History

Clay Space 1205 is located in what was originally a 19th century manufacturing complex with the East River to the west and Newtown Creek to the north west, this prominent 300,000 square foot industrial space evolved over time into what is now home for small manufacturers and artisans. When Clay Space 1205 founder, Janine Sopp, was introduced to this exquisite brick building with its loft-like qualities, she caught a glimpse of what the future of Greenpoint would hold for a communal ceramic center.

In 1993, when this historic neighborhood was already brimming with artists, crafts people and designers, Janine moved her start up ceramic business to a 3,000 square foot loft space. While spending that first decade developing her own business, renovating the space and collecting equipment, she prepared the way for a small community of ceramic artists and designers to join in this venture. Since then, it has grown into a community of more than twenty members whose collective styles and knowledge is vast and wide.

Membership
Clay Space 1205 offers several levels of membership. All levels provide 24 hour access to the space, along with use of wheels, slabroller, extruder, tile press, spray booth, kilns, molds, studio glazes, wifi, full kitchen and gallery access.
Members enjoy the benefits of insider firing fees, communal ordering of supplies, inclusion in our website, open studio and holiday shows and all other opportunities produced by Clay Space 1205.

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Work Exchange Assistantship and Internships
Clay Space 1205 offers a limited number of work exchange assistantships opportunities in all areas of operation. Students interested in applying should contact the Director at info@clayspace1205.com or call 718.383.5400 for more information. Please send resume and/or your areas of interest as to where you would like to work within Clay Space 1205.

We work with both high schools and colleges to provide enriching internship experiences. Each internship is tailored to meet the needs of the particular school and intern and can be adjusted in length and number of hours per week. Interns will learn how to operate a ceramic studio with hands on experience and exposure to working artists. If you are an individual or a school looking to form an internship situation, please contact us at info@clayspace1205.com.

Equipment and Services
We provide a number of electric potter’s wheels, slab roller, extruder, spray booth, tile press and glaze mixing area. Our members span the range of knowledge with expertise in areas of wheel throwing, hand building, sculpting, mold making, slip casting and glaze mixing. They offer guidance in the area of marketing as well as other technical questions. We encourage interaction and offer seminars and workshops on subjects related to these topics. One-on-one lessons are available upon request. Also available are custom orders of all kinds. Visit our Members page for a look at the variety of work created and produced on the premise by Clay Space 1205 members. Call or email with your specific needs.

Kilns and firings
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 6.