Pottery painting is a great way to spend a couple of hours with kids. With easy to use paints, your kids can turn things like mugs, picture frames and dishes into gifts that are a lasting hit with grandparents, uncles and aunties. They can add color to a cute ceramic animal, make tiles to be added to a home or garden improvement project, or make the best-looking water dish ever for the family pet.
It’s the rare activity that appeals to teens and adults as well as young elementary kids.
What’s more, several pottery painting places around the Seattle area are open despite the pandemic. Some provide have places you can sit and work safely, while others let you make a kit online that you can use at home. It’s advisable to call before you show up.
Putting a kit together is an exercise in planning. Not only do you and your family have to choose what you are going to paint, but you also have to figure out what colors you are going to need.
4611 NE University Village St
This studio in University Village has two outdoor tables as well as three tables where you can sit indoors. If you’d rather do your work at home, you can buy a kit with everything you need, and pick it up and drop it off through curbside service.
5129 Ballard Ave NW
This Ballard business offers free delivery for kits, as well as curbside pickup for those who live outside the delivery range.
3333 Rainier Ave S
Emerald City is open with indoor seating for walk-ins Tuesday to Sunday, and by appointment only on Mondays. They do clay art, mosaics and glass fusion as well as paint-your-own pottery. Kits are available on request.
7345 164th Ave NE i-130, Redmond
Open for in-store painting. Pottery-to-go is available, with curbside pickup.
317 NW Gilman Blvd #40, Issaquah
Open for in-store painting. (You can reserve in advance if you wish.) Kits are also available.
514 Main St, Edmonds
This ceramics painting and glass fusing studio is open with indoor and outdoor seating. They also have paint-at-home pottery kits, along with acrylic canvas paint-at-home kits, and a clay gnome take home kit.
More craft activities here: The Playlist: Animal-themed crafts, virtual events, and fun with pets.