Children and Family Events
Bring the whole family and join us for one of our fun, family-friendly pottery painting events!
Mermaid paint party | Paint With Ariel!
Friday, August 23rd | 6:30-9:30pm
Join us for an Under the Sea creative adventure and paint pottery with a very special guest, Ariel the Mermaid! Painters can select from a special supply of mermaids, under the sea creatures and beachy themed pottery. We’ll also have themed silkscreen coloring book pottery to paint and color in the lines, or you pick and paint any other dinglehoppers (aka pottery) in the studio you’d like. We have gadgets and gizmos a-plenty including a pottery bubble-painting station to make all your pottery extra mer-mazing! A hot crustacean band will be playing jellyfish jams over the stereo and guests will get to have a free photo opportunity while they paint and enjoy complimentary yummy themed snacks and beverages. Advance ticket purchase required.
FAMILY PAINT Day | new for 2019!
FRIDAY, September 6th | 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.
Customer appreciation day!
Saturday, August 31st | 10am-10pm
Come in to paint today! You'll receive a FREE Unlimited Paint Time (a $10 value!) with the purchase of any pottery piece(s) painted by yourself totaling $30 or more. All other painters will receive half price unlimited paint time all day (just $5) with any pottery purchase.
It's our way of saying "Thanks!" for supporting our small, independently owned creative arts business!
No reservations needed, walk-ins are welcome all day!
No other discounts or coupons can be combined. Last seating is at 8:45pm.
Sunday, September 8th | 11am-6pm
Happy National Grandparents Day! Bring Grandma and/or Grandpa in to paint today! They’ll receive a FREE Unlimited Paint Time (a $10 value!) with the purchase of a regular priced Unlimited Paint Time Session for yourself plus pottery for 2 people.
No reservations needed, walk-ins are welcome all day!
Limit one free Grandparent Paint Time per full price unlimited paint time session paid plus the cost of pottery for 2 people. No other discounts or coupons can be combined. Last seating is at 4:45pm.
The Great Pumpkin Painting Party
Friday, September 13th | 6:30-9:30PM
Join us for some festive fall fun at our 1st Annual Pumpkin Painting Party, complete with rockin’ family tunes, complimentary caramel apple dipping bar and fresh apple cider! Get your Pumpkins & Jack O’ Lanterns painted early so you can get them out on display before October arrives! You can paint your choice of several different electric lighted pumpkins, votive pumpkins, or pumpkin tureens with a lid at an exclusive pre-order price* (via online purchase only). We even have a lighted sugar skull or stacking skull lantern. *Painting, glazing and firing is included FREE with all pre-order shapes for this event. We'll also have a drawing for some Studio Certificates so you can come back to paint again on a future visit. Advanced registration required as we expect this to be a sold-out event. Pre-order pottery deadline is Sunday 9/8! Painters wishing to join the party but not pre-order shapes can select the Paint-Time-Only registration option and pay $10+tax for paint time, and then pick out and purchase any pottery they would like during the event. Paint-Time-Only customers can register for the party up until 9/12 or until we sell out of seats, whichever comes first.
Have you seen our Custom Name Cut-Out Jack O’ Lanterns?
Alternately, you can special order one of these to paint at The Great Pumpkin Painting Party if you wish. These adorable and personalized lanterns are perfect for a window or tabletop in your home and come with an electrical light cord. Special order them online and they will be made to your specifications and shipped to Pottery Piazza in approximately 3 weeks so that you may paint them any way you desire (paint time additional). Please see each item description for sizes, pricing, inclusions and details.
Deadline for ordering these personalized cut-outs if you would like to paint yours at the Pumpkin Painting Party is August 20th to make sure our supplier can make and ship them on time to the studio for the September 13th party.
If you are ordering one to paint at the party, just mention that in the notes so we can be sure to expedite your order. If you are painting it at the Pumpkin Painting Party, we will include complimentary paint time, otherwise paint time is in addition to your piece as usual to paint it any other day. Just so you know you can order these anytime of year and they take about 3-4 weeks to arrive at the studio. We also have other shapes like Snowmen Lanterns!
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!
Story time Mosaic! | Gorilla loves vanilla
Saturday, August 24th | 10am-11am
We’ll be reading “Gorilla Loves Vanilla”, by Chae Strathie and making an Ice Cream Cone Mosaic! What flavors of ice cream do different animals like to eat? Find out in this fun story time! This is our first Story Time Mosaic- sign up and show your support for Story Time Mosaic and maybe we will do another in the future! 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 | Cowboy Pug
Saturday, September 7th | 10am-11am
We’ll be reading “Cowboy Pug”, by Laura James and painting a Cowboy Boot! This boot is great for a kid’s glass of milk, a vase for flowers, or holding change and other dew-dads. Grab a partner and dosey-do your way over to paint with us! Kids get to select their colors and explore their creative imaginations during 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 | TO be announced!
Sunday, October 6th | 11am-12pm
Help us decide! Would you rather have a Mosaic Owl Project with a Fall Story Theme or paint a Cute Kitty With a Witch Hat and listen to a Halloween Story?
Vote by clicking the link below and submit your inquiry on the reservation page. Select “OTHER” from the drop down list and tell us in the notes section which story/project you would prefer- most votes wins! Please check back in September to find out which Story Time we’ll do on October 6th.