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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We loved Painted Penguin because you can take home your piece the very same day. At most places, the pieces needed to be fired and could be retrieved days later. At Painted Penguin, we painted our pieces, then they were taken to a magic igloo center and the paint was dried and set by a professional. Johnny, my preschooler, refused to take his eyes off his multi-colored shark while it dried. Another great bonus is its location-inside Westfield Hawthorn Mall at Vernon Hills. What better way to accomplish some shopping with the kids in tow, then bribe them with craft time if they behave?
(There also are locations in Aurora and Morton Grove.)