Where to paint your own pottery in NYC
Crafty kids can personalize their creations at these spots.
Mon Nov 8 2010
If making a pot from scratch seems daunting, paint one at these drop-in craft centers.
Baked in Brooklyn
Designers-in-the-making can paint anything from a race car to a unicorn, then decorate it with stamps and stencils. 242 Wythe Ave at North 3rd St, entrance on North 3rd St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-2300, baked-in-brooklyn.com). $7 studio fee; pieces cost $4--$65.
Color Me Mine
Mom and Dad will want to join in on the fun at this shop—there are more than 400 pieces to choose from. 92 Reade St at Church
St (212-374-1710, colormemine.com). $12 studio fee, kids 12 and under $8; pieces cost $15--$25.
The Craft Studio
Future Picassos practice their painting on plastercraft, terra-cotta pots, ceramic or even wood items at this colorful spot. To continue the fun at home, make a stop at the arts-and-crafts shop in front. 1657 Third Ave between 92nd and 93rd Sts (212-831-6626, craftstudionyc.com). No fee; pieces cost $14--$30.
Created by You: Paint Your Own Pottery Studio
In addition to drop-in painting, this SI spot encourages parents and kids to get creative side-by-side during its Family Fun Day offering on Saturday afternoons (families of up to five pay a $10 flat fee from 10am to 2pm). 332 New Dorp Ln at Clawson St, Staten Island (718-979-1841, created-by-you.com). $8 studio fee, kids 13 and under $6; pieces cost $10--$100.
Little Shop of Crafts
Staff show beginners paint-layering techniques and provides kids with "idea books" filled with pictures of finished pieces to spark their imagination. *431 E 73rd St between First and York Aves (212-717-6636, littleshopny.com). *711 Amsterdam Ave at 94th St (212-531-2723). No fee; pieces cost $16--$36.
The crafters' paradise specializes in kiln-fired pottery, but impatient kids can use special "take out" paints that let them bring their creations home straight away. 329 Columbus Ave between 75th and 76th Sts (212-362-0350, makemeaning.com). $12 studio fee; pieces cost $9--$120.
The Painted Pot
This spot's range of more than 500 pieces of pottery (called bisques) lets kids choose from functional pieces like bowls and mugs or more whimsical creations such as animal figurines. *339 Smith St at Carroll St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-222-0334, paintedpot.com). *8009 Third Ave between 80th and 81st Sts, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn (718-491-6411). $8 studio fee, kids 16 and under $6; pieces cost $12--$40.