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Pottery painting fun!

Last Friday, I received a text from my sister-in-law Jenna asking if I wanted to go pottery painting with them. Never mind that I am not creative in the painting department, I knew it would be fun and of course I said yes. That plan turned into a girls’ day on Sunday for myself, Jenna, and Autumn. What a fun afternoon it was.

We met for lunch at Panera Bread and then headed over to the pottery studio just before they opened. We actually went to their old location, but fortunately they had just moved up the road. It was a good thing we arrived for their opening at 1pm because they filled up fast.

Jenna had done pottery painting before, out in Seattle, and she assumed this studio would be similar. It’s a pretty neat concept. You pick out your pottery from a large assortment of mugs, dishes, figurines, ornaments, and more. Jenna and I both share a love for owls and picked the same owl mug. This isn’t surprising, of course, since Jenna and I are so alike.




Autumn picked a dog figurine, also not surprising because she loves dogs so much. Before it was even painted, she knew she would name it Spot!

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After you pick your pottery, you select your colors from the samples on the wall. You can select as many colors as you want and you ask for them as you need them. They actually have examples of what one coat, two coats, and three coats will look like and they recommend three coats for a nice, vibrant look.





Even though Jenna and I picked the same owl mug, we both chose very different colors. I chose darker colors and she chose lighter colors. Jenna is amazingly artistic so I knew my owl would be nothing like hers. However, I was pretty proud of myself and the painting skills I didn’t even I know I had. We were there for almost 4 hours and the time just flew by. It was so relaxing and we got to chit chat and Autumn kept us entertained as well. Autumn takes after her mom and is artistic as well. She knew exactly what she wanted and ended up doing not only the dog, but two smaller pieces. She finished before us and was so patient and good while we finished up.


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When we were all done, we put our initials on the bottom of our pieces and left them on the cart in the back. They will glaze them and call us when ready. I cannot wait to see how they come out.



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My owl is the one with brown, blue, and red. Jenna’s is the lighter one. I love how she did the eyes! And isn’t Spot the puppy adorable? Autumn did a great job.

It was such a fun time and we will definitely do it again!


Have you done pottery painting before? Did you enjoy it?


  1. LOVE projects like this. If you follow my twitter feed or instagram you know that I have these art nights all the time where we do canvas, wood, ceramic (and more) projects while we chat, have some wine, and catch up. Funny enough the article at The Indie Chicks today is about creating art together as a bonding experience. We are all so in tune. haha.

    I CANNOT wait for the finished photos! 😀
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    1. Thanks, girl! It was so much fun! I will definitely post pictures when I get it back. :)

  2. So cute! Spot is adorable!

    We have a pottery painting place like this by us. We go when A needs to make gifts for family members around the holidays. I would love to go for a girls’ night and do my own piece of pottery. I love how some of the platters and serving pieces come out.

    1. It would be really fun to do pottery for the holidays. Great idea!

  3. I clicked through to this post because I saw owls, and I can’t help myself. :) I’ve only ever painted pottery in school (a long time ago) but this looks like so much fun, I may have to find a place in town to try it out. All three pieces look awesome – you ladies did a great job!
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    1. Thanks! Yep, the owl caught my eye too. He’s so cute!

  4. jan

    Wow, your mugs look great!! We used to do pottery all the time but I’d kind of forgotten about it. We need to try it again I think!
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    1. It was a great activity for a hot afternoon. I can’t wait to see how my mug looks after it’s glazed.

  5. That looks like so much fun!!! I so want to do that!!! Your mug looks awesome!!!
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    1. Thank you Mindy! It was too much fun.

  6. They look great pottery painting is a great past time
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    1. Thanks Joanne!

  7. Pottery painting is one of those things I did as a child but have since almost forgotten completely about! I always loved to do it. Maybe I should take it up again with my kids? You look like you had fun! :)
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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elle! It was so much fun, very relaxing. I will definitely do it again.

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