I must have lost my mind. I took 4 kids to paint pottery last week and it wasn’t their first time! Our homeschooling social group hosted a field trip to Pottery Works for kids’ day and we couldn’t wait to join them. Keepsakes you can keep forever? Yes, please! Painting pottery is a blast. Bringing 4 young kid into the pottery shop? Enough to bring fear into the strongest constitution. So many breakables! We grabbed a big table and I took the kids to choose their piece one at a time. There were so many familiar faces to help out and my mother-in-law came to help too. Awesome. Plus, the staff was so helpful! They kept us stocked with paint and were right on top of everything. Pottery Works on Baymeadows was a drive, but by far the best studio we’ve visited in Jacksonville. Their selection was huge and affordable. We ended up choosing an owl bank, a tiny piggie bank, two ornaments, and a horse figurine.
This is the second time we’ve painted pottery this year and the kids still talk about it all the time. They love displaying their creations proudly in the house. They usually turn out very colorful and “artistic” and I look forward to regifting them to the kids long from now when they are grown and have their own familiar. D’s multi-colored owl bank is all him. B’s ornaments are quite brown. Yet I love them. The only bummer deal no matter where one paints is that you have to wait a week to pick up the finished, fired pieces. It’s a long wait for little people! We drove back out there this week and the kids were so excited to see how their pieces turned out. They were thrilled. The banks, horse, and ornaments were even more bright and colorful after firing.
If Pottery Works was a tad closer and it cost a bit less to take 4 kids ($50 with a small tip for our selections), we’d paint every Wednesday. Regardless, I’d love a repeat performance. The kids are so proud of what they created. Hooray for great field trips!