Bob Greke, 62 in 2000, had been coming to Mud, Sweat and Tears for years when the owner asked him first to watch the store, then manage it and, finally, if he would like to buy it. Mr. Greke and the store have been witness to drug dealers and prostitutes outside when it was Hell’s Kitchen. Now, Clinton, is gentrifying and business is booming for the store.
“We have taught generations of craftspeople clay skills and have celebrated weddings and births and long friendships along the way. We are well known for our rigorous teaching skills and close attention to our students’ progress. Many of our students stay on as ‘studio potters‘, renting space from us when they have taken all our classes and wish to continue their work.
Our studio evokes a comfortable, ‘old school’ feeling and we are often sought as a film, TV and commercial location. Many of our clay pieces have been featured in advertising, films, television and Broadway productions.”
Greke teaches Beginner Wheel classes on Monday evenings. For more outrageous lessons, come on Crackpot Thursdays, when Sybil Bruncheon, a drag queen who is a longtime friend of Mr. Gereke’s, combines basic instruction with a comedy show. Friday evenings are a regular pottery social, complete with pizza and B.Y.O.B. beer and wine.People like Sandy Samberg and Lynn Leff have bonded over clay, becoming B.F.F’s.
How about an unusual date creating beautiful pottery together?