Simply come inside, find a table, and let your experience begin.
1. Choose your piece.
Come into our spacious studio and choose from hundreds of different ceramic pieces until you find just what you are looking for–from simple dinnerware, plates, mugs, bowls, teapots, to figurines, piggy banks, fairies, and more!
2. Pick your paints
You’ll get to choose from over 49 colors of paints at our PAINT BAR. Choose from our wide assortment of brushes, sponges, stencils, and lots more creative tools that will help you bring your idea to life.
Crew members are here to help you if you need an idea or if you want some help with a artistic technique. Jump in, relax, and let your creativity take over! Painting can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours.
Behind the scenes, here’s how we GLAZE and FIRE your masterpiece…
After you are done painting and leave the studio, we take your piece into the back room to let your piece fully dry. This allows your colors to be their brightest after firing. Next, we dip it in glaze. The glaze is actually liquid glass. It gets molten in the high temperatures of the kiln and is what creates the shiny, glassy finish.
Once glazed, your piece will be loaded into one of our high-grade ceramic kilns to be fired. Kiln temperatures reach an excess of 1800 degrees, and pieces are fired up to 8 hours. The firing time is determined by the size and number of pieces in the kiln. Once the firing is complete, the cooling process begins.
The cooling time is double the firing time. Typically, it takes up to 16 hours for pieces to cool to room temperature. When pieces are unloaded from the kiln, our staff carefully hand polishes off any sharp bits of glaze that sometimes form during the firing process. This is all part of the process that brings your beautiful, food-safe ceramic masterpiece to life!
Most pieces can be picked up 3-4 days after you finish painting. The specific date and time that your piece will be ready for pick-up will be highlighted on your receipt.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to paint a ceramics piece?
Plan on 1-2 hours for a full studio session. Your studio pass is good all day long.
How long until I can pick-up my finished piece?
We write the pick-up date on your receipt. It usually takes 7 days from the time you complete your masterpiece.
Is my piece food safe? Microwave safe? Bake safe?
The paints and glazes we use are all approved as lead-free and food-safe. This means that no toxins leech into the foods and liquids that come in contact with the surfaces. In general, earthenware is microwave safe, but it is not oven-safe. Large and quick shifts in temperature can cause ceramics to crack and it is not recommended to put your ceramics piece in the oven.
How much does it cost?
Our pricing is straight-forward. We have a single Studio Day Pass that covers all of your supplies, kiln firing, and support by our trained crew of artists. Beyond that, each ceramic piece has its own price – ranging from $9 to over $75.
Children (12 and under) – $6
Adults (age 13+) – $6
What is an “OBSESSION CARD”?
Every time you paint at Pottery Parlor by Cordovan Arts, we stamp your Obsession Card — When you receive 6 stamps, you will receive an adult or child full-day studio pass.
Can I bring food into the studio?
Yes, of course! Many people bring in food to snack while they paint. Because the paints and materials are all food-safe, there are no risks with having food in the area.