Irving Place Studio: Six Decades of Studio Pottery in Los Angeles

Renowned artists Dora De Larios and Ellice Johnston founded Irving Place Studio in 1968, bringing their unique skills and backgrounds to the burgeoning Los Angeles Studio Pottery Movement. They employed traditional methods and unique glazes to carry on the tradition of hand thrown pottery in California. Work created by hand has always been the mission of the studio. Each piece is thrown on a potter's wheel and worked on twelve times by hand, giving that rustic, earthy feeling and making every bowl unique. 

Commissions come from everywhere, from the White House in the 1970’s to the beloved Venice restaurant Axe, to a current local kitchen renovation. The studio’s contemporary production of hand made tableware designed for everyday use has that rare combination of elegance and functionality that make it suit today’s lifestyle, and means their wares are constantly being discovered by new audiences. 

The unstoppable Dora is still at the helm of the studio, today joined by her daughter Sabrina Judge and son-in-law Aaron Glascock, in a strong family-run collaborative business.

Dora was recently celebrated with a fifty year retrospective at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles in 2009, curated by Elaine Levin. In 2011, Dora’s work was part of the exhibition Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican-American Generation at the Autry National Center, and Common Ground at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, both part of the J. Paul Getty Pacific Standard Time exhibitions on LA art from 1945-1980.

Assembly of Objects are delighted to feature Irving Place Studio in our current range of California-inspired limited edition gift boxes.

Presented in our limited-edition Her box is the covered jar in their hot chocolate series - speckled white glaze interior, rim and lid with unglazed dark brown hand sanded stoneware exterior. Approximately 2.5 inches high by 4.75 inches wide, yet the size, shape and finish will vary slightly - the beauty of unique objects. This lidded bowl is both dishwasher and microwave safe and has endless uses in the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, office….. 

Reference: “At 81, ceramic artist Dora De Larios still creates for new audiences” by Emily Young, LA Times, January 2, 2015