Groups of 4 or fewer   •  Groups of 5 or more

We are not able to host any private events at this time in order to keep our studio occupancy in compliance with current COVID-19 regulations. Please keep us mind when more regular activities resume!


Whether you are 2 or 20, our experienced staff will guide your group through a memorable and fun event. Our downtown location puts us close to many dining choices to make a day of it.

Team Building for 5-36 Participants

Please call us for information on larger groups.

All workshops are approximately 2 or 3 hours, and each option is great for groups of 5 or more people. We include all instruction, aprons, tools, materials, clay, glazes, and firing. Your team will have fun getting creative & muddy together!

We accommodate larger groups of 35 to 50 (see Option #1) by setting up three activity stations. Participants choose 2 out of 3 activities during the workshop. Choices include pottery wheel, hand-built mugs OR sushi dishes, and hand-built birdhouses OR oval tray with handles.

TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES

During your workshop, participants work on the pottery wheel, do hand-building projects, or both. After making items, participants choose from a broad palette of glazes – all are food-safe, non-toxic, dishwasher and microwave safe. Pieces are ready for pickup within 3-4 weeks of your event date.

Option 1

Deluxe Wheel &
Hand-Building

Each person makes 1 piece on the pottery wheel and creates 3 nested trays in various sizes, with beautiful, imprinted designs. Everyone has a great time exploring all the texture mats, stamps, letters, and rolled impressions while making gorgeous dishes with raised edges. Other hand building projects may be available on request.

Option 1 is available for up to 36 people.

4 pieces per person

$95/person • 2 hours

Option 2

“Wet & Wild” Pottery Wheel Workshop

Participants make 2 pieces on the pottery wheel – typically a cup and a bowl. At the end of the workshop, we have a little friendly competition – teams compete for the tallest, combined cylinder. Prizes are typically giant chocolate bars – YUM. Mini chocolate bars given to the runners-up.

Option 2 is available for up to 18 people.

2 pieces per person

$75/person • 2 hours

Option 3

Ultimate Wheel & Hand-Building

Make lots of items, experience both pottery wheel & hand-building AND enjoy a friendly competition for 3 hours of pottery-making bliss! Each person makes 2 pieces on the pottery wheel – typically a cup and a bowl. We then compete in teams for tallest combined cylinders. After pottery wheel work, everyone creates slab-based, hand-built projects (see choices below) with imprinted designs and textures.

Option 3 is available for up to 36 people.

Up to 5 pieces per person

Choose ONE hand-building project for your group:
3A Nested plates (3)
3B Birdhouse
3C Large Oval Serving Tray with Handles
3D Breakfast or Dessert set – 8” square plate & mug

$115/person • 3 hours

REFRESHMENTS

For groups of 10 or more, Higher Fire provides light refreshment – typically bottled water, fresh fruit and cookies. Many visiting groups dine out prior to, or just after their workshop with us. If you prefer, Higher Fire can set aside a large table for serving snacks or beverages (beer, wine, etc.) that you’d like to bring along…Just let us know.

BOOKING

The best days for booking group events are Thursday & Friday afternoons, although we can accommodate groups most weekday afternoons with sufficient advanced notice. When you are ready to book, we collect a 25% non-refundable deposit based on your planned headcount. Balance is due on the day of the workshop. Higher Fire charges for the actual number of attendees or 90% of your planned headcount, whichever is higher. All events are two hours long.

LATE POLICY

We’re thrilled to have your group visit for a workshop! It’s important, however, that participants arrive on time so we can begin within 30 minutes of your scheduled start time, in order to minimize negative impacts on staff & studio scheduling of classes (and cascades of delays for students or other visiting groups). Groups that begin their workshop later than 30 minutes after their start time are charged $50 per 1/2 hour of delay.

PARKING

Higher Fire is surrounded by plentiful street parking and is adjacent to several city parking lots. We encourage you to walk, bike, or take public transit to our studio if possible. But for those driving, here are some easy options for parking near our studio and gallery.

NEW! 90 Minutes FREE at ParkSJ Garages

The city’s parking validation program ended in 2020, and has been replaced by a “first 90 minutes FREE” program for all customers entering ParkSJ’s main downtown lots and garages. Everyone gets 90 minutes free, then regular rates apply.

Metered Parking

Plenty of metered street parking is available on South 1st and Market Streets around the studio. Metered spaces allow for up to 3-hours of parking between 9am-6pm on weekdays and Saturdays. Weeknights after 6pm, spaces are free. (Parking on William Street is for residents only.)

Non-Metered Parking on Reed or Balbach Streets

Plenty of non-metered street parking with no time limit is available on Reed Street, east of Market. 2-Hour parking on Balbach Street is non-metered, but the 2-hour time limit is enforced.

South First Area (SoFA) lot

Located under Interstate 280 at South First Street. The SoFA lot offers FREE parking weeknights after 6 p.m. and all day Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Flat rate all-day parking Monday-Friday is available for $5. This lot is just a 2-minute walk to our front door.

Some useful links:

Parking in downtown San Jose – Programs & Info
Interactive SJ Downtown Parking Map
Get Downtown via Public Transit

2-2-2 Mini Workshop for up to 4 participants

We are not able to host any 2-2-2 workshops at this time in order to keep our studio occupancy in compliance with current COVID-19 regulations. Check out our Take A Spin class for a mini workshop experience!


The 2-2-2 makes a great gift! Click here to see our Gift Certificate options.

2-2-2 stands for 2 People, 2 Projects, 2 Hours. Great for couples, friends, or small groups…Join us for a private lesson on the pottery wheel and slab roller. Each participant will make 2 pieces on the wheel and up to 3 slab-built items in two hours. Pieces are fired, finished, and ready for pickup within 3-4 weeks.

$199 for 2 people
Additional participants (maximum 4) are $95/each

Minimum age for pottery wheel is 10. Contact us to arrange a date & time for your workshop!

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