Clay-caked fingernails. Paint-splattered clothes. Beyond-messy tables and floors.
Who's ready to make some pottery?
Sculpting, kneading and painting clay to form a masterpiece sounds like a dream come true to most kids (at least to my art-obsessed children). The mess that ensues, however, probably is not something most moms fantasize about. Most days our kitchen table resembles some type of craft show gone wrong. I love arts and crafts and so do my kids, but I'm not exactly crazy about pottery painting at home.
Luckily, there are a slew of paint-your-own pottery joints. My kids-Julie, 7, and Johnny, 3-and I got our hands dirty (literally) and scoped out the best spots to paint your own pottery.
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This was by far our favorite pottery place. Expect to get dirty here, but this is the real deal. We visited on a Friday morning for the weekly Mud Pies Session. We listened to a story about dragons, rolled up our sleeves and molded our own little dragons from wet clay, painted our creations and left them there to dry for two weeks. While kids are given artistic freedom (my Johnny wanted to give his dragon antennae), our instructor carefully taught the children how to create a dragon to look like a dragon. The secret? To create a little pinch pot as the dragon's body. Julie sculpted a darn good dragon. Johnny tried his best and wandered off task a time or two, but he was pleased with his dragon/alien, too.
Thrown Elements also offers pre-fired pottery if you're just looking to paint pieces, as well as the opportunity to completely sculpt at the pottery wheel (if you're at least 10).