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Happy Life Pottery

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Welcome to Happy Life Pottery!  We are both a teaching studio and an art/gift boutique store. Stop in today to visit our beautiful, creative space and do some shopping, sign up for a ceramics class, or both!

Happy Life Pottery Art & Gift Boutique

We offer more than just pottery! We feature a variety of art pieces and jewelry from artists who are local, national, and international. Additionally, we order a variety of home & gift items to sprinkle into the mix so that our selection is fun and varied. We truly have a little something for everyone!


Hours:

Monday & Tuesday: 12pm to 6pm

Wednesday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

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classes

Pottery Classes & Workshops

Although we produce some beautiful pottery for our store, we are mainly a teaching studio. We love the natural combination of creativity with a social atmosphere that our classes offer, and it is our absolute joy to see our students' inner artists unleashed!


For those who are interested in the pottery wheel, we currently focus on beginners or those who are re-learning the wheel after an extended absence from throwing. If you are an experienced potter who is looking for some open studio time, we are in the process of looking for an additional space so that we can accommodate your needs in the near future!


We also offer a variety of other clay classes that do not involve the wheel, so be sure to also check out the classes for Metal Clay Jewelry Making, Hand-Building (sculpture), and Saturday Evening Pottery Projects. 

Class Schedule

Because we are a small studio and also give sign-up priority to our current students, please be advised that our classes fill up quickly!

upcoming Events

oct 12

Benicia Art Walk

2pm - 7pm

Downtown Benicia on 1st Street

Event Details

oct 12

Benicia Art Walk

Benicia Art Walk is back for the 8th season from 2-7 p.m. on First Street in downtown Benicia.


Eleven amazing galleries are hosting and offer great art, live entertainment, small sips and fun activities. 


Grab the Galleries of First Street Art Passport and get it stamped at each gallery for a chance to win $200 towards a piece of art at one of the participating galleries.


Bencia Art Walk is always FREE. Look for the blue banners or pick up the 2019 Benicia Art Walk brochure and map to find your way.

2pm - 7pm

Downtown Benicia on 1st Street

oct 26

Halloween Costume Contest & Sidewalk Stroll

10am - 1pm

Downtown Benicia on 1st Street

Event Details

oct 26

Halloween Costume Contest & Sidewalk Stroll

Benicia's Halloween tradition continues with the annual Halloween Costume Contest and Sidewalk Stroll at the City Park, located at First and Military Streets.   


Kids of all ages enjoy the popular Halloween event.  Local merchants on First Street get into the spirit offering candy and treats as kids and families stroll First Street trick-or-treating. At noon on the First Street Green, located at First and East B Streets, the public can enjoy the ever-popular Canine & Critter Costume Contest with prizes.

10am - 1pm

Downtown Benicia on 1st Street

nov 30

Wine Walk & Shop Small

1pm - 5pm

Downtown Benicia, Begins at Benicia Main Street, 90 First Street

Event Details

nov 30

Wine Walk & Shop Small

Benicia Main Street celebrates the fall season with a Wine Walk in Downtown Benicia. Downtown businesses will pour a different wine at their location, providing an enjoyable outing to “sip, walk, and shop” with friends.


Tickets are $30 advance for a single ticket and $55 for a pair of tickets. Day of the event price increases to $35 - no price break for pair of tickets. Participants must be age 21 and over. Check-in starts at 12:30pm at Benicia Main Street, 90 First Street. Wine glass, map of tasting locations, and wristband will be provided per ticket holder at check-in.

1pm - 5pm

Downtown Benicia, Begins at Benicia Main Street, 90 First Street

dec 6

Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting

6pm - 9pm

Downtown Benicia on 1st Street

Event Details

dec 6

Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting

First Street merchants along with Benicia Main Street host this ever-popular open house at the beginning of the Christmas Season. Merchants offer beverages and treats and show off their holiday goods while costumed carolers sing traditional Christmas tunes. Live entertainment, wagon rides, and Christmas Tree lighting add a festive atmosphere to this family event.

6pm - 9pm

Downtown Benicia on 1st Street

dec 14

Christmas Parade & Holiday Market

10am - 3pm

Downtown Benicia on 1st Street

Event Details

dec 14

Christmas Parade & Holiday Market

Benicia’s traditional Christmast Parade starts at 10 a.m. at First & D Streets, ending at H St., and features local marching bands, dancers, and the much-anticipated Santa Claus. 


The Holiday Market, at First & D Streets, follows the parade and offers handcrafted arts & crafts, gourmet items and delicious foods.

10am - 3pm

Downtown Benicia on 1st Street

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Our Story

Happy Life Pottery is a labor of love brought to you by David and Amy Stellato. 


After leaving his corporate career, David discovered and fell in love with the art of making pottery while living in Austin, Texas, in 2014. Shortly afterwards, this creative outlet served as a source of joy even throughout his most difficult year of battling Stage 4 cancer.


In 2016, David met Amy, another artist who had similarly just left her corporate career in search of a more "Happy Life." Together, they aspired to use their business and art backgrounds to help bring more joy and creativity into the world together. 


Shortly afterwards, life threw another curveball when they learned David's mother had cancer and had been given only a 13% chance of survival. They immediately moved to California to care for her, and when she recovered, they resumed their plans.


Now David and Amy have fulfilled their dream in beautiful downtown Benicia! We hope you will be inspired with your own passion and enthusiasm for the art of pottery by taking a class, shopping, or both!

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