Brushstrokes Studio

Brushstrokes Studio is a pottery, glass fusing, and mosaics studio located near the Fourth Street Shopping District in Berkeley. We offer drop-in studio time 7 days a week as well as classes, summer camps, birthday parties and special workshops.

ABoUT Us

Jessica shares her artistic process and vision in this short film.

founded, owned, operated by artists

Jessica Abbott Williams is an artist and the owner of Brushstrokes. Jessica is a graduate of the Ceramics Department of the California College of the Art. She has exhibited her paintings at St. Supery Winery in Napa, at Stem Gallery and the Box Factory in San Francisco. She has sold her production line of handmade ceramics at the SF Museum of Modern Art Museum Store, the Palo Alto Museum Store and the Gardener in Berkeley. Find out more about Jessica’s current creative endeavors here and here. A selection of her paintings and drawings are on view in the upstairs studio at Brushstrokes and are available for purchase here.

Brushstrokes was founded in 1995 by the ceramic artists Nancy Selvin and Kevin Nierman (of Kids ‘n’ Clay). Two years later, Jessica bought the business from Kevin and Nancy. She is a graduate of the Ceramics Department of the California College of the Arts. Read more about the owner…

Our mission is to create an atmosphere that is beautiful, inspiring, relaxing, and hospitable where visitors can express their creativity. Our aim is to be a positive part of our wider east bay community by being involved in schools and other civic organizations and by being a drop-in storefront space where the community, friends, and families can connect through the process of making art.

What people are saying about our studio, camps, and classes:

“The art class I took at Brushstrokes encompassed so much more than I had anticipated! Jessica continually went above and beyond with inspiration for our projects. I always left with not only creative inspiration, but often knowledge of a completely new medium. It was so wonderful to connect with artists of all levels, share work, and have great feedback. I love my Thursday mornings at Brushstrokes!” –Tam

“Going to Camp Brushstrokes as well as being a counselor and a staff member of Brushstrokes has taught me invaluable lessons and skills and created great memories. Brushstrokes and Camp Brushstrokes have made a huge impact on my life as an artist, strongly influencing me to become a Studio Arts major in college.” –Dina


Brushstrokes partnered with the Alameda County Community Food Bank to work with children at local schools to paint over 500 bowls per year to be used at the ACCFB annual fundraiser, Empty Bowls. Brushstrokes donates time and materials to the Food Bank for this project.

Brushstrokes partnered with the Alameda County Community Food Bank to work with children at local schools to paint over 500 bowls per year to be used at the ACCFB annual fundraiser, Empty Bowls. Brushstrokes donates time and materials to the Food Bank for this project.

Brushstrokes is a member of Buy Local Berkeley. We encourage you to shop local and support the businesses that make Berkeley unique.

Brushstrokes is a member of Buy Local Berkeley. We encourage you to shop local and support the businesses that make Berkeley unique.

 

©2016 Brushstrokes Studio, Inc. Photos by Erin Scott and Stephanie Rausser.