Glyph Designs and Clay Space 1205 are 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, Glyph Designs, to a 3,000 square foot loft space within the GMDC complex. While spending that first decade developing her own business, renovating the space and investing in equipment, she prepared the way for a small community of ceramic artists and designers to join in this venture. Since then, it has grown and evolved into a vibrant and supportive community whose collective creativity and knowledge is vast and wide. It is truly a model of collaboration and innovation for 21st Century entrepreneurs working in clay.