Ruby O’Burke, a celebrated California artist, established the clay studio in 1962 to provide facilities and a supportive environment for potters to develop their craft. In 1967, with the help of Ruth Asawa’s family she moved the studio to its present location in the Castro district. After running the studio single-handedly for many years, Ruby established a manager system in 1977 to distribute the workload. Several studio members were hired to collect fees, fire kilns, answer questions and keep the place clean. Ruby stayed on as overseer until 1980, when she turned over the reins to a full-time manager. Ruby died in 1983 at the age of 86, but her vision and high standards remain with us.