31 Thorpe Rd, Needham, MA 02494    Phone: 781-449-7687       Fax: 781-449-9098      Email: PottersShop@aol.com     

Welcome to the Potters Shop and School

The Potters Shop & School is a pottery studio, school, gallery, and bookstore, and one of the finest clay facilities in New England. We occupy a spacious, well lit, and professionally equipped space in the Gorse Mill Studios, a vibrant and diverse community of artists. We offer resident and non-resident studio memberships, adult classes, and workshops, and a variety of services and resources for people working in clay. Our gallery is filled with work made in the shop by staff and members covering a variety of styles.  Our shop’s selection of pottery books and videos is known the world over and we also stock a hand picked selection of pottery tools. 

We are potters and speak the language of clay! 

Our summer open hours are
Monday & Tuesday: 12-6
Wednesday & Thursday: 11-5
Friday: Closed during the summer
Closed weekends and most holidays

It's always advisable to call before visiting to be sure that unforeseen 
circumstances haven't caused us to be closed

Please feel free to visit us during these times for purchasing clay, tools, books, firing, 
and to browse our gallery. 

If you are not comfortable entering the building, we will continue offering loading dock drop off and 
pick up for firing and clay purchases. If you would like to avail yourself of these services please 
email us at pottersshop@aol.com for instructions and payment details.

If you are interested in studio membership, classes, or any of our services or offerings, please click on 
one of the tabs above, call us at 781-449-7687 or email pottersshop@aol.com

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

-Steven Branfman, Founder, Director, and Head Potter

News Around the Studio

Our staff and members are all active in clay, with a variety of connections to the greater clay community

Our Founder and Director, Steven Branfman, has been elected membership in the International Academy Of Ceramics, considered the most prestigious and highly regarded ceramics organization in the world. Click here to learn more about the IAC

He was recently invited to be interviewed by the K12 Art-Chat, a division of Davis Publications. Click on the image below and scroll down to episode #150 to hear him speak about the healing power of art.

Workshops and Events

(Studio members only)

  Studio Raku Firings- held monthly

July 19, 10:30

All pots must be glazed and ready to load the night prior to the firing.

*Weather and Kiln Site Conditions Permitting. Please call to check for cancellations and rescheduling. 

August; TBD 

Special Workshop with Steve Hilton

Tuesday, July 16, 10-5

Cost: Free

Annual Bowlathon Benefitting Neighbors in Need 

Tuesday, July 23rd - throwing

Wednesday-Friday, July 24-26th - trimming

Glazathon - Date TBD

Class Registration

Class Registration is now closed

For details on our classes and how to be notified when we open registration for next session, visit our page for School/Classes 


The Potters Shop was founded by Steven Branfman in 1977 as a studio, school, gallery, and workspace for clayworkers. Our original location in Newton Highlands had been a potters studio since about 1960 with The Potters Shop being the third or fourth studio to occupy the space. Our first offerings were adult classes, children's classes, and limited workspace.  Over the years as our reputation for quality programs, honest help and advice, and a relaxed, professional and comfortable atmosphere grew, so did our need for space and equipment.  In 1989 the studio was moved and The Potters School, a non-profit educational institution was organized as a separate entity insuring our continued growth and our ability to offer the finest pottery facility and educational programs in New England. The Potters School has continued to evolve and in 2005 we made the transition from a regular class schedule to focusing our services on studio membership. Today, The Potters Shop and The Potters School operate together seamlessly as The Potters Shop & School. We are, as we have been from the beginning, committed to the support of clay arts through quality educational programs, professional facilities, and the production and exhibition of some of the best and most sought after pottery in the area. 

Students and members of The Potters Shop & School come from many different clay backgrounds. Some have taken classes, some are self-taught, some are professional potters who want access to extensive equipment, some are hobbyists who enjoy being part of a larger pottery community. We offer adult classes, workshops, internships, and three different levels of studio membership available to meet a broad range of needs. Though we all come from different backgrounds, our common interest in clay, art, and craft has brought us together.  Our goal at The Potters Shop & School is to develop a studio atmosphere of creativity and mutual support.  The staff is dedicated to providing encouragement and fostering cooperation in an effort to make your use of the studio rewarding and productive.

I hope you come to visit The Potters Shop & School so we can show you what we can only describe to you here on these pages.

31 Thorpe Rd. Needham, MA 02494     Phone: 781-449-7687     Fax: 781-449-9098   Email: PottersShop@aol.com 

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