Iowa State University of Science and Technology

Paint Your Own Pottery

Paint Your Own Pottery at The Workspace

Choose from over 100 different bisque items, from functional kitchenware like mugs, bowls and plates, to decorative items like garden gnomes and dinosaurs.  

The process is easy:choose your piece, paint it, and then we will fire it within a week for you to come pick up. 

Studio fee is $4 for ISU and $5 for public plus the cost of the bisque you select. PYOP is open to all ages as long as those 15 and under are accompanied by an adult.

Walk-in anytime during open hours for Paint Your Own Pottery.  Or, join us on Friday evenings between 4 & 8pm for theme nights. Pre-registration is not required for Friday theme nights, but a call to reserve a spot on is recommended. 515.294.0970

Need an activity for your student organization, office staff or a girls' night out?  Contact Letitia Kenemer for group reservations.

Winter/Spring 2017 Theme Nights:

January 13 Dots and Pattern: Repetition of dots or shapes create fun patterns and makes everyone look like a PYOP pro.
January 20 Mug Night: We like big cups and we cannot lie! From traditional coffee mugs to ones shaped like owls and elephants, we have mugs of all sizes and styles.  
January 27 Snack Bowl Night: Keep your friends close and your snacks closer! From small to extra-large bowls, choose a size that is perfect for you. 
February 3 Valentine’s Day Gifts:  Show your bestie or your bae all the loves this year.
February 10 Date Night: Two for one studio fees for you and a friend.
February 17 Minion Night: Use our step-by-step instructions for drawing a minion that you can then turn into your favorite helper. Banana!
February 24 Mardi Gras Party: Those dressed in green, gold, and/or purple and get a free studio fee, but we are sharing our beads with everyone!
March 3 Dr. Seuss Night: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 113th birthday by adding your favorite quote or Seuss character to your pottery. We will share imagery and quotes for inspiration.
March 24 Feminists Unite!: An inclusive evening celebrating Women’s History Month. Say what you need to say through a quote or imagery on your pottery. A feminist is anyone who believes in equality for women, so all are welcome. Let’s reclaim the F-word!
March 31 Bubble Painting: Sort of like blowing bubbles when you were a kid, but we do it with a straw and paint. The popped bubbles show up become more vibrant during the kiln firing and make interesting patterns on the finished pieces.
April 7 Gnome Gnight: From three-inch inch minis to a foot-tall “Ginormagnome,” we’ve got a cast of characters that are fun to decorate and add to your indoor or outdoor space.
April 14 Hello Spring!: Decorate a pot for growing herbs, a vase for fresh-cut flowers, or embrace the season with bunnies, chicks and other woodland friends. 
April 21 Tiki Party: We’ve got luau party music and leis to welcome you to our space. Choose from a number of Tiki cups to paint, or decorate any of our pieces with bright, tropical flowers.  Grass skirts optional.

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