Who We Are

Jen

I was introduced to pottery in high school and got hooked instantly. There was something about clay’s tangibility that was so appealing – I could get lost for hours whether handbuilding or on the wheel. In college, I decided to make art my focus, graduating from Michigan State University (Go, Green!) with a BFA in Studio Art.

Since my days at MSU, I’ve worked a variety of art and marketing jobs, lived in both metro Detroit and Norfolk, Virginia, and completed a 200-hour training with YogaWorks. While I’ll always be a Midwest girl at heart, the west coast had been calling my name for a while. So at the end of 2012, I packed up my car and dog and ended up in LA.

Being surrounded by the passionate, generous artists that show up each day at Peach Tree Pottery is a dream come true. I have the utmost gratitude to be involved in continuing what my Aunt Linda created, as a teacher and now the studio’s owner. Whether you have a specific project in mind, want to geek out over glazes, or need to let go of the day, I’d love to invite you to our amazing space and create together.

 

Robert

I have been immersed in the ceramics world for over 7 years. With an Art degree from Mira Costa College, I was lucky to gain experience in handbuilding, sculpting, slip casting, and (my specialty) throwing. I’m very excited to guide students to become more confident, dynamic artists!

 

Gus

Gus, our studio dog, brings creative encouragement to all who enter our space.

 

Linda, Our Founder

Linda Mechanic, PTP’s guiding light & founder, opened our studio in 1997 and shared her passion for pottery with others until 2011. She is profoundly missed by all of us in the Peach Tree Pottery family. Her partner, Carolynn LaRocca, kept the doors to PTP open, as a tribute to Linda’s legacy and also to honor the work and art of our pottery clients/friends and regularly showing artists.

Giving Back

Holiday Show Donations

“Get Centered” is an adjunct of Peach Tree Pottery which sponsors The Linda & Morton Mechanic Scholarship Fund and provides pottery classes for children and other individuals in need of extracurricular art activities in the community.


Peach Tree Pottery reaches out to those in need over the winter holiday season. During our annual Holiday Art Show we collect toys and monetary donations for local families. We also gather items for LA Animal Shelters.

Fun at Peach Tree Pottery Event

Peach Tree Pottery has a tradition of including charity partners in each event. Some of our past fund-raising partners include:


  • Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • Avon 2-Day Breast Cancer Walk
  • EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women
  • Karma Rescue
  • Saint Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
  • American Red Cross
  • The Samburu Project
  • So Calif Alcohol and Drug Programs
  • Kates-Place.org