A new ceramics studio is coming to South Brooklyn!
Bklyn Clay is a new community art space opening this September featuring a gas kiln, 24/7 access for local members, and classes for every age and skill level. We’ve spent years finding the right place—on the corner of 5th Avenue and 20th Street in Brooklyn—and designing and building out the sunny, two-floor, 2500 square foot, state-of-the-art studio where we’ll offer:
- memberships that include private shelf space and 24/7 access;
- wheel-throwing and hand-building classes for adults and children;
- workshops with artists from around the world (first up are @tortuscopenhagen, Melissa Weiss, and Adam Field!);
- art therapy classes for special-needs students (starting in 2017);
- kiln firings to cones 04 and 10 (low-fire and high-fire);
- kiln rentals and speciality firings for black clay, silver clay, and lustre;
- four clay bodies (red earthenware, white stoneware, dark iron-rich stoneware, and English porcelain);
- between 25 and 35 low-fire and high-fire glazes;
- artists' gallery shows (the first will be with Dave Zackin on September 16);
- and more as we grow with our community!
We’ve got gas! (Or we will soon—with your help!)
Our cone 10 (high-fire) firings will be done in a new, custom-built Bailey Studio Deluxe front-loading gas reduction kiln. “Reducing” the amount of oxygen present during firing results in one-of-a-kind glaze effects that are sought-after by many clay workers and ceramicists—pottery made this way has a unique look that is organic, beautifully rustic, and strong enough to last for generations. Most ceramic studios only have electric kilns, and the two main community spaces in NYC doing high-fire reduction firings are in Manhattan. We want to bring gas firing to Brooklyn!
Who are we?
Bklyn Clay is being opened by Jennifer Waverek and Cor Garcia-Held, who have a combined 37 years experience in design, visual arts, art education, and art therapy. This project has been a labor of love for the past two years, and we're proud of our work and excited to see Bklyn Clay become a reality. We’ve been able to raise enough capital to cover our planning, permits, renovations, including commercial gas line, extensive HVAC and ventilation system, and three electric kilns—everything we need to get Bklyn Clay up and running for fall 2016.
Where will the money go?
All we need now to complete our vision is a gas kiln and a little help from the community—that's you! We’ve already put a down payment on our custom Bailey kiln and just need a little more to get over the finish line. All the money raised through this campaign will go directly into bringing high-fire reduction firing—and the beautifully unique work it produces—to the Brooklyn ceramics community.
(We owe a special thank you to Jim Bailey who has been endlessly patient with us as we embark on our gas kiln journey. Friends from around the country made it clear that a Bailey reduction kiln was the truly the best that money could buy. We're grateful to be working with Jim as he builds us one of his much sought-after kilns and teaches us the magic of gas.)
Rewards, rewards, rewards!
We’re offering great stuff for supporters and future members alike. We hope you’ll join us in the fall, but, even if you don’t, you can still support this community space!
- Your name in stone on one of the bricks that make up our new kiln
- The Tool Kit You Never Knew You Needed
- Exclusive 12% and 15% shrink ruler designed just for Bklyn Clay
- Discounted memberships
- Handmade ceramics
- Scholarships for kids in need
- Private lessons
- Everlasting gratitude
Risks and challenges
We’ve poured our energy into the extensive research, planning, and build-out that are making Bklyn Clay possible. This gas kiln is a luxury—and an important part of our vision!—but ultimately not a necessity, which means we are 100% on track for a fall opening regardless. There was an unforeseen water main replacement that was needed for the safe, state-of-the-art studio of our dreams, which is why we’re turning to the community for help making up the funds for the gas kiln.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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