Rainy days seem perfect for cozy crafting! Here’s a round up of South Sound area studios where you and the kiddos can pain your own pottery, including a new paint your own spot in Tacoma! Updated March 2017
I’ve never been to any of these (see the caption below this pic for my explanation)! but I’ve included what I’ve heard about each, including some comments left by readers on an earlier version of this post.
- Tacoma-Throwing Mud Gallery. The paint your own piece is a new addition to this studio, which has long offered classes. They have a variety of bisque items you can choose from, including children’s pieces, priced mostly in the 12.00 range. Your purchase includes two hours of painting time, and you pick it up seven days later after it’s been dipped and glazed! The space is relatively small, so Eileen suggests you call if there are more than four in your group. From the pics, it also looks like you’ll be painting quite close to some lovely, finished pieces, so if your kiddos are prone to knocking things over, I would not choose this spot! Update: My friend Amanda went here. She said the owner was Super nice, and even helped hold her baby! She did confirm that it’s very small. Her well behaved little guy did great, and she mostly kept the baby in her stroller-just go with a game plan!
- Gig Harbor- Java n Clay has paint your own pottery and also hosts parties and special events. My friend/lifesaver/rescue babysitter Emily went here over the summer with her kiddos, and they had a good time. It would be a good choice for a fun night out with your mom or girlfriends
- Olympia Painted Plate This spot has been around for a long time and has a good reputation. Drop in, specials, date nights, and parties for kids and grown-ups! Ice cream and other treats available!
- Lakewood-Art and Clay Studio Bright, colorful studio space and reasonably priced kids’ parties and rent-a-space options. We might try this one. It looks like you could probably work without bumping into stuff (Crosses fingers)!! Update: One of our Facebook friends left a note that her aunt works here, and enjoys seeing kids come in. O.K….that’s not a huge update….but it looks cute. Let me know what you think if you go!
- Auburn- Klay Crazy It’s got great reviews on Yelp, and it looks like they offer paint your own, classes, and rent-a-space options. Honestly? I find their website absolutely Krazy, but I get that not everyone wants to hire a web designer. Update: Here’s a comment from one of our long time readers:
My kid & I went to Klay Crazy maybe a year or two ago, so this may be outdated…but when we were there the outside looked really rundown, inside the space to sit & work felt cramped, the place was really dusty/unswept, not much light, and a small dog kept running around inside. On the upside, for such a small space there was a good selection of pieces to choose from, reasonably priced, and lots of color options. We did complete some pieces, which turned out fine, but personally we will be trying other studios.