Design, Paint & Display: Local Pottery Painting Studios

By: Toni Cunningham | January 22, 2014
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It’s that time of winter, folks. You know the one I’m talking about—where the snow is no longer white and fluffy but dirt speckled and gross, and spring is (somewhat) on the horizon. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and feel “blah” about this time of year, but it’s even easier to get off your butt and do something about it.

The next time boredom strikes and you’ve already taken a painting and wine class for the week, try a pottery painting class! Getting in touch with your artistic side and doing something out of your ordinary routine just might be the change of pace you’re looking for.

Take a look at the following pottery painting studios in the Metro Detroit area:

At Clayin’ Around Pottery, 6551 Allen Rd., Allen Park, you pick out whatever dish or figure strikes your fancy, paint it, then pick your finished product up at a later date once it’s been glazed and fired in a kiln.

Whether you're going out on a fishing trip, discovering new hiking spots, or heading out for a weekend of camping, the Trailblazer is an ideal companion for your active lifestyle.

You can’t beat the price either: studio time for adults costs $7.50, and is just $5 for kids. The pottery pieces themselves range from $6 to $40, so the total cost really depends on what you choose to create.

Keep in mind; you might want to go on a Monday or Wednesday. You’ll receive a double punch on your store card on Mondays, and Wednesdays are half off studio rates for both adults and children.

Creatopia, 924 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth, is a paint-it-yourself pottery studio located in Downtown Plymouth. There are 400 plus pieces of pottery to choose from, and plenty of paint colors and textures available for you to use.

If the thought of creating your own project is too intimidating, you might want to take part in one of Creatopia’s painting classes. On Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24 at 7 p.m., learn how to create a Valentine’s Day Platter step-by-step. It’s just $14 for the class, and an additional fee for the pottery.

The price for paint-it-yourself pottery includes a flat studio rate of $6 for children and $9 for adults, as well as the cost of pottery. Studio prices are half off on Tuesdays, and Ladies Night is on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., when the studio rate is just $5.

When planning your visit, take note that Creatopia is closed on Mondays.

The Bee’s Knees Pottery, 149 E. Main, Northville, offers pottery painting with a studio rate of $8/hour. Whether you want to paint a jewelry box, a ceramic frog or a cereal bowl, The Bee’s Knees has plenty to choose from.

Ladies Night is held on Fridays, when studio rates are reduced to $8 for the entire evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. On Thursdays, you can get a friend hooked on your new hobby with you—after 6 p.m., you only have to pay one studio fee for yourself and a guest. Discounts are also available on Wednesdays, when studio rates are a flat $10 fee all day long.

Pottery Creations, 105 Maple St., Wyandotte, has a flat studio fee of $8 for adults and $5 for children. Unpainted pottery pieces range from $6 to $60, while the average price falls within the $12 to $20 range.

Ladies night is held each Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Family Night takes place on Fridays during the same time. A special Munch and Mingle class will be held on Thursday, January 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are invited to bring their own drinks, while the studio will provide snacks as part of the night’s $15 studio fee (plus pottery).

Sadly, we’ve got a few more weeks (okay, months) of winter, folks. You might as well spend your time stuck indoors doing something fun and different, like painting pottery. Have fun channeling your inner Picasso!