Mud Pit

★★★☆☆
  • 228 Manhattan Ave

    Brooklyn, NY 11206

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  • 718-218-9424

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I had a bad experience as well. I am a potter for over 30 years. My regular studio is a bit far, so I decided to try one in Brooklyn where I live. Plus I was getting ready for an exhibition I was hoping to have another option for firing. These people seemed like a good choice at first. As time went on, I realized that I had made a mistake but already had invested my money and paid for pieces to be fired. Some of my work got broken by someone (never identified). No compensation was given. I gave them the pieces far in advance so that they had enough time to fire them for the date of my show. As the date got closer and closer I became concerned that it was not going to happen....and it did not. They offered no apology, no compensation, and in fact were very nasty and insulting. I ended up just going and getting my pieces and never looking back. Needless to say, my collection of pieces for the show was incomplete. I was very angry and felt that I had no one to complain to. So here I am today, seven years later, and I am looking for someplace to buy some underglaze pencils. In a search for pottery supplies in Brooklyn, Mud Pits name came up and I see these other disgruntled customers. So I thought, well here are some people who will appreciate my pai, still stinging after seven years.....that place is indeed a "mud pit"!

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★☆☆☆☆

I had a bad experience as well. I am a potter for over 30 years. My regular studio is a bit far, so I decided to try one in Brooklyn where I live. Plus I was getting ready for an exhibition I was hoping to have another option for firing. These people seemed like a good choice at first. As time went on, I realized that I had made a mistake but already had invested my money and paid for pieces to be fired. Some of my work got broken by someone (never identified). No compensation was given. I gave them the pieces far in advance so that they had enough time to fire them for the date of my show. As the date got closer and closer I became concerned that it was not going to happen....and it did not. They offered no apology, no compensation, and in fact were very nasty and insulting. I ended up just going and getting my pieces and never looking back. Needless to say, my collection of pieces for the show was incomplete. I was very angry and felt that I had no one to complain to. So here I am today, seven years later, and I am looking for someplace to buy some underglaze pencils. In a search for pottery supplies in Brooklyn, Mud Pits name came up and I see these other disgruntled customers. So I thought, well here are some people who will appreciate my pai, still stinging after seven years.....that place is indeed a "mud pit"!

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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 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.

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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 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

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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.

2
★★★★★

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.

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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.

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★☆☆☆☆

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

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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.

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★★★★★

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

 

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