The paint-your-own pottery craze is everywhere. You probably have a shop somewhere near your hometown. It can be a fun experience for the whole family, but it’s good to know what you’re getting into before you go.
The pottery painting stores can get expensive. You generally pay a sitting fee that covers the supplies you use. You then have to pay for the pottery piece itself. The prices range from under $10 to over $50 depending on what you want to paint. Set a price limit before you go into the store so your kids know what they can choose.
Talk to your child about her behavior before you go into the shop. Most stores have shelves of all of the pottery right where your child can reach it. Let her know that she cannot touch the pottery. When she finds something she wants to paint, she needs to let you get it off the shelf. Remind her she needs to walk nicely and stay calm so she doesn’t accidentally bump into someone else’s artwork.
Paint or Help
Young kids might need some help with the painting process. Before you decide whether or not you will paint, consider how much assistance your little one will need. If you are constantly stopping to help her, you won’t have as much time to do your own piece of pottery. You might choose something small that won’t take a lot of time so you can also help out your child. Keep in mind you might still have to pay at least part of the sitting fee even if you don’t paint. Check with the studio before you go.
Don’t Help Too Much
You naturally want your child’s pottery to look nice, but don’t interfere too much with the creative process. The pottery is her artwork. Let her show her artistic talent and style in the way she chooses to paint it. Let her choose the colors and patterns she wants to use. One way you can help is by making sure she puts enough layers of paint on it. The colors are more vivid with more layers.
Prepare to Wait
One of the hardest parts for kids is often waiting for their artwork. You won’t get to leave with your piece in your hand. The pottery has to be fired once you paint it. Explain to your child before you go that she’ll have to wait to get her finished piece. It can often take up to a week before your pieces are ready for pickup.