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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What makes this studio unique is the artistic input owner Vicky Bellisario offers to her customers' pieces. Her favorite story is about a piece made by two children for their grandparents. The children's first instinct was to slap their handprints on a platter and be done. Bellisario probed a bit and the children told the story of how their grandparents were married on the Odyssey. She painted a picture of the ship on the platter, the children painted a sunset and the water, and the kids used their fingerprints to create the Chicago skyline. "Those are memories you make with your family that are precious," Bellisario says.
It's this attention to detail that is not always found at every studio.