both individuals with special needs, as well as local underserved individuals within our local community.
Esther and I created 12 totem sculptures with the first names of each victim from the Borderline shooting. Each sculpture is approximately 8-12 feet tall, and is the first name of each individual. On the back side of each sculpture, the history of each victim is inscribed onto the clay totems. A totem was created for each victim: Noel, Kristina, Alaina, Blake, Jake, Tel, Cody, Mark, Ron, Justin, Sean, and Dan.
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
Open House Saturdays
Come and visit our studio and/or our gallery on Saturdays from 11:00-1:00.
For those interested in our classes, you are welcome to come and see our studio!
And for those individuals interested in purchasing our functional ceramics and/or sculptural works you can visit our gallery. We sell handmade cups, bowls, berry bowls, vases, pitchers, and large serving platters. All of our functional work is food safe, dishwasher safe, oven safe, and microwavable.
You are also welcome to view, and/or purchase our fine artwork i.e., sculpture, garden sculpture, and paintings.
The Clay Studio + Gallery Inc. in Thousand Oaks, CA specializes in pottery classes for children and adults. They also offer an amazing Summer Camp for kids. Owned and operated by artists Esther & Ali Alinejad, the studio has been a local favorite for over 23 years!