From toddlers to the elderly, decorating and personalizing ceramics is a relaxing way to demonstrate creativity. Plus, the product is a handmade piece that can be used or given as a gift.
There are myriad ceramic shops located throughout the country that allow patrons to come in and paint items of their choice. This includes figurines, dishes, vases and various other knick knacks. Heather Gelfound of Paint Pals in Simi Valley explained the attraction to this particular art form. “It’s versatile because a ceramic can be painted any way that a person desires. It can be baked in an oven for a smooth finish or it can be glossed with a spray,” Gelfound said.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Rachelle Beaudoin said she would use this as an idea for a gift. “Hand made gifts are special because you know a lot of time and effort went into it,” Beaudoin said. ” And i think that’s more important than how much money it cost.”
Gina Allen of Firefly Ceramics stated, ” There are a variety of age groups and experience levels. Some take it more seriously than others, but it’s a lot of fun no matter what.” She elaborated by saying that the studio hosts everything from children’s birthday parties, to baby showers and more.
However, these shops tend to be a bit pricey. They can vary from $5-45 depending on what is being made and the establishment. It can be made for under $5, and here is how!
What you will need:
- A plate or cup ( I got my plates for $1 each at Ross)
- Permanent marker (any color you choose)
- Wash your plate or cup well and be sure to remove price tags and dust.
- Find your decorative inspiration. This can be song lyrics, quotes, book segments, or stencils!
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. In pencil, layout your design in order to assure there is space.
4. Go over your pencil design with the permanent marker. (TIP: If you find you are unhappy with the way it looks or if you make a mistake, a sponge and dish soap will do the trick)
5. When you are happy with your look, put your item in the oven for 30 minutes.
6.When it is done, carefully remove it from the oven. It will be very hot so use hot pads or oven mits for safety.
And there you have it! The design is set into your piece and will remain wash after wash!