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Mud Pit

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228 Manhattan Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
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(718) 218-9424
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I've been taking wheel-throwing classes at the Mud Pit for over 2 years and I highly recommend it to anyone who's interested in learning this craft I've learned so much. The ins...

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I also had a negative experience here with Cindy and Mark. At first they seemed to be my new best friends and elicited a lot of sympathy with their financial+health issues. So i...

very bad experience 10/6/2009

I also had a negative experience here with Cindy and Mark. At first they seemed to be my new best friends and elicited a lot of sympathy with their financial+health issues. So initially I overlooked many days when I arrived at the studio to find it closed when it should be open, the dirty bathroom and smelly litter boxes from the 5+ cats that were running around the studio at that time. There was even a day I had to go out to where they were at the Union Sq holiday market to get the studio key and bring it back to open up the studio because they were too busy to bother. The two owners were often arguing and the environment was very contentious between them as well as with their very lifeblood- their students and renters. The issue that caused the main rift was that I paid the firing fees upfront (per their policy) which included both bisque and glaze firings. After the bisque firing Cindy decided that she "wasn't making enough money" on me and she refused to glaze-fire my work unless I pay $30 more for the glaze firing (I had already paid this fee previously so she was in essence double-billing me). I ended up having my credit card company dispute the charges but the letter that Cindy penned was all lies. The final straw was that I eventually paid extra fees for firing a slab box and since they are firing kilns only as they can fill them, I had already left the studio as a renter but kept calling week after week to check if it had been fired. Finally after a month, I was told it was done so i went in to pick it up. I arrive and Cindy was completely unapologetic about the fact that the piece had NOT been fired and it was broken into about 10 pieces. For this to occur I believe it was deliberately broken and they of course would not reimburse any firing fees. They seem like ernest and nice people but I had the unfortunate experience of seeing a very negative side. I know there are positive reviews but during the few months I was there I saw many others that had problems like mine. Obviously some will be just fine here but just be forewarned. Pros: (at first) it seems well run and friendly Cons: deceptive and money grubbing more

Great place to learn ceramics 9/27/2009

I've been taking wheel-throwing classes at the Mud Pit for over 2 years and I highly recommend it to anyone who's interested in learning this craft I've learned so much. The instructors are definitely open to student questions and helping students work on the projects that interest them most. I've also really enjoyed meeting other students-- the atmosphere in the studio is friendly, not competitive. Open studio hours are also free, which is great, since practice is such an important part of learning ceramics. Pros: Friendly and patient teachers, convenient location, value. more

Great School with relaxed atmosphere 9/20/2009

Great School with relaxed atmosphere The place offers so much. First of all, the instructors are so knowledgeable, and never hesitate to offer so many useful technique per each person's need, and share her wisdom on working on the cray so long. Not only the technique, she shares very critical point of working in the cray studio. i.e. how to keep place clean for the people's health, respecting the materials and tools that are used, and to respect the seasonal conditions. Place is owned by a couple who is always relaxed, funny, and helpful. more

bad experience 8/3/2009

I had a good impression of this place for the first several weeks I went to the Mud Pit. Cindy is a helpful teacher, there are plenty of wheels and enough space, the materials are good, and the price is reasonable. Unfortunately, the owners often conduct themselves unprofessionally. The store isn't reliably open during stated hours, the owners smoke in the studio, and they keep a bedroom adjacent to the studio. I often had to wear headphones to avoid overhearing their arguments. The owners seem overworked, and I suspect their margins are pretty tight. Unfortunately, their anxiety clouds the atmosphere of the studio. As a result, students come away feeling like the owners care more about getting their money than building an enjoyable studio community. Cons: unprofessional owners more

seems like a nice place at first but its NOT 7/21/2009

They take your money allright, but they never fire anything on-time, and if they dont like you they will trhough your pottery away. they have a million cats there, it smells, its dirty, they smoke everywhere, and are unprofessional. Cons: they lie and never fire things on-time more

great place for classes 8/5/2003

This is a great place to take all kinds of classes, including pottery throwing, mosaics, mold making, tile making, etc. The classes are taught by the owners who are always on-hand to help. Every class comes with open studio time in addition to materials (not including tools that you have to buy). You can also rent studio time by the hour or the month. Pros: long hours more
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