Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Glazed Expressions

Let me first say that I absolutely LOVE paint your own pottery places.  My first experience was in Pittsburgh, PA at Color Me Mine with my aunt Cindy.  I chose a tall skinny vase and painted it yellow with red and blue paint pen flowers, and to this day my mom has it on display in her hutch at home.  During college at Penn State, I paid a couple of visits to 2000 Degrees in downtown State College, making things ranging from mugs to shot glasses (of course).

My most recent visit to a paint your own pottery place was to Glazed Expressions in Chicago with my roommate Taylor.  Taylor made a vase and I opted for salt and pepper shakers (before firing and after firing pics below).



Here's how it works:  You go in and pick what piece you'd like to paint (prices range from $5 to quite expensive).  My salt and pepper shakers were $14 I believe.  On top of that, you pay a studio fee of $8 per person.  So, it is a little pricey, but it's great for a fun rainy day activity or a special treat for kids.  The person working there was very helpful, gave thorough instructions, and played a nice mix of Beatles and 90's music while we were there :)

Anyways, if you're bored or feeling creative and need something to do, check out a paint your own pottery place near you!  I completely didn't mean for that to rhyme :)

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