Mill Valley Potter’s Studio specializes in ceramic arts education. Our students learn various ways to work with clay: to pinch, coil, build, sculpt, throw on the potter’s wheel and glaze. We offer adult classes, after-school youth classes, open studio time for adult-members to practice outside of class, parent/child classes, private parties, and a variety of workshops taught by in-house instructors and guest instructors. We also have a sister facility, called Wheelhouse, for artists that focus on creating work to sell.
Mill Valley Potter’s Studio was founded by Jennie Dito, a local ceramic enthusiast. Jennie believes in the therapeutic effects of working with clay and throwing on the potter’s wheel. “It quiets the mind, pulls you outside of your head, and brings awareness to your body.” She’s proved it can be a perfect escape from our busy schedules and wanted to share this creative and healthful art with her community!
Mill Valley Potter’s Studio is located next to Proof Lab Station at 254 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, CA at “Tam Junction.” You’ll find our studio through the gates of the CNL Native Plant Nursery.
Our lot is shared with three independent businesses including: Mill Valley Potter’s Studio, The Studio 4 Art, and CNL Native Plant Nursery.
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Meet the Staff
Jennie Dito – Owner: Jennie Dito, owner and founder of Mill Valley Potter’s Studio, is a Marin County native. She studied art history and environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz and completed certificate courses in environmental and business law and architecture at the University of San Diego and at Harvard. Jennie is committed to environmental conservation and arts education. She is also a ceramics enthusiast and finds working with clay the best outlet and escape from her busy schedule. She founded the studio in 2011 while working in the renewable energy industry. Jennie now divides her time between an interior architecture design firm and the Studio. On her time off, she enjoys the great outdoors, running, and hiking with her husband, John, and dog, Timber.
Nadia Tarzi Saccardi – Instructor & Programs Manager: Nadia was Born in Strasbourg, France. She spent some of her childhood in Sweden where she touched clay for the first time. She studied ceramics and sculpture in Europe, and has continued her exploration in different aspects of ceramics since her move to San Francisco in the 1990’s. Her focus on the history of ceramics lead her to study and publish on the history and archaeology of Central Asia, with an emphasis on Buddhist Studies. In recent years she began teaching adult and children ceramics and pottery on the wheel classes. Her work includes low fire ceramics and sculpture as well as high fire pottery. Some of her pieces have earned awards, and her work can be seen in regional shows.
Sarah Wright – Operations Manager: Sarah was born in San Mateo where she has spent the majority of her life, but now lives in Sausalito with her husband, Ben, and their dog, Scrappy. She lived in Hong Kong as a young child, studied in England for her GCSE’s and A levels, then graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Studio Art: Concentration in Ceramics and Painting. Sarah naturally gravitates towards ceramics because of its therapeutic tangible beauty and it’s ability to allow oneself to express in any visual and functional form. Outside of the ceramics world, Sarah loves to hike, enjoys experiencing different cultures and sings/performs with her band every month.
Robert Abrams – Instructor: Robert has been working with clay since 1993, and teaching pottery since 2001. He has an MFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Art University. Robert has taught at many studios here in the SF Bay Area, including 10 years at the Berkeley Art Studio at UC Berkeley, as well as at The Potters’ Studio (Berkeley), and the Richmond Art Center. Currently, you can see Robert’s work at Room Art Gallery in Mill Valley, The Potters’ Studio Gallery in Berkeley, and on the web at RobertAbramsSculpture.com.
Lynne Meade- Instructor: Lynne Meade was born in Buffalo, N.Y. and raised outside Boston. She studied ceramics at Wesleyan University and Penland School of Crafts. Since 1986 she has taught classes at MIT, The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Walnut Creek Civic Arts, ASUC at UC Berkeley, and workshops around the country. She also exhibits regularly at craft fairs and galleries. Lynne is widely recognized for her hand carved vessels and tile work.
Roger Yee – Instructor: Roger Yee was born in Oakland, California, and raised in the Bay Area. He has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sonoma State University, a Masters in Fine Arts, with a ceramics concentration, from San Jose State University, a Masters in Education and a California Single Subject Teaching Credential in Art. Roger has been fascinated with the process of learning since he was 15 years old. At that age he taught windsurfing and snow skiing professionally. That experience gave Roger the tools and techniques necessary to effectively teach people. Since then, he has been in pursuit of how people learn and how to be a better educator. Although Roger has run large ceramics studios and is an amazing ceramic potter, his true passion is teaching ceramics.
Ian Bassett – Instructor: Ian Basset is a Ceramic artist and maker living in Oakland, California. He was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Connecticut on the Long Island Sound. He received his MFA from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology and his BFA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He has worked as both studio technician and educator in several studios and schools across the country. His work has been exhibited at such venues as the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and Ox Bow School of Art. He currently works as Adjunct Professor in Ceramics, Design and Art History at Los Medanos College. He continues to make work that is deeply rooted in craft and the concepts and ideas held toward the contemporary perception of craft practices.
Shannon Abac – Youth Instructor: Shannon Abac is a San Francisco based artist with a strong commitment to ceramics. She was born and raised on the westside of Maui, Hawaii and relocated to San Francisco in 2007. Shannon received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco State University and is currently a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts.
Studio Monitors and Techs: Shannon Abac, Briana Van Koll and Jeff Perkins