Yep, really. The kids' pottery was sent to the kiln and fired. And it turned out better than I expected- really a great before and after. If you haven’t done this with your kids, do it. I was holding off, waiting for my youngest to get a bit older. However, with the power of grandmother reinforcement, even 4 year old boy attention spans are suited for paint your own pottery endeavors! Here's what you may see when you go:
You don’t even have to have kids with you to go! There were all kinds of chances to let your creativity flow. I like that they sprinkled some completed projects in with the bare ones to help spark your creativity. I love this person’s bird DIY masterpiece. Doesn’t it look like something you’d see in stores?
There were a lot of kid-focused items there: cartoon and comic characters, banks, animals, etc. I swear my kids have radar for snakes, lizards and any other creature I prefer to only see on TV.
That’s where you start- picking out your piece. The cheap-o in me wasn’t real keen on the $17 and $20 price tags for the snake and frog they picked out, but I had a coupon and really, you’re paying for the experience here. I ignored the little voice in my head and went with it. I’m really glad I did, too. As an added bonus, my mother-in-law actually treated for this experience. I was really glad I could at least offer a $8 coupon. ;)
My kids loved the work space. But first they picked their colors and then they had to give the piece a sponge bath. (Sorry for any hospital images that sentence created.) Finally they were off and painting… and painting… and painting… 3-4 coats are what they suggested. My little one lost interest and asked me to help him out with all the blue. (I really do try to keeps a hands-off approach to their crafts.) Then he put a random blob of black in the middle, but it’s faint in the finished product.
One week later, here’s what we have after picking it up! They turned out better than I expected. Now I’m worried they’ll drop them…