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Creating pretty pottery at local studio October 26, 2017

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Starting the project.

I’ve been wanting to head back to the local pottery studio to make something artsy. It was meant to be when my friend mentioned she wanted to try her hand at pottery painting. So we picked an afternoon for our outing, choosing to meet at Creative Arts Studio in downtown Royal Oak (I took my niece here for an aunt/niece outing).

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The studio is a welcoming, sunshine-filled location that offers pottery painting, mosaics, glass fusing and more (I’ve only tried the pottery painting). Walk-ins are welcome and you can bring your own drinks and snacks. This studio charges a flat studio fee for adults and children, in addition to the price of the item you choose (ranging from under $5 to over $100).

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There are a lot of pottery pieces available, from vases to serving dishes to seasonal items to tea sets and more! I spent (too much) time wandering the rows of items, picking up one item only to spot another that interested me. Should I paint a coffee mug? Turtle for my great room floor? Horse-shaped bank? Bookends? Maybe a Michigan-shaped platter? I finally made myself focus, settling on a small vase since I’m a lover of flower bouquets placed around my house (hint to future boyfriend), although I mentally logged some other items I want to work on at a later time. The studio was fairly busy, plus a small birthday party group arrived shortly after us, so it was fun to look around at what others were working on. There were some really great ideas and talent in that building!

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My new vase!

The staff was very friendly and helpful. We were directed to shelves of glaze colors. The glaze is food safe on the finished product. I selected a few colors for my vase, then settled at a table with my friend to start the creative process.

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Three coats of each color is required for a deep color upon finish (it’s helpful that there are sample color tiles of the finished, three-coat color). I discovered the only challenge to working at a table with another is you ‘might’ lose track of how many coats you’ve painted while talking. Ha! So one of my colors got an extra coat because I couldn’t remember and decided I’d prefer a darker color rather than lighter.

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You write your name or initials on the bottom of your item and leave it at the studio to be fired. Pick it up in a week and you have a great item to keep or give as a gift!

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Craft show shopping tradition rings in holiday season November 7, 2015

A craft show purchase

Craft show find!

The approaching end of the year brings a festive tradition for my sisters, Mom and me – craft show season! In some ways, craft show shopping kicks off the holiday season for me, although I’m SO not ready for the holidays and winter weather. I finally am understanding my grandmother’s comments about holding tightly to time as you age as it seems to fly by too quickly.

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I grew up going to local craft shows and flea markets with my mom, so it’s no surprise that we’ve continued the tradition as my sisters and I aged. Several years ago we expanded our tradition to include meeting my best friend and her mom at the Christmas in Clawson craft show. We wander, greet long-time friends (we always know someone when in Clawson!) and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. I know I can speak for all of us when I say it’s a wonderful outing that we all look forward to!

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I sometimes consider myself ‘crafty’ but I’ve got nothing on the amazing talent that you often find at these craft shows. From jewelry to wool gloves to quilts to home decor, there are so many beautiful items to peruse. Over the years, I’ve purchased a gorgeous Christmas tree skirt and warm wool gloves, plus an assortment of great gifts.

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Here is a short list of upcoming arts and craft shows in the metro Detroit area. Happy shopping!

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Christmas in ClawsonSaturday, Nov. 14, 10am-4pm. Clawson High School, Clawson.

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Christmas Fantastyland Craft ShowSaturday, Nov. 14, 10am-5pm; Sunday, Nov. 15 from 11am-4pm. Lakeview High School, St. Clair Shores.

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IACS Fall Craft ShowSunday, Nov. 15, 10am-4pm. Italian American Cultural Center, Clinton Township.

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Craft ShowSaturday, Nov. 21, 10am-4pm. Franklin High School, Livonia.

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32nd Annual Craft FairSaturday, Nov. 21, 10am-4pm. Royal Oak High School, Royal Oak.

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Santa’s Craft CastleSaturday, Nov. 21, 9am-5pm. Eisenhower High School, Shelby Township.

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Elf Shelf Craft ShowSaturday, Nov. 28, 9am-4pm. Troy High School, Troy.

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St. Nick’s WarehouseSaturday, Nov. 28, 9am-5pm and Sunday, Nov. 29, 10am-3pm. Henry Ford II High School, Sterling Heights.

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Detroit Urban Craft FairFriday, Dec. 4, 6-9pm; Saturday, Dec. 5, 10am-8pm and Sunday, Dec. 6, 11am-6pm. Masonic Temple, Detroit.

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Potters MarketSaturday, Dec. 4, 9am-8pm and Sunday, Dec. 6, 10am-5pm. Southfield Pavilion, Southfield

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Craft ChristmasSaturday, Dec. 5, 10am-4pm. L’Anse Creuse High School, Macomb.

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Holiday Cookie Walk & Craft ShowSaturday, Dec. 5, 10am-3pm. Bishop Foley High School.

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Holiday Art & Craft ShowSaturday, Dec. 5, 9am-4pm and Sunday, Dec. 6, 11am-4pm. Clarkston High School, Clarkston.

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Festival Arts & Craft ShowSaturday, Dec. 12, 9am-4pm. Troy Athens High School, Troy.

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*Dates and times are based on information I found so not guaranteed. Unless otherwise noted, all events have a minimal admission fee.

 

 
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