Let’s Paint Pot­tery

The Covington News - - The Second Front - By Wil­liam Braw­ley news@cov­news.com

Ex­press your cre­ative side at Let’s Paint Pot­tery crafts and pot­tery stu­dio in Cony­ers. The paint-your-own pot­tery stu­dio lets cus­tomers choose from a va­ri­ety of blank pot­tery pieces and clay sculp­tures and then paint and dec­o­rate them to their hearts con­tent. Af­ter de­sign­ing the pieces, Let’s Paint Pot­tery has kilns on­site to fire the pot­tery.

“Se­lect the piece you want to paint, glaze it and fire it,” said Amy McEl­reath, co-owner. “The turn­around is about four days.”

Amy and her mother Delores opened Let’s Paint Pot­tery in July of 2005. Hav­ing done a lot of arts and crafts, and com­bin­ing that with her mother’s back­ground in crafts and ce­ram­ics, Amy McEl­reath de­cided to fol­low her pas­sion.

Let’s Paint Pot­tery also of­fers a va­ri­ety events for pri­vate par­ties, church group ac­tiv­i­ties and cor­po­rate events. Some of the past par­ties in­clude cookie ex­change par­ties, in which guests share and ex­change cookie recipes and par­tic­i­pate in paint­ing and de­sign­ing serv­ing dishes and other pot­tery dish­ware.

Let’s Paint Pot­tery also has the fa­cil­i­ties to host birth­day par­ties. There are ma­te­ri­als and pot­tery de­signed to any age group.

“I [taught] pre-school be­fore,” said Amy McEl­reath. “That helps when work­ing with kids now.”

School field trips are a big part of Let’s Paint Pot­tery. The store is closed on Mon­days and Tues­days, dur­ing which, the McEl­reaths travel to var­i­ous schools in the area for art classes and spe­cial school pro­grams. The stu­dents are able to cre­ate their own pot­tery and the art­work is brought back to the stu­dio to be fired in the kiln.

“What bet­ter way to have a field trip then to have a gift for Mother’s Day,” Delores McEl­reath said.

Let’s Paint Pot­tery is also con­sid­er­ing cre­at­ing glass de­sign and dec­ora- tion ser­vices. Sim­i­lar to pot­tery de­sign, pa­trons would pur­chase a piece of glass and would then be able to cut and glue to­gether other col­ored pieces of glass to make such things as frames and or­na­ments. The glass pieces would then be fired, melt­ing the glass to­gether into one solid piece. The glass dec­o­ra­tion is not avail­able to the pub­lic yet, but Let’s Paint Pot­tery is con­sid­er­ing do­ing a trial work­shop in the near fu­ture.

Let’s Paint Pot­tery is lo­cated 1522 Dog­wood Drive near Cold Stone Cream­ery in the Belk shop­ping cen­ter. For more in­for­ma­tion call (770) 761-3440 or visit www. let­spaint­pot­tery.net.

Wil­liam Braw­ley/The Cov­ing­ton News

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