So far this summer you’ve splashed in the spray parks, mulled over museums and frolicked at farms, and now the kids need hands-on down time. How about an art project? We’ve rounded up our area’s best places to paint your own pottery (with some glass fusing and crafting thrown in for good measure). Click through the gallery to find out where to get your art on this summer.

Mudhouse Pottery Painting

How it works: This relaxed studio in Gilman Village offers daily hours for all your pottery painting needs. There are no studio fees, and their prices range from $12 to $45, depending on the piece you choose. Their friendly staff will help you with your arty ideas, and when you’ve completed your masterpiece, they’ll glaze it, fire it and have it ready for pickup in 7 days. No need to make a reservation—just stop on by anytime!

Camps and classes: Summer camps have come to Mudhouse. Whether you are looking for a one day option or a week-long event, Mudhouse offers a variety of themes. Day camps are every other Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and week camps run every other week Mon.-Thurs. from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids will do two to seven projects depending on the camp, including pottery painting and other fun crafts. Just pack a sack lunch and your kiddo's imagination! Price: Day camp is $75/kid; week camp is $195/kid.

Time to celebrate: Birthdays rock at Mudhouse! They offer a variety of two hour time slots Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and include themes like Princess, Hairy (yes, Hairy) Potter and Rockstar, or let your Little choose her own theme. You bring the food and decorations, and patient Mudhouse staff will provide the creativity and a birthday plate for the birthday kid!

Important party details: There is a minimum pottery purchase of $14.50/kid, 10 guest minimum. A $50 deposit is required at time of booking.

Good to know: Mudhouse is conveniently located in Gilman Village, which offers a plethora of restaurants, shops and even a spa and toy store to make mamas and kiddos happy!

317 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
Issaquah, Wa 98027

Where is your little artist’s favorite spot to paint pottery? Let us know in a comment below!

-Erin Cranston

Photos courtesy of: Allison Sutcliffe, Studio2You website, Emerald City Fired Arts, Color Me Mine-Mill Creek Facebook page, Mudhouse Pottery Facebook page & Paint Away Facebook page

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