Where is Clay Space 1205?
Clay Space 1205 is located in the GMDC building in Greenpoint, 1205 Manhattan Avenue . Suite 241 . Brooklyn, NY 11222. Find us here.
What is Clay Space 1205?
Clay Space 1205 is a 3,000 sq. foot, fully equipped ceramic facility. Learn more here.
Do I need to have experience to join?
Yes, but you need not be a professional. You do, however, need to have enough experience and knowledge to work independently. You will gain more knowledge and experience from our members through the communal support system, with an unlimited amount of time to practice your craft, but we are not a teaching studio, so you should inquire about membership once you have at least one year of solid experience. We have an active wait list, so please fill out this form to get on line.
How does Clay Space 1205 differ from other ceramic studios? We are a somewhat unique communal studio. Since we do not have classes, our members are always the priority. Our 24 hour access allows members to come when their schedules permit, and you do not have to pack up to make way for an incoming class. You have the time and space to develop your voice in clay, and are constantly surrounded by an exciting group of fellow clay artists. The inspiration is endless and you will experience a consistent firing schedule that pushes work through on a regular basis. The collective knowledge is empowering and the networking here is dynamic. We offer several ways to exhibit work and look for new opportunities to work in collaboration with other local businesses and groups. Many members have passed through Clay Space 1205 on their way to success, utilizing our facility and it's benefits as an "incubator" for their blossoming businesses. We are thrilled to support your goals and see you grow and thrive.
Do you have openings for volunteers, work exchange, or interns?
Our membership is rich with experience, so most of our staff comes through the experience gained in the studio. We have openings from time to time and are open to a variety of skill sets that support the community's needs. If you are interested in learning more, please submit an inquiry and email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org, introduce yourself and tell us what you are interested in getting involved in. This can include studio assistantship, social media, website management, event planning and other areas not yet discovered.
What sort of clay is being used?
Our members use a wide range of clay bodies, everything from low fire earthenware up to cone 6 stoneware and porcelain. New members can purchase an all purpose white stoneware from us, but most choose to order from one of our suppliers once they figure out what clay body best serves their needs. Our group buying gives members the best prices possible.
What kind of glazes are available?
Clay Space 1205′s staff mixes glazes on site. All glazes are fired to cone 6 oxidation and most are food safe, microwave safe and generally awesome. Members often find our glazes sufficient, but others choose to mix their own special recipes or use commercial glazes.
Can I bring my own clay and glazes for use at the studio?
Yes, you are welcome to use any clay body that can fire to cone 6 or lower. It's always best to speak with us when you introduce a new clay body to the studio. We have two main suppliers that we order from and usually place group orders to meet shipping minimums, and our group orders give us the best prices for everyone! We highly recommend you test, test, test glazes before going big!
I’m worried about lead, is it in any of the materials at the studio?
Absolutely not — all of our materials are certified non-toxic and conform to ASTM D-4236.
Is there finished pottery available for sale?
Yes! Gallery 1205 has shows throughout the year, in addition to several annual open studio events. Sign up for our mailing list to learn when the next event is! Keep up with current events on our facebook page. You can see our members' work here. Many of our members have an active Instagram and website they use to promote individual sales.
What sort of kilns do you have?
We have three 7 cubic foot kilns, one 2.6 cubic foot kiln and one test kiln that fire up to cone 6, all of which are electric.
Do you do firings for artists who are not members or current students who just need a place to fire?
Occasionally, though our members have priority. Email info@clayspace1205 to inquire.