Merrill Pottery Co-op

The Merrill Pottery Co-Op is currently closed through the Summer. Information about how to sign-up and how to contact the Co-Op will be updated in Fall 2021. Please be on the look out for further information.



The Merrill Pottery Co-Op is a student-run ceramics cooperative founded in 1970. It is located in the basement of the Merrill A Building. With views of the redwood forest, the Co-Op features two studios: one for throwing and building, the other for glazing. Outside, a gas firing kiln completes the facility.

What's a Co-Op?

A cooperative is a group of people who collectively own and operate a business or resource. A Co-op is non-hierarchical, and members share equally in responsibilities, benefits, and decisions. Merrill students are given priority membership, though membership is open to all current UCSC students.

How to Join

2021-2022  information coming in early Fall Quarter 2021.


The Merrill Programs and Leadership office handles all the administrative functions of the Pottery Co-Op. The College Programs Coordinator is the fiscal manager and staff advisor of the Pottery Co-Op. Decisions about expenditures rest with the Pottery Co-Op student managers and/or Co-Op members. Work-trade student managers can enjoy free membership in exchange for undertaking leadership responsibilities. These include mentoring/training others in glaze chemistry and firing techniques, overseeing workgroups, ordering supplies, conducting cleanup and facilities organization and inventory. Student managers are subject to dismissal by consensus if they do not fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

I Don't Know How to Clay

Co-Op members can pursue a variety of ceramic interests in the studio, from handbuilding to throwing on the wheel. One does not need great artistic ability, nor extensive experience in ceramics to become a member. The Co-op welcomes all who are interested in CLAY, COMPLIANCE, and CREATIVITY.

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