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.
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, 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.