Gowanus

Kid magnet: Third Avenue Clay

October 15, 2014 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
When will it be Saturday so the kids can go to their ceramics class?

Eye On Real Estate

The doyenne of Brooklyn ceramists teaches Saturday pottery classes for kids at her Gowanus art studio — and thank goodness she co-owns the place. She couldn’t afford to rent a whole building in this day and age.

“Are you kidding?” said Adrienne Yurick of Third Avenue Clay, launched in 1974 with fellow artist Geraldine Gventer.

In 1992 they bought 418 Third Ave., which they had been leasing, rather than have the owners sell it out from under them.

“The first offer we made, they said, ‘That’s not a serious offer.’ But two years later they hadn’t sold it,” Yurick told Eye on Real Estate. “We raised our offer a bit.”

After a third person who was going to join them in buying the brick industrial building dropped out of the deal, the sellers gave them a $100,000 mortgage so they could complete the purchase.

The sellers were Teresa Savino and Filomena Lanzi, city Finance Department records indicate.

The guy at the plumbing company next door, Donato Inc., asks Yurick from time to time when she’s going to sell him the building.

“’I want to make a beautiful office,’ he tells me. I say, ‘Yeah, yeah, you want to make money.’

“I’m not selling,” she said. “They’re going to have to drag me out of there.”

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