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The mission of Brooklyn Clay industries is to encourage people of all ages to develop their full creative potential mostly through pottery, ceramics and sculpture. Brooklyn Clay strives, to create a unique environment in which people with varying abilities, and experience can feel free to imagine, learn, create, and welcome a variety of art concepts into their lives, all under one roof. We are raising the profile of the ceramic arts, supporting the development of ceramic artists, bringing the joy of the arts to our most underserved communities. We provide a professional work environment that is rewarding, creative, and respectful of ideas and individuals. Brooklyn Clay is dedicated to providing an affordable, fully equipped and functioning artist studio and gallery that can be shared and appreciated by all.
Brooklyn Clay is located in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY) which is anchored between Williamsburg, Fort Green, Clinton Hill, Vinegar Hill and DUMBO…..ALL current and upcoming ‘art capitals” of New York City. The B.N.Y. is undergoing a major revitalization, including a state of the art design facility being renovated across the street and like the historic site where it’s located, Brooklyn Clay Industries is ready to move with the times and offer artist the same liberty that the B.N.Y. strives to offer all its tenants, “room for small entrepreneurs to start and grow at the right price.” Ceramic artist Reuben King, who has 30 years of experience as a working artist and educator, has maintained a personal pottery and ceramic studio at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard for a decade and a half, founded this magnificent studio.
SERVICING THE BROADER COMMUNITY
Re-envisioned as a studio/gallery space to provide affordable
working space on a membership basis to displaced ceramic and sculpture artists. We are offering an array of paid (but not limited to) ceramics classes and workshops on a daily basis by member and guest artist and by Reuben King and Noel Copeland. Pottery painting events, kiln firings and repairs, pottery restoration, a weekly date and open studio evening and other services, including limited affordable ceramic supplies are also offered.
Brooklyn Clay Industries is a place where people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop their full creative potential through ceramics and its many techniques and applications. Artists and interns staff the studio/gallery. Master artist educators lead all structured activities. Brooklyn Clay offers an art experience to people of all ages and abilities, that will increase awareness of the arts; create an audience for the arts; which cannot be duplicated due to its holistic approach to developing artist and students simultaneously. The studio accommodates six member artists, whom are able to privately store and lock their personal effects. The studio is a fully equipped space with all the necessary tools, equipment and supplies to creatively learn and nurture their artistic abilities.
Our art gallery works three fold. It showcases original work and reproductions created by up-and-coming artist, a venue for our members to show and sell their specially selected works, and can be rented short term for photo shoots and presentations. Our facility also houses a reference and instructional library that contains high quality books/magazines about art, artists, their lives and work, mostly clay related. Our Brooklyn Clay Supply Shop sells affordable new and used high-quality clay and sculpture supplies through display and digital catalog.
EQUIPMENT & SERVICES
We provide a number of electric potter’s wheels, slab roller, hand extruder, de-airing pug mill, clay mixer, glaze and slip mixing equipment etc. Firing services are offered to non-members who are interested in renting a kiln or by the shelf. We offer a number of sizes of kilns and can accommodate firings from cone 018 to cone 10.
WORK EXCHANGE ASSISTANSHIPS
Brooklyn Clay offers a limited number of work exchange assistantship opportunities in all areas of operation. Students interested in applying should contact the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-395-0143 for more information. Please send resume and/or your areas of work interest.
Develop your full creative potential, learn and create through ceramic classes, pottery, clay workshop and sculpture in a unique environment near Williamsburg