Wednesday, December 5, 2012


It's time for holiday shopping, and that means it's time for Clay Space 1205's annual holiday sale!  Visit Clay Space 1205 to find beautiful, unique, hand crafted gifts that your loved ones will truly treasure.  Join 20 Clay Space 1205 members and invited artists who are part of a city wide open studios, NYC CLAY FEST 2012! DECEMBER 7th 5pm-9pm, opening reception - DECEMBER 8th 11am-7pm -DECEMBER 9th 12pm-5pm - At Clay Space 1205

Jennifer Fiore 
 Ulrika Stromback
Signe Yberg
Maxine Krasnow
 Nina Lalli
Jhanna Kosicki
Janine Sopp
Kim Gilmour
Ben Howort
Min Kyoung Choi
Yoshimi Tanaka
Sabina Hahn

Jana Flynn  
Andrea Miranda Salas 


Ines Sun

There's more then just shopping going on at Clay Space 1205! We are honored to have so Visiting Artists 

Mary Clerkin Higgins
Noa Bornstein
Michiko Shimada
Akihiko Izukura from Kyoto

 Johanna Flores

Ming Yuen-Scha

Who will be transforming the Clay Space lounge into a Mobile Tea Garden,  a tranquil experience that is possibly just what you need to reset, relax, and feast your senses before going back out  into pre-holiday madness.

ALSO!  Check out Landscape Story, the current exhibition in the Clay Space Gallery, there will be a closing show reception Friday December 7th from 5pm-9pm. Featuring the work of Christine Gedeon, Mitsutaka Konagi, and Ulrika Strömbäck

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


CRAFTING THE LANDSCAPE: Multimedia group show Landscape Story blurs line between craft and fine art.

Opening: October 26, 6-9pm and by appointment
Location: 1205 Manhattan Avenue, Suite 241, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Contact: Janine Sopp

Opening October 26, Gallery 1205 will feature Christine Gedeon, Mitsutaka Konagi, and Ulrika Strömbäck in a show exploring themes of topography, Konagi, and Ulrika Strömbäck in a show exploring themes of topography, repetition, urban environments and constructed worlds.  The artists each use materials and techniques traditionally associated with the craft movement but the work moves freely in and out of such distinctions.  

Working with a limited palette and an improvisational process, Christine Gedeon’s pieces are inspired by aerial-view landscape drawings and maps.From this inspiration she invents plots and spaces and plays on abstraction of something usually designed for precision and specificity.
Mitsutaka Konagi’s process in clay is refined and methodical.  With an incredible attention to detail Mitsutaka creates miniature building blocks.  Individually crafted, they are assembled on both horizontal and vertical surfaces to create a plane of texture defined not only by the pieces themselves, but the shadows they create.

The mixed media sculptures created by Ulrika Strömbäck are investigations of movement and gravity.  Chance, accidents and randomness are given room to act within structured systems, simultaneously ruining some constructions and creating situations for new ones to grow.  While her forms hint at traditional vessels they have been reconstructed to become something far more elusive.

Landscape Story presents three artists simultaneously working in the craft tradition while moving to blur the lines of such distinctions.  With no slight to traditional artisans, Gedeon, Konagi, and Strömbäck take a playful wink at the past while stepping confidently to a future wondrous and unknown.

Gallery 1205 is the showroom of Clayspace 1205, a 3,000 square foot ceramic
facility located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.  Currently serving over 20
Clayspace1205 is devoted to fostering a communal environment for artists to
share their creative and technical expertise.  To see a full range of current and
former members’ work please visit  

Thursday, September 13, 2012



at “Locating The Sacred” Festival Friday, September 14, 2012 | 12-8pm

Tenri Cultural Institute
43 West 13th Street #A
New York, NY 10011


(212) 645-2800 |

The concept of the Mobile Tea Garden is to transform the viewers’ state of mind through the mys- terious power of tea in an artful setting. All participant artists share the same vision and generously contribute their talent and time to make an indoor tea garden, based on the principle of Wu-Xing (fire, wood, water, metal, earth).

Our creative theme is “Being Wild Is Living A Natural State.”

I have collaborated with seven artists to create an overgrown wild garden for you to experience the moment of tea. The installation includes:

Large-scale naturally dyed silk textiles by Kyoto Textile Master Akihiko IzukuraAn 8 paneled-screen of contemporary Chinese brush painting by the Hong Kong based artist Simon YungVibrant 3D ceramic installations for the ground by Janine SoppA sound installation, “Aquatic Chandelier”, by Taunya van der Steen-MizelVideo Art by awarding-winning documentary director, Heather GreerA tidal movement piece with shakuhachi music, Listening To The Body Fluid, by Jayoung Yoon and Zachary Sinner

Lastly, our wonderful Tea Volunteer Team will harmonize the art and serve you a generous cup of tea.At the Mobile Tea Garden we engage all your five senses and together tell a story of “A Cup of tea; a cup of humanity”
There will be a pop-up shop to feature 50 pieces of handmade silk wearable art from Kyoto, exquisite loose tea from China, Taiwan and Japan, paintings and ceramics from the participating artists. If you were the patrons of Wild Lily Tea Room in Chelsea, please come to visit and shop to support our vi- sion to serve free tea to all people alike.


Sunday, September 2, 2012


GO Brooklyn! Septemeber 8/9 OPEN STUDIOS!!!
Come check out the 11 incredibly gifted, and hard working artists that have been working out of Clayspace1205 and will be participating in GO Brooklyn! Check out their websites to get a taste of what they've been up to, and then on Septemeber 8 and 9 stop by the studio to get the full experience! These works are beautiful in the photos, but when you see them before you in all of their dementions it becomes a true experience. Hope to see you all there!

During GO, Brooklyn-based artists are asked to open their studios to the community on September 8–9, 2012, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Brooklyn Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012.





                                 Artist Statement
My works got inspired by natural shapes. Please image what they are ^.^//



Jessica Douglas

            Artist Statement

I like playing with balance, pushing limits and figuring out how much is too much.

Ben Howort
 Artist Statement

Ceramic artist Ben Howort creates forms and patterns,
which reflect duality, paradox, and the ambiguity found in urban landscapes. As a native New Yorker, Howort is inspired by the quiet beauty of nature fighting for its place in the city. Beautifully asymmetrical, his vessels are balanced by patterns, which both collide and co-exist in the same breath.

Jessica Cohen
                        Artist Statement
In making ceramic figurative work I meditate on the challenge of pushing forward through times of struggle. I depict vulnerable moments, where figures are caught reflecting on their current predicaments. They often seem to be absorbed in a pained melancholy, carrying the weight of their pasts and struggling with the reality of their present. As I sculpt I often imagine a narrative of the make-believe lives of my clay beings and this influences the sculptural decisions that I make.

Janine Sopp
                     Artist Statement
Janine Sopp spent the first seven years of her career designing clothing and textiles, then traveled across Europe and Morocco where she uncovered her deeper artistic desire of molding clay, a responsive medium that indulges her passion for texture and color.
Slabs of clay begin the dialog. She draws, stamps and marks with textures and patterns creating a journey of discovery, on molded forms or flat surfaces with markings like a map. Sopp paints layers of color revealing a dance between shapes and images. Then, a dark pigment wash, satin finish and sometimes embedded glass give added dimension to each piece.

galazzo GLASS sopp CERAMIC
                               Artist Statement
galazzo GLASS sopp CERAMIC is the innovative design team of glass artist, Barbara Galazzo and ceramic artist, Janine Sopp. Their collaboration gives them the ability to explore and express in their principle medium while expanding themselves into infinite, creative possibilities. They push the boundaries of their materials in order to intertwine their vision and connection.They integrate colorful, fused glass with rich, textural clay, incorporating such opposites as opaque vs. transparent, surface texture vs. glassy smoothness and neutral vs. color, melding ceramic and glass mediums into one cohesive sculptural creation.


 Rachel Farmer

Artist Statement
I make hand-built ceramic pioneers and take them on journeys. I'll be out along the historic Mormon Pioneer Trail in Wyoming this August and will have brand new photos and videos to share. I like to think of my miniature pioneers as ancestor spirits or ghosts, but I can pick them up and play with them. If you visit, you can play with some of them too. You will also get to see a bustling communal clay studio, experience gorgeous waterfront views, and you can grab some ice cream at the neighboring Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.

Ulrika Strömbäck

                           Artist Statement
I am investigating the role of gestures, movement and gravity in building of a form. Chance, accidents and randomness are given room to act within a structured system or choreographed event. Fragility, deformation, collapsing and rebuilding are recurring themes.
Image 4-6, is of a piece made for a show at a New York public Library. The wood carving was inspired by cuneiform writing while the print made from it resembles computer generated coding. plaster casts are placed as 'books' on the wood carving and print that serves as 'shelf'.

Sabina Hahn
                                                                          Artist Statement
My work is meticulously hand built using traditional ceramic techniques. Each piece is shaped, carved out and then refined before adding textures, fine details and colorwork.
I work mostly in porcelain that has the smoothness, malleability and strength that speaks to me like no other medium.
In my work I combine magical, natural and whimsical. My inspiration comes from many and varied sources: nature, contemporary culture, fairy-tales and myths. I strive to capture subtly fleeing expressions and the most elusive of gestures. In many ways, these small gestures are more intense and truthful than the grandiose ones we deliberately offer.

Kim Gilmour

            Artist Statement
My work explores the delicate yet durable forms found in nature. My current work draws inspiration from the ocean, in particular the unique and singular imperfections found in seashells. To capture the variety of forms, I work with several different types of clay, ultimately letting the feel of the clay dictate the shape, so that no two pieces are ever exactly alike. The viewer is invited to consider the pieces collectively as a landscape or interact with each piece up-close and individually, turning it in their hands and feeling the rough edges as one might a seashell.

Mitsutaka Konagi
                                        Artist Statement
Mitsutaka Konagi is an artist who mainly does sculpting using clay and other materials. His particular interests are in the shadows objects create when set against light, and in the positional relation between objects.
One of his current projects is based on the concept of "assembly". He is making many small pieces that have the same basic shape and approximate size but at the same time differ from one another. These pieces are assembled to compose one body.