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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.  

Our Friday theme nights have become theme weeks in order to accommodate social distancing. Theme weeks begin on Friday and go through the following Thursday. Select bisque are also available in a to-go kit.

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

Fall 2020 Theme Nights

August 14-20 Mug Week We like big cups and we cannot lie. From traditional coffee mugs to ones shaped like owls and llamas, we have mugs of all sizes and styles.

August 21-27 Succulent Week Paint pots for your succulents or use our handy tutorials to draw cacti and other plants on any bisque you choose. A variety of succulents will be available for purchase.

August 28-September 3 Raining Cats and Dogs Pet lovers, this night is for you! Find mugs, plates, bowls, treat jars, water dishes, figurines and more!

September 4-10 Snack Bowl Week Eat, sleep, snack, repeat! We have bowls for every snack size, from small dishes to extra-large bowls.

September 11-17 Gnome Week Choose from our charming cast of characters including Norm, Norma, Nate, Nora, Elwood, Jake or the ever-popular foot-tall “Ginormagnome”! We have a couple new gnome figurines as well as mugs and jars.

September 18-24 Talk Like a Pirate Week Iowa land lubbers! Choose yarrr pottery wisely…a mug for your grog, a Jolly Roger treasure chest, creatures from the sea, or majestic mermaids. 

September 25-October 1 Trinkets and Treasures Week Create a place for your favorite little things – a tray for your keys, a ring holder, a bank for your change, or choose from boxes of all shapes and sizes.

October 2-8 Old Macdonald’s Farm For those that love moos, clucks, oinks, neighs, meows, barks, and squawks.

October 9-15 Rainbows and Virtual Hugs Celebrate the 32nd anniversary of National Coming Out Day! Speaking up can change hearts and minds and creates new advocates for equality. Paint with all the colors this week and pick up a pronoun button while you are here.

October 16-22 Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls Week Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday for celebrating those who have passed. Drawings of Sugar Skulls often include flowers, dots, linear patterns, and other fun elements that can transfer beautifully onto pottery. We will have pattern ideas as well as bisque with pre-printed designs for coloring in. Pick yours up in time for Dia de los Muertos October 31-November 2.

October 23-29 Magical and Mythical Week We’ve rounded up a gaggle of creatures including dragons, elves, fairies, unicorns, mermaids, monsters and ogres. Still searching for sasquatch.

October 30-November 5 Two-for-One Studio Fees Bring a friend!

November 6-12 Sweater Weather Week Coffee mugs and autumn leaves abound in our fall bisque!

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