Brooklyn’s Largest Ceramics Studio Will Open In Prospect Heights This Fall


PROSPECT HEIGHTS – Greenland Forest City Partners announced on Monday that local ceramics studio, BKLYN CLAY, has signed a ten-year lease for a 5,260-square-foot space on the ground-floor of 535 Carlton Avenue.

535 Carlton (Photo: Pamela Wong/BKLYNER)

Slated to open in October, BKLYN CLAY’s new Prospect Heights location will be the largest ceramics studio in Brooklyn. The new location will offer 24/7 membership access, classes, workshops, and events for adults and children.

BKLYN CLAY owner and director, Jennifer Waverek, opened a 2,500-square-foot location at 673 5th Avenue (at 20th Street) in South Slope in September 2016.

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“We are thrilled to open our new space at 535 Carlton in the Pacific Park community, where there’s been tremendous demand for creative facilities and unique local experiences,” Waverek said in a statement. “Our membership model allows students and artists unlimited access to work with clay in a beautiful, modern space, which is easily accessible from a variety of transportation options. We look forward to opening in Pacific Park so that we can serve the entire Brooklyn community, including everyone from kids to experienced artists.”

Test tiles displaying various glazes
Test tiles displaying various glazes at BKLYN CLAY’s 673 5th Avenue location. (Photo by Pamela Wong/BKLYNER)

BKLYN CLAY’s new location already boasts a waitlist of more than 190 people for approximately 210 membership slots, according to the announcement.

“We’re proud to partner with BKLYN CLAY to open the largest ceramics studio in Brooklyn right in the heart of Pacific Park,” said Greenland USA’s Director of Development, Scott Solish, in the announcement. “As a Brooklyn-based company, we’re excited to help them expand into new neighborhoods, offering a one-of-a-kind place for people to learn, play, create and interact.”

535 Carlton, “an all-affordable building in Brooklyn’s Pacific Park neighborhood,” is part of Greenland Forest City Partners’ 22-acre Pacific Park mixed-use development. Pacific Park includes the Barclays Center as well as four completed residential buildings—535 Carlton461 Dean38 Sixth, and 550 Vanderbilt. Estimated to be completed by 2025, the overall project will include a total of 15 buildings offering 6,430 residential units and 2,250 affordable apartments. The project will also include office space, retail, community facilities, and eight-acres of public outdoor space. In January of this year, real estate investment firm Forest City announced that it had sold all but 5% of its stake in the project, formerly known as Atlantic Yards, to Greenland USA.

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