At The Clay Warehouse, we're all about customer experience and fostering a warm and inclusive environment for everyone. Founded in 2021 by two friends united by their love for ceramics and community, our studio has since become a bustling hub of creativity and connection. From hosting numerous classes to welcoming a diverse array of members and customers, we take pride in nurturing a space where everyone feels valued.

With an unwavering commitment to excellence, we ensure that our supplies are of the highest quality and continuously expand our offerings to better cater to your needs. Our dedicated team is here to provide you with the best possible customer service experience.

No matter your skill level or background, you'll find space here at our studio. With 14 wheels at your disposal and firing services available to all, we're passionate about making pottery accessible to everyone. After all, we believe that the joy of working with clay should be shared by all.

To all who have supported us on this journey, we extend our heartfelt gratitude. Your continued encouragement fuels our passion, and we're thrilled to keep serving you with top-notch service for many years to come. Welcome to The Clay Warehouse family!

Meet the Owners! Scott Pierce (left) and Courtney Brewer (right) at a Raku firing hosted by the Squamish Potters Guild.

Meet The Teachers

Brooke Williams - She/Her - @curiouseyepottery

Brooke Williams is an ex-corporate minion and joyful mud-witch. In 2019, she fell head over heels for clay. She does life by going all-in on something she loves and pottery is no exception to that. Brooke started teaching in January 2022, and it brings her so much joy. Today, you can find her teaching pottery, making mugs for her business, Curious Eye Pottery and in school, working on a Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling - Specializing in Professional Counselling.

Vanessa Postnikoff - They/She - @thefourthcup

Vanessa is a multi dimensional artist with a main focus on tattooing. Originally from Saskatoon, Vanessa has lived in East Vancouver since early 2019. Picking up wheel throwing in early 2023, they fell in love with clay immediately and have been a member since. As of 2024, they now instruct with us at The Clay Warehouse. Vanessa mainly works at the wheel but also does some sculptural pieces.

Natasha Hillyer - She/Her -

I first discovered my passion for clay during high school in 2013. After graduating, that passion fell off as there was nowhere accessible or affordable for me to play with clay in the lower mainland. In the summer of 2022, I walked into The Clay Warehouse, and I knew I was home, and you couldn't get me out of this place. Finally, having a space to play with clay but also connecting with everyone in this supportive, fun, and safe community.

My passions are hand building and sculpting, but I love learning as I lean more into my wheel practice. I enjoy bringing nature into my projects, creating things I've seen, or digging deep and putting my feelings into clay. I love bright colours, sparkles, and pretty things. Combining my passion for yoga and pottery through our special workshops has been a pleasure and opened new perspectives for clay practice. By day I am an early childhood educator who runs a child care centre, I teach hot yoga, and by night, you can find me in gremlin mode, staying at The Clay Warehouse till ungodly hours. I look forward to meeting you, whether in my class or hanging out at the studio.

Aaron Demes - He/Him/His

Aaron Demes (pronounced Dee-Miss) embarked on his journey as a hobby ceramicist in 2022, driven by his desire to check off one of the items on his "40 things to do before 40" list. While his childhood fascination with ceramics was sparked by family visits to Hornby Island potter Wayne Ngan's studio, it wasn't until taking his first course at The Clay Warehouse that Aaron quickly fell in love with the wheel. Aaron's work is influenced by his appreciation for simple modernist aesthetics, while also incorporating "subtle elements" of queer culture into his work. He finds joy in creating functional pieces that people use in their everyday.

Often found alongside Aaron in the studio is his beloved sheepadoodle, Solo, who is always happy to receive pets and snuggles. He spends his time outside the studio working for TransLink, watching anything Star Wars, or biking with his husband.

Brendan Carroll - He/Him - @indoorceramics

Hey there, I'm Brendan – one of the hand-building class instructors. Step into the studio, where every lump of clay holds the promise of something new, like learning how to reclaim your clay.

In my practice, clay isn't about magic – it's about technique, patience, and a little bit of guesswork. From sleek boxes to tall lamps, I love pushing the boundaries of what's possible with slabs. Lately, I've been captivated by Nerikomi, blending colours and patterns with precision and purpose, as well as levelling up my skills at the wheel. In the past, I've made large coil pots, coiled and slab-built planters, mugs, plate sets, and symmetrical geometric shapes.

If you're ready to get to know some clay without using the wheel and all that mud, join me at the studio, where we'll explore coil building, the intricacies of slab work, and how to find the results you're looking for with commercial glazes. Whether you're a wheel-throwing potter looking to level up your work, or a curious beginner, there's a place for you in my class.

Courtney Paige - She/Her - @courtneypaigeceramics

Courtney is one of the founders of The Clay Warehouse. She primarily teaches our Beginners Wheel 101 class as she loves spreading her love for this medium to new faces. You can also find her teaching some specialty classes every now and then. Her teaching style and general vibe is laid back but somehow loud. She loves drawing inspiration for her work from local natural landscapes with an emphasis on natural and organic forms.

Scott Pierce - He/Him - @cynicalceramics

Scott is the other founder of The Clay Warehouse. He teaches Wheel Throwing 102 for continued beginners and never forgets to bring the sass. Scott is an incredibly kind soul that loves sharing his passion for pottery and is always willing to help. He creates work that is modern yet timeless with an emphasis on uniformity with a hint of cynicism. You can usually find Scott puttering around the studio and giving Courtney a hard time.