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Published on January 2nd, 2011 | by Julie Finn


Hands-on Pottery Painting Studios: Easy, Eco-Friendly, and Not at All Lame

painting a cereal bowl at a hands-on pottery painting studioBackground: When I was a little kiddo, my grandmother and mother used to drag me out all the time to one of those pottery painting studios that were super-popular in the 70s and early 80s. They’d gossip, Mamma would chain-smoke, and they’d spend hours painting hideous knick-knacks hideous colors, and I’d sit there next to them, bored out of my gourd.

Did they never give me anything of my own to paint because pottery painting was too expensive back then to waste on a little kid, or did I just have no interest in adding to our house’s already expansive collection of hand-painted ashtrays and vases? No clue, but I do know that the experience totally scarred me, because early in December, when my own little kiddos wanted to paint cat bowls as Christmas presents for their best friends, the cats, it was with much reluctance and hesitation and prior research that I walked them into our local hands-on pottery painting studio.

Next >> What I found inside shocked me.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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