As more and more people come in and experience the fun of painting pottery and fusing glass, we hear lots of different questions. Here are some that top the list that you may have thought of yourself. If you have any others, please feel free to call, write or stop on by!
Do I have to be an artist to paint pottery?
Not at all! We have simple techniques and tools to allow you to create whatever you wish easily. We can show you examples and techniques to follow so that you can create your own masterpiece.
What does it cost to paint a project?
Our prices are as marked on the shelf (plus tax) and vary from $15 up to $100 for a large items! We do not have hourly studio fees so that you do not feel rushed through your project and we do not limit you on colors.
How old do you have to be?
All ages are welcome! Some of the best work comes from the little ones that can barely hold a paint brush. For glass projects we ask that you are old enough to know that glass is sharp and that even though some of the frit looks like sugar, you should not put it in your mouth!
Do I need an appointment or reservation?
No, not at all. Walk in anytime during our regular hours. If you have more than 4 people it may be a good idea to reserve a table, so just call ahead. Reservations are required to book the party area and are recommended for our events (adult night night, family night…). Note that last seating to start a project is one hour before we close.
What if I don’t finish my piece – can I come back later to complete it?
Yes you can, but we will wrap up your unfinished project so you can take it home with you and then bring it back at your convenience for no extra fee.
Are the pieces food safe?
Yes! All of our colors are non-toxic. After you paint your project each ceramic piece is dipped in a clear non-toxic overglaze that consists of fine suspended glass that encases and fuses around your piece, which is all food safe. We only use non-toxic glass as well.
Can I put my mugs, dishes, serving pieces… in the dishwasher/microwave?
The manufacturer says “no” – to make them last a lifetime, hand wash and treat them like fine china. That said, we throw ours in the top rack of the dishwasher and heat them in the microwave and they have lasted for years. Be warned though, if you chip the piece, water can enter the bisque and this could make it less sanitary and eventually break. The glass projects are… glass, so yes to those as well.
How long does it take to get my painted piece back?
The process is somewhat time consuming as we let your painted piece dry completely overnight, then dip it in the clear overglaze and let it dry another 24 hours. When we have enough pieces to fill the kiln, we load it and they are in there for up to 36 hours. We unload the kiln and finish off the pieces. We say “about a week” but we will give you an exact date on the day you complete your project.
Will you fire a piece of pottery that I got/made somewhere else?
No. We coordinate our kiln programs to our bisque and glazes. By bringing in an outside piece to fire, we don’t know the specifics of the pottery, glaze or how it was made. If it happens to blow up in the kiln it would ruin other customer pieces, so we don’t take the chance.
How long does it take to do a project?
It depends on how much time and detail you put into it. Anywhere from a half hour for a less detailed piece to a few hours to complete a large project with a lot of elements.
Will you repair a ceramic piece that I have?
No. We are a do-it-yourself contemporary ceramic studio and do not perform repairs. We would recommend E6000 glue for most repairs – it is a thick, rubber cement type adhesive that bonds ceramics.
Do you sell supplies?
No. We are not a retail supplier. The supplies we have are for use on your projects. We do sell jewelry, rope and chain necklaces, slumped wine bottles and some finished glass pieces.