In Philadelphia, artistic expression is all around you. Why not make some for yourself by painting your own pottery? Adults and children alike will enjoy the special events like Pajama Parties and Ladies BYOB Night that these pottery joints offer to the optimistically artistic. Bring a date or the entire family for the chance to create something with your own two hands. Choose your ceramic piece, plan a design and start creating a masterpiece now at any of these local studios.


The Expressive Hand
622 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 519-2626

One of the most convenient places for impromptu art making, The Expressive Hand offers a spot to get creative with decorating ceramics, whether you buy a mug from the studio or bring your own pottery. While perfect for a family outing or an outlet for children’s creativity, The Expressive Hand caters to all age groups. In addition to being a BYOP (bring your own pottery), the shop is also a BYOB as long as it’s open, which makes it a great girls’ night out destination. The Expressive Hand offers weekly special events and traveling workshops, so plan to attend or just drop in for some spur-of-the-moment pottery painting

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The Mud Room
11 Station Road
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 896-3887

If you’re looking for a casual environment with absolutely no judgements, The Mud Room is the pottery studio for you. With a large selection of pieces ready for painting, just pick your poison and set out on your own creative adventure. The Mud Room’s staff is friendly and willing to help if you wander off your path to artistic achievement or need guidance on the next step of the journey. The fully-stocked arsenal of brushes, paints, glazes and stencils will make it easy to create a work of art (or labor of love), whether it’s a birthday gift, decorative home accent, special coffee mug or just proof that you have artistic talent. Bonus? If you’re making a gift for someone and decide it’s too awesome (or awful) to give away, the shops at Suburban Square are just a block away.


All Fired Up
602 Haddon Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
(856) 833-1330

Just over the bridge from Philadelphia, All Fired Up is much more than just a pottery studio. It plays host to fundraisers, summer camps, private parties and of course, opportunities to paint your own pottery. From themes like Dog Days to Dad Days, All Fired Up offers entertainment and variety for the young, old and in-between. Head there for food and fun during Diva Night, children’s book  readings and painting during Story Time or on any regular night for an original and interactive first date. Don’t forget the glasses and a bottle of wine – you’ll impress both your date and yourself as you decorate a little, laugh a lot and leave at the end of the night with a whole set of bowls, or whatever you fancied painting.


Color Me Mine
109 W Lancaster Ave
Wayne, PA 19087
(610) 687-9777

With a focus on bringing out the artist in everyone, this studio attracts both children and adults alike to its creative medium. Between painting pre-made pottery and interacting with the staff, Color Me Mine will amuse children of all ages. Seasonal special events bring something different to the table every month, including discounts and entertainment at Pajama Parties, Family Day Sundays and Two For Tuesday. Color Me Mine offers about 400 different pieces to choose from, starting at $12, and even has a program for brides complete with a gift registry and bridal shower package. Whether you’re looking for some adult fun or entertainment for the kids, Color Me Mine supplies the means and mastery for you to paint pottery to your heart’s desire.


Bella Mosaic Art at Tesserae Studio Gallery
6780 Germantown Ave
Mount Airy, PA 19119
(215) 848-2110

For something a bit more advanced than painting pre-made ceramics, consider trying your hand at mosaics and tile-making. Your experiences at Bella Mosaic Art give a genuine idea of the art because it takes place in a working artist’s studio. You don’t even have to worry about bringing materials because they are generally included in the price. Drop-in classes for adults run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but you can book an away session at your home, business or charity for parties or even corporate team building. Children, families and adults can follow their creative flare at Bella Mosaic Art by decorating ceramics instead of painting them, as well as see an artist’s methods and works of art.

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