In the world we live in now, there’s always a new fad—something that captures our attention, something we delve into. It can be as small as a Fidget Spinner, or remember those skateboards that could do tricks with just your fingers?
Currently, there is a new trend. No, it doesn’t involve rubber bands that form into shapes.
It’s pottery. You can get your hands messy molding clay and creating sculptures right here in Brooklyn. We compiled a small list of the best pottery studios in the city (in no particular order, of course). Register for classes on their websites!
Aside from looking aesthetically pleasing, this famous studio has a gas kiln, a small chamber that is used to harden and dry the ceramic. And it is was the first in Brooklyn to do so. This studio offers multiple types of classes throughout the seasons, including classes from wheel-throwing, hand- building, and Mixed Discipline (which combines them all together). And if you have kids, there are classes for them too. That way, nobody will feel left out! Right now, you can sign up for summer classes, or enroll your kids in the BKLYN Clay summer camp—or both! To register, check out their website.
Though the classes may be a bit on the expensive side, people seem to think it’s totally worth it!
— Carolina Rubio MacW (@carustol) May 17, 2017
This studio (and art gallery) is based in Williamsburg. It is equipped with 23 electric wheels, a kick wheel, hand building tables, two extruders, two slab rollers, a glazing spray booth, and a drying closet. The studio also has a garden (a beautiful one) which includes 8 electric wheels, a quick wheel, and hand-building tables so people can create beautiful pottery under the sun. It’s quite popular among residents, as it also gives options for classes for kids.
You can check out the schedule and prices here.
— D. Kearney Sparano (@SparanoArts) February 27, 2016
This nonprofit small studio offers many ceramic-related things such as: hand building, wheel throwing, glazing, plaster mold making and slip casting. It also has another location (384 Waverly Avenue) where children are able to “strengthen their critical-thinking abilities,” and learn to mold as well as paint, weave, and sew.
— Christina Scotti (@christinascotti) February 12, 2017
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If you’re on a budget, then this cute studio is for you! For the small price of $45, you can both hand-build your clay and paint it. For $65, you can throw in a throwing lesson (see what we did there?) And on Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm, you can create beautiful mosaics using glass (and snacks are provided) all for $40. Have children? There’s fun for them too!
This simple studio has a very simple message: developing the self-exploration and self-esteem of people of all ages. It offers classes for beginners and for those who are experts. They have a gallery, glazes, clay, 12 electric wheels, clay extruders, a backyard, and electric kilns.