About Brooklyn Clay Industries

Brooklyn Clay is located in the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard (BNY) which is anchored between Williamsburg, Fort Green, Clinton Hill, Vinegar Hill and DUMBO… ALL current and upcoming ‘art capitals” of New York City. The B.N.Y. is undergoing a major revitalization, including a state-of-the-art design facility being renovated across the street and like the historic site where it’s located, Brooklyn Clay Industries is ready to move with the times and offer artist the same liberty that the B.N.Y. strives to offer all its tenants, “room for small entrepreneurs to start and grow at the right price.” Ceramic artist Reuben King, who has 30 years of experience as a working artist and educator, has maintained a personal pottery and ceramic studio at the historic Brooklyn Navy Yard for a decade and a half, founded this magnificent studio.


Re-envisioned as a studio/gallery space to provide affordable working space for displaced ceramic and sculpture artists. We are offering an array of (but not limited to) pottery classes and workshops on a daily basis, by member and guest artist and by Reuben King and Noel Copeland. Pottery making events, kiln firings and repairs, onetime classes. open-studio use and other services, including assorted ceramic tools & supplies.

Brooklyn Clay Industries is a place where people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to develop their full creative potential through ceramics and its many techniques and applications. Artists and interns staff the studio/gallery. Master artist educators lead all structured activities. The studio is a fully equipped space with allthe necessary tools, equipment and supplies to creatively learn and nurture their artistic abilities.

Our art gallery works three fold. It showcases original work and reproductions created by up-and-coming artist, a venue for our members to show and sell their specially selected works. Especially the pottery of Master Potter Reuben King.


The mission of Brooklyn Clay industries is to encourage people of all ages to develop their full creative potential mostly through pottery, ceramics and sculpture. BCi strives, to create a unique environment in which people with varying abilities and experience can feel free to imagine, learn, create and welcome a variety of art concepts into their lives, all under one roof. We are raising the profile of the ceramic arts, supporting the development of ceramic artists, bringing the joy of the arts to our most underserved communities. We provide a professional work environment that is rewarding, creative, and respectful of ideas and individuals. BCi is dedicated to providing an affordable, fully equipped and functioning artist studio and gallery that can be shared and appreciated by all.


We provide a number of electric potter’s wheels, slab roller, hand extruder, de-airing pug mill, clay mixer, glaze and slip mixing equipment etc. 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 10. More information available on our services page.

Brooklyn Clay industries offers a range of learning opportunities:

Brooklyn Clay Industries Associate Program is a communal studio used in part by a few individuals on a non-juried basis. By making low cost studio shelf space available to experienced individuals in the community. The program serves an important need within the community; promotes the artistic, technical and skill development of these individuals, providing a unique learning community.

The communal nature of the program provides an environment that accommodates artists at many levels of commitment and accomplishment, in which all benefit from a diversity of experience and expertise. Many Associates are serious Clay Studio students who have committed themselves to expanding their skills and developing their own artistic voices, while others maybe professional artists. And are in need of temporary affordable studio space.

Application Process

A complete application must include the following:

  • Contact information
  • Resume
  • Artist Statement: A personal statement (tell us everything you want us to know about yourself including your reasons for applying for a residency)
  • A portfolio of your work

The monthly rent is $160.00 per month with unlimited access during open studio hours.

If you are interested in becoming an associate member. For more information, please, email

Teaching Ceramic Artists interested in joining our team at Brooklyn Clay Industries, please send us some information about you, your experience and education.


Artist philosophy and personal statement (tell us everything you want us to know about yourself including your reasons for applying to the program)

A Portfolio of your Work

Please email or call to inquire and about available teaching positions and to set up interview 301-395-0143 |

Become an active member in Brooklyn Clay Industries’ community by participating in an internship. The Intern Program is geared towards ceramic enthusiasts who want to further their experience and be part of a supportive educational community. Interns perform a wide variety of functions throughout the organization and can be required to do physical labor and heavy lifting.

Interns work 10 hours per week atleast one day a week during the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer term. In exchange for this work, participants will receive a free class, access to open studio hours, and other class benefits such as shelf space, glazes and firings.

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Studio Support
  • Outreach/Education (Claymobile)
  • Gallery/Shop
  • Administration/Development

To Apply.

Please e-mail short bio and resume to For more information please contact us at 301-395-0143

Brooklyn Clay offers a limited number of work exchange assistant-ship opportunities in all areas of operation. Work 10 hours per week (at least one day a week) during the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer term. In exchange for this work, participants will receive a free class, access to open studio hours, and other class benefits such as shelf space, glazes and firings.

Students interested in applying should contact the Director at or call 301-395-0143 for more information. Please send resume and/or your areas of work interest.