Children and Family Events

Bring the whole family and join us for one of our fun, family-friendly pottery painting events!


Clay workshop | Pressed leaf dishes
Sunday, September 22nd | 12-2pm

Let’s play with dirt and leaves! Join us for this clay workshop where you will make two dishes by pressing and rolling real leaves in clay! Bring your own leaves (the bigger the better- we like giant maples and squash leaves the best but many small leaves can work together too) or you can pick from a selection of leaves we will hand pick and provide at the event. Advanced registration required.

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FAMILY PAINT Day | new for 2019!
FRIDAY, October 4th | 11am-10pm

A once-a-month fun, affordable, and creative family experience for parents and children. Just $5 for unlimited paint time per person plus the cost of pottery for families painting together (2 or more persons). Family Paint Day is generally held on the first Friday of each month unless there is a conflicting event (see monthly calendar). Walk-ins only, we no longer take reservations for this event! Last seating is at 8:45pm.

pottery wheel throwing classes| family fun

Join us for a fun and relaxing learning experience creating one of a kind stoneware pottery you make from scratch on a potter's wheel. Read through the class descriptions and sign up for a class. And if you're already a skilled potter, sign up for some open wheel time!

We offer wheel throwing classes for all skill levels from beginner/ novice to intermediate for ages 10 and up.


17th anniversary special | free paint time!*
Tuesday, October 1st | 11am-9pm

We’re celebrating our 17th year in business with FREE PAINT TIME for customers on October 1st and Anniversary specials going on all month long! You'll receive FREE Unlimited Paint Time (a $10 value!) with the purchase of any pottery piece of $30 or more. All other painters will receive half price unlimited paint time all day (just $5) with any pottery purchase. No reservations needed, walk-ins welcome all day! Last seating at 7:45pm.

Stop in to the studio to check out all the other Anniversary Specials going on throughout October on Mosaics and Pottery Painting Passes!

Harry Potter Pottery Painting Party
Friday, October 11th | 6:30pm-9:30pm

Hogwarts School invites you to join us at Pottery Piazza for a magically creative Harry Potter Party with themed pottery painting projects. Crafty wand-making activity, fun photo booth, complimentary themed light snacks, and the famous Harry Potter Butterbeer (for all ages) included free with your ticket purchase. We will have many Harry Potter Themed pottery painting projects you can make in various price ranges or you may choose to paint whatever pottery you'd like. Advanced ticket purchase required as we expect this to be a sold-out event.

Campfire, S’mores & Ghost Stories Paint Party
Friday, October 18th | 6:30pm-9:30pm

Bring the whole family and camp out with The Pottery Piazza Staff painting pottery and making mosaics at this fun themed paint party! Listen to ghost stories, roast marshmallows under the moonlight, and create ‘til your heart’s content! We’ll have lots of assorted Fall, Halloween and outdoorsy ideas & themed pottery for you to paint or you can pick and paint whatever you’d like in the studio! We’ll also have a camp station set up with a complimentary DIY S’mores Bar. Advanced ticket purchase required as we expect this to be a sold-out event.

 Story Time Pottery Hour

Select mornings we will be reading a short children’s story and then painting a piece of pottery that relates to the subject of the book!  Any age child is welcome to participate with a parent.  Prices are all inclusive, except tax. Advanced sign-up and payment in full is required as specific pottery will be ordered for class. Sign up directly online or call the studio at 860.517.8553 to sign up by phone. Beverages and snacks welcome.

If you are part of a Mom's Group (or Dad's!) and would like to book a private Story Time Pottery Event, please contact us to arrange. We can schedule a weekday morning or afternoon that's convenient for you (Tuesday through Friday during business hours) with as little as 5 children for any one of our posted stories and projects you see below!


ellie the elephant story time pottery hour

Story time pottery | Ellie
Saturday, September 28th | 10am-11am

We’ll be reading “Ellie”, by Mike Wu and painting an adorable Elephant! We’ll show the kiddos how to splatter paint and have fun making a mess and then we will do all the clean up (the fun part for parents lol). Tell your friends about this story time and see if they’d like to join you, it’s always more fun to paint with a friend! Kids get to select their colors and explore their creative imaginations during Story Time Pottery Hour.

Story time Mosaic | Tippy the owl
Sunday, October 6th | 11am-12pm

We’ll be reading “Tippy the Owl”, by Ericka Corban and making an Owl Mosaic! Tippy is about an owl that has trouble staying in bed all night but finds help through a dear friend. Tell your friends about this story time and see if they’d like to join you, it’s always more fun to create with a friend! Kids get to select their mosaic colors and explore their creative imaginations during Story Time Mosaic Hour. Best of all, mosaics are taken home the same day with a diy grout kit!

Story time pottery | Stumpkin
Saturday, October 19th | 10am-11am

We’ll be reading “Stumpkin”, by Lucy Ruth Cummins and painting a Jack O’ Lantern Plate! Stumpkin is the most handsome pumpkin on the block. He’s as orange as a traffic cone! Twice as round as a basketball! He has no bad side! He’s the perfect choice for a Halloween jack-o-lantern. There’s just one problem—Stumpkin has a stump, not a stem. And no one seems to want a stemless jack-o-lantern for their window. Find out what happens to Stumpkin and sign up for this feel good story time pottery!

Story time pottery | Plump & Perky Turkey
Saturday, November 2nd | 10am-11am

We’ll be reading “A Plump and Perky Turkey”, by Jeff Shelly and painting your child’s hand and pressing it into a turkey on an 8” plate! Turkeys around Squawk Valley just don't jump into pots anymore—they are way too smart for that. So the townspeople hatch a clever plan. They host a turkey-themed arts and crafts fair and lure a vain bird into town by advertising for an artist's model. Sign up for this story time and capture your little turkey’s hand print on pottery and you’ll always remember it at that size!