Mugi Studio

★★★★☆
  • 993 Amsterdam Ave Ste 1

    New York, NY 10025

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  • 212-866-6202

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I signed up for the couples night over the phone, making plans weeks in advance to have a nice valentine's day pottery class with my boyfriend. I was called at 5:31PM on the day of my pottery class by one of the employees and informed that

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I signed up for the couples night over the phone, making plans weeks in advance to have a nice valentine's day pottery class with my boyfriend. I was called at 5:31PM on the day of my pottery class by one of the employees and informed that

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The information provided about the "Couples Night" is completely misleading. What they don't tell you is that you are only allowed to make slab or coil forms -- the same building techniques third graders use in art class. Even though every picture on the website shows either people throwing on the wheel or completed projects that were thrown on the wheel, as a customer, you don't get to go near one.

I've taken advanced pottery classes in the past, so, as a part of my Christmas gift, my girlfriend signed us up for one of the Couples Nights thinking that I would enjoy working on the wheel and teaching her. We were both incredibly disappointed to learn that we had been misled. Despite the fact that the site doesn't explain what couples can and cannot make and that this was a Christmas presents, no refund was offered when we tried to cancel.

I really, really wish we could have save our money and disappointment.

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★☆☆☆☆

The information provided about the "Couples Night" is completely misleading. What they don't tell you is that you are only allowed to make slab or coil forms -- the same building techniques third graders use in art class. Even though every picture on the website shows either people throwing on the wheel or completed projects that were thrown on the wheel, as a customer, you don't get to go near one.

I've taken advanced pottery classes in the past, so, as a part of my Christmas gift, my girlfriend signed us up for one of the Couples Nights thinking that I would enjoy working on the wheel and teaching her. We were both incredibly disappointed to learn that we had been misled. Despite the fact that the site doesn't explain what couples can and cannot make and that this was a Christmas presents, no refund was offered when we tried to cancel.

I really, really wish we could have save our money and disappointment.

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On a block filled with dark pubs and dingy storefronts, Mugi Pottery dazzles you with its warm golden hues- you can't help but be drawn inside. As you step into Mugi, you are immediately bathed in a dazzling array of awe-inspiring pottery pieces. The sheer quality of what surrounds you instantly lends credibility to the instructors who will be more than happy to help you choose a class session. No experience? No problem. I went into Mugi with no more than a dim memory of a middle school art class to guide me. Did I do well my first day of class? Certainly not! But Outi, my amazing instructor, instantly put me at ease with her own story of how she didn't "take" to pottery immediately herself. One only has to look at Outi's work to see how incredible she is at her craft, which certainly inspires you to be open-minded about your own capabilities. One year later, and I have made countless bowls, plates, cups, pitchers and vases. Do I still have lots to learn? Yes! The great thing about pottery is that your capability to learn new things is endless. Many people tell me that after 30 years of experience, you will still "learn" new techniques and come up with new ideas. Even better, Mugi's small class sizes expose you to people of all skill levels, so you tend to learn not just from your instructor, but also from each other. This can be a 2 month whim or a lifelong hobby...the choice is yours, but it's going to be an amazing experience, regardless. Mugi, to me, is my oasis from my commitments and stress. For 2 hours every week, I can step out of my world and just play with clay! Even better, Mugi is an incredible deal, with all instruments and clay included in the cost of the session--as well as many "open studio hours" that you can seriously take advantage of. And if classes don't seem appealing to you, you should consider it for a great gift for someone you love...or take a peek at all the beautiful pieces that are for sale...also a great gift idea!

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★★★★★

On a block filled with dark pubs and dingy storefronts, Mugi Pottery dazzles you with its warm golden hues- you can't help but be drawn inside. As you step into Mugi, you are immediately bathed in a dazzling array of awe-inspiring pottery pieces. The sheer quality of what surrounds you instantly lends credibility to the instructors who will be more than happy to help you choose a class session. No experience? No problem. I went into Mugi with no more than a dim memory of a middle school art class to guide me. Did I do well my first day of class? Certainly not! But Outi, my amazing instructor, instantly put me at ease with her own story of how she didn't "take" to pottery immediately herself. One only has to look at Outi's work to see how incredible she is at her craft, which certainly inspires you to be open-minded about your own capabilities. One year later, and I have made countless bowls, plates, cups, pitchers and vases. Do I still have lots to learn? Yes! The great thing about pottery is that your capability to learn new things is endless. Many people tell me that after 30 years of experience, you will still "learn" new techniques and come up with new ideas. Even better, Mugi's small class sizes expose you to people of all skill levels, so you tend to learn not just from your instructor, but also from each other. This can be a 2 month whim or a lifelong hobby...the choice is yours, but it's going to be an amazing experience, regardless. Mugi, to me, is my oasis from my commitments and stress. For 2 hours every week, I can step out of my world and just play with clay! Even better, Mugi is an incredible deal, with all instruments and clay included in the cost of the session--as well as many "open studio hours" that you can seriously take advantage of. And if classes don't seem appealing to you, you should consider it for a great gift for someone you love...or take a peek at all the beautiful pieces that are for sale...also a great gift idea!

Pros: stress-reliver, affordable, creative, fun, friendly, small class sizes

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I signed up to take a summer pottery class, and boy was I glad I did. The clay, glazes, and use of tools are included in the price, so every Wednesday night (the night of my class) I just showed up, turned my ringer off, put on a apron, and sank my fingers into clay. The instructors were so helpful and worked at your pace - be you beginner or pro. The classes sizes area small, and a lot of regulars are there, who are also very friendly.

After class, as you walk out of the studio, watch out for the $5 and $20 bins! So tempting. By chance, I did find a beautiful tall vase in the $20 bin. It had a sliver of a split in the bottom. But that was ok, since I could put dried flowers in it. Oh, and not only the deal bins, but as you walk out, you are walking out of the gallery space, so you get to admire everyone's pieces from sake sets to dinner plates. Truly a wonderful place.

It's in the Upper West Side on Amsterdam between W. 108 and W. 109.

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I signed up to take a summer pottery class, and boy was I glad I did. The clay, glazes, and use of tools are included in the price, so every Wednesday night (the night of my class) I just showed up, turned my ringer off, put on a apron, and sank my fingers into clay. The instructors were so helpful and worked at your pace - be you beginner or pro. The classes sizes area small, and a lot of regulars are there, who are also very friendly.

After class, as you walk out of the studio, watch out for the $5 and $20 bins! So tempting. By chance, I did find a beautiful tall vase in the $20 bin. It had a sliver of a split in the bottom. But that was ok, since I could put dried flowers in it. Oh, and not only the deal bins, but as you walk out, you are walking out of the gallery space, so you get to admire everyone's pieces from sake sets to dinner plates. Truly a wonderful place.

It's in the Upper West Side on Amsterdam between W. 108 and W. 109.

Pros: atmosphere, friendly, wide selection of pottery, good colors, small class sizes

 

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