When Andrew’s co-op class read Stone Soup, each student painted a special soup bowl. He was so proud of it and ate dinner from it the first night and the second… and then he dropped it. So when I had the opportunity to visit Doing Dishes on CR210 to experience painting pottery, I knew just who to bring with me!
Andrew had no problem choosing what to paint. There were plates & platters, bowls, decorative containers… tons of options to personalize! But he wanted the exact stone soup bowl and even worked carefully with the friendly “painting expert” on staff to choose the same colors he used last time.
Paints look light and chalky before being glazed & fired, so Doing Dishes has a caterpillar of colors to see how they will look in the end.
Andrew and I went just after school and shared the studio with one other mamma-son pair. Doing Dishes offers classes, private parties and Girls Night Out events where the space packs out.
In the photo below, note the green wall lined with the many ceramic pieces you can choose from and the blue wall with glass options for their fused glass events. The back L corner is where canvas painting supplies are stashed.
As the 4th of 7 kiddos, Andrew doesn’t get my undivided attention for 2 hours very often. We chatted while he painted then he passed me a brush so we could work on his bowl together. Those moments together were priceless!
He and I both loved the rinse bowl- he insisted that I take a photo to show you. The “splash drops” made for perfect places to hold the paintbrushes when not in use.
Many of the projects displayed in the studio have quotes, dates or other special sayings written on them to personalize the project. We learned that special bottles make lettering easy and neat even for a 7 year old!
While Andrew finished up his bowl, I scoped out projects I think my other kiddos will enjoy. This Hello Kitty box makes me think of my girls and a gorgeous platter looked like something I would use regularly in the kitchen. All projects are food safe and if you have something in mind but don’t have the artistic skill to execute the design, the Doing Dishes team can help you or even do a full project for you!
Andrew wanted to keep his shattered bowl- but when he was finished with the new project, he was finally ready to part with the old to make room for the new. We picked it up 2 days later and he’s used it every day since!
Doing Dishes provided a fun afternoon activity that was completely different from our normal at home routine. The friendly staff kept our rinse water clean, gave Andrew pro tips as he did his project and cleaned up behind us… removing the hurdles that typically keep me from doing crafty projects at home.
Check out the Doing Dishes Calendar for current events. I immediately noticed the “Paint me a Story” classes- after school classes that include a snack, a story and a painting project for $15 per child. That’s very accessible and I can’t wait to do one with my littles! Not all the classes are geared toward making memories with children… round up some girlfriends for a chance to let your hair down at the “Wine and Design” events. Lots of fun options right here off CR210!
2220 CR-210 W Suite 309 (next to Winn Dixie)
We were invited to paint in exchange for sharing this experience with you. A studio fee of $6 per painter is typically added to the cost of the pottery.