My mother’s birthday is in late November and we always celebrate with some kind of “girls event” with my mother, sister, and I. Our family loves a good experience gift (though this time, I suppose, there’s a physical component to the gift as well as we will get to keep our newly-painted pottery as soon as it’s out of the kiln).
My sister was the creative force this year; she came up with the idea of going to Glazed Expressions in Lincoln Park to paint pottery. I’d never done this before (outside of art classes in elementary school) so we were all game. Glazed Expressions provided everything we needed – brushes, paint, assorted shapes of pottery – so all we had to do was get creative with colors. In nine days, our pieces will have gone through the kiln and we can stop back to pick them up.
While we were there, we saw a toddler stamp her handprint on mugs (presumably for grandparents) and a preschooler paint a shark (hopefully for herself). There was also a birthday party at the front table. Painting pottery was starting to seem like a genius idea for small children as you leave the mess at Glazed Expressions when you are done and just come back a week later for your work of art.
I painted a tray, Kerry painted a mug, and my mother painted an ornament-shaped box. I’d say we are all fairly skilled, as displayed below:
My contribution to the evening was choosing dinner, so after painting we walked over to Old Town for Mexican food.