This artist studio building is located at 543 Union St. between Nevins and the Gowanus Canal, in the Gowanus/Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn. The chunky ghost signs proclaim “National Packing Box Factory” and “James H. Dykeman.”
Via the excellent Ephemeral New York, we learn that Dykeman “‘was a carpenter by trade who established himself in the box business in 1877,’ according to The Disston Crucible, a Magazine for Millmen.”
The building houses Claireware, Claire Weissberg’s functional pottery studio and showroom. Her work is great, and you can find it in Cincinnati at MiCA 12/v. “Claireware” is also our nickname for our cat, Claire Monet. Unfortunately, the showroom was closed when we stumbled onto it.