Paint Your Pot
When my mommies group and I were talking about Father's Day awhile ago, we wanted to go the arts and crafts route. But what to give daddies that they would appreciate, keep forever, and actually use? We chose to do paint your own ceramics, and loved it!
There are a few places in the Triangle area (including Glazed Expectations in Carrboro). We decided on Paint Your Pot. Paint Your Pot is off of Highway 55 in Cary, actually in the same shopping center as JumpZone if you want to make a full day of it.
At Paint Your Pot, you begin by picking the piece you want to paint. They have pieces anywhere from $3.50 to $50, depending on what you pick. There are cups, mugs, plaques, piggy banks, ceramic animals, lawn ornaments, all kinds of things! In addition to paying for the piece of ceramic, you also pay a studio fee, which is half the cost of your ceramic piece (i.e., a $10 piece will be a $5 studio fee, a $20 piece will be a $10 studio fee, and so on). The studio fee covers paint materials, other supplies, glaze, and the firing process. You do not pay based on time, which means take all the time you want. You can even leave it and come back another day to finish it.
After you finish painting, you leave your ceramics piece with Paint Your Pot. You give them a few days to glaze it and fire it, and it is ready, finished, for your pick up anywhere between 3 and 7 days.
Our kids weren't old enough to do these projects on their own yet. So we did mommy-assisted hand-stamping. And I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Paint Your Pot had a few non-toxic paints (in varying colors) specifically for this purpose. Much safer for all involved when it comes to putting paint on a body.
The chairs and tables are project tables, and not necessarily designed to hold toddlers. A few of us had travel booster seats in our cars, and those proved to be a fantastic addition to the day. Also, there are a lot of breakable things in this store, of course, so keep a close eye on the kiddos.
There were some older children in there having a great time, very intently creating masterpieces. I can imagine age 5 and up is a great age for this activity.
Paint Your Pot has a private room in the back, too, for things like birthday parties, wedding showers, baby showers, and ladies night out (and yes, you can bring in wine and food).
It was fun for us but, most of all, this made for some very precious and much-appreciated Father's Day gifts.
Paint Your Pot
2755 NC Hwy 55
Cary, NC 27519