By Lurdes Abruscato
1340 Smith Ave.
Mount Washington Mill
(next to Whole Foods)
Baltimore, Md. 21209
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
5 Bel Air S. Parkway
Festival at Bel Air
(next to BB&T Bank)
Bel Air, Md. 21015
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Prices: Pottery ranges from $3-$50; studio fee starts at $7/hour, capped at $12/day. Paints, supplies, glazing, firing included. Pricing varies for camps, classes, groups.
The first Maryland paint-your-own pottery studio in 1996, today’s Amazing Glaze has two shops, 400+ pieces of pottery, more than 100 paints, as well as dozens of books, stencils, stamps and tools to create unique ceramics. Customers choose an unfinished piece, plan a design and paint it; employees complete glazing and firing. Five days later, the keepsake is ready for pickup.
In addition to summer camps, Amazing Glaze hosts various events for kids ages 5 and up, including winter camps upon request, birthdays, ice cream sundae parties and scout troop functions. The studio even travels to schools for after-school events, returning completed pieces one week later.
Not to be missed: glasswork projects. The studio uses its kiln for fusing other materials, including mosaics, sun catchers, and jewelry. Kids ages 9 and up can choose from pendant and earring events to bracelet parties.
5707 Smith Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21209
Hours: Monday- Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (closed Sundays)
Prices: 2-hour workshops for kids-$60 members/$85 non-members
Teen classes-$165 for members/$190 non-members
Full-day, all week camps-$320 members/$345 non-members
Afternoon camps–$165 members/$190 non-members
This is not your typical storefront with pre-made pottery to choose from and paint. Rather, if your children want to experience an authentic art center with artists-in-residence, full-blown classes with clay molding and throwing techniques, and even special clay firing evening events, try this non-profit facility.
Baltimore Clayworks offers summer camps, one-day kid workshops, after-school programs run in conjunction with the Department of Recreation, teen classes, private lessons, as well as birthday parties and other packages. The center is active in community arts and regularly hosts classes at local schools, community centers and churches.
Not to be missed: For those who don’t want to get their hands dirty but are still fascinated with the world of clay, check out any number of visiting exhibitions at its Community Arts Gallery in Mt. Washington, an exhibit space dedicated to student artists and their artwork.
The Pottery Stop & Coffee Shop
9050 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, Md. 21042
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (last seating and pick-ups), Saturday, 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. (kids) and 8 p.m. (adults), Sunday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Prices: Pieces start at $6, studio fees equivalent to 50 percent of the price of the piece. All studio fees cover materials used and firing. Pricing varies for camps, classes, other groups. Birthday parties start at $180.
Twenty-five minutes west of Baltimore (a sister location is further afield in Fulton), this studio offers an array of pottery to paint, along with classes, workshops, camps and more for kids. Before or after a painting session, young patrons can indulge in fruit smoothies or blended crèmes (cotton candy or orange creamsicle to name a few), in addition to the usual assortment of coffee drinks for adults.
Not to be missed: Create silver clay reversible jewelry in less than 3 hours. Ages 9-12 can attend a Lilly Ollo jewelry workshop accompanied by an adult; ages 13 and older can be unattended.
Lurdes Abruscato is a local freelance writer who enjoys throwing items, including clay, with her children.