The Holidays are upon us! From Christmas ornaments to one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, paint your own pottery studios offer a unique gift-making experience. Many of these studios keep kids in mind (with a large percentage of their clients being children), hosting art birthday parties, classes, summer camps, toddler times, Kids’ Nights and more.
Keeping with the Holiday motif, we asked a handful of art studios in the Jacksonville, FL area to choose one of their favorite holiday-themed pieces. From Christmas trees to snowman platters, take a peek at these 4 examples of pottery studio love!
With two Jacksonville locations to choose from, Doing Dishes Pottery Studio is a true family business, run by Katie and her husband, Brian. Both studios are warm and inviting; the perfect place to let your creative juices run wild! Entirely family-friendly, Doing Dishes holds weekly storytimes, Kids Night Out events and seasonal classes (this month, it’s the Letters to Santa event, where kiddos write letters to the Big Guy in Red and paint Christmas ornaments with a little help from some elves)! More to love: Ladies Night, Wine & Design events, party packages, wheel classes, field trips and more!
“Here is a piece that we did for a class a few years ago. It was a great piece, you could customize it with any initial you like and they could paint it on any size piece they wanted. It really was a fun class and it looks complicated, but it was really simple.” –Katie
Formerly Paint On Pottery, this walk-in paint your own pottery studio is located in the Oakleaf Town Center. Chose from a large variety of bisque items, from dinner plates to critters for the kids, or swing by on a Monday or Wednesday to build your own pottery with a variety of clay tools (with a little help from the staff, of course)! Arts Ignited is happy to host your art birthday party, bridal shower, office party (and more), and be sure to check out their summer camps, field trips, Ladie’s Night Out and the new glass-fusing class! Pricing is all-inclusive, and no appointment is necessary.
“Every few months or so the UF Proton Therapy Institute asks us to come to their monthly Family Night. The UFPTI is a place that cancer patients come from all over the world to be treated with Proton Therapy, and many are young children. We bring plates for the children and their families to paint, take them back to the shop, fire them and deliver them back to the UFPTI. We always have a wonderful time and the families really seem to enjoy it as well. During a recent Family Night there was a young boy with cancer who, with his family, painted several plates. His father painted the plate pictured in the photo attached. When he brought it up to us as finished, I asked him if he might want to decorate it up a little more with some of the other colors we had brought or use some of the design tools we had on hand. He said no, that he just wanted it simple because his plan was to take it home and when his son beat the cancer, he was going to hand him a hammer so his son could smash the plate into bits. Then he was going to take those pieces and display them in a shadow box in a trophy case in their home. My daughter (who was helping me out that evening) and I were both tearing up a bit and I said “that’s the only time I’ve liked the idea of someone breaking one of my plates.” I sure hope he sends us a picture of that plate broken into a million pieces!” -Diane
This fun and family-friendly Jacksonville pottery studio is in the business of helping people of all ages create unique works of art while making some lifetime memories! Get inspired with Pottery Works’ collection of idea books, stencils, stamps and more fun tools, and be sure to check out their Pottery To Go program; perfect for large groups (20 or more), Pottery Works brings everything you need to create a pottery masterpiece to wherever you are! Have a smaller get-together coming up? Pottery Works will pack up all the supplies you need to get creative on the go. Perfect for parties or school activities. Pottery Works also hosts art birthday parties, showers, summer camps and more!
“Grandma and granddaughter really wanted to make this Christmas special. Daddy’s been out of town for awhile and he loves Christmas trees, so she painted him a tree with a blue star. Since Mommy loves angels, she painted her an angel ornament. And the tree candle holder? That’s just for her!” -Andrea
Planet Pottery has been a staple in the Jacksonville area for nearly two decades. Now located in the Atlantic Palms Shopping Center, this walk-in paint your own pottery studio continues to inspire creativity in both the young and old. Owner Laura loves working with children on after-school art projects, hosting summer camps, as well as church, school and boy/girl scout events. Planet Pottery offers clay hand building, pottery wheel workshops, mosaics, glass & watercolors as well as fun events like Kids Night Out, Art After School classes and more!
“This is a plate that we did during a seminar. I really love snowmen (especially when they’re drinking hot chocolate or coffee…yum)! I get a lot of compliments on this tray and people like to copy it.” -Laura