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How it works: Select a blank pottery object and paint it however you’d like. Many shops offer hundreds of objects such as plates, vases, figurines and piggy banks, and dozens of paint colors. You pay per piece painted. Some shops offer “sitting fees,” a few dollars for “sitting” in the studio space while you work.
How long it takes: Expect to allot 1-2 hrs. painting time per piece, depending on its size and details, says Marsha Rothman, owner of Creation Station in Newtown, PA. The shop glazes and fires your object and it’s ready for pick up in 7-10 days.
Tips for first-timers: Ask about designs you can replicate. “We go over our design center with you to explain different techniques and show you samples that you can use as a guide,” says Pam O’Brien, owner of All Fired Up!, a paint-your-own-pottery studio in Collingswood, NJ. For solid, even coverage, “we always suggest two to three coats of paint,” says Chrissi Piston, manager at The Mud Shack, North Wales, PA.