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Paint-your-own pottery feeds the creative side

Georgia Fernandez works on a kitten while Jack Lowrie paints Kermit the Frog. Photos by Melissa Lowrie

Canoe Kids

By Melissa Lowrie

  Melissa Lowrie

If you’re looking for a little creativity to spice up a chilly afternoon, a local paint-your-own pottery studio will fit the bill.

Talking Rock Pottery in Jasper, just north of the Wal-Mart on 515, is owned by the Poole Family. Heather, her husband Jason and their two sons opened the business last January and have been filling an artistic need in the area ever since.

The Canoe Kid testers for this outing were two fourth-graders and two sixth-graders. We arrived on a Saturday after lunch and were welcomed by Jason Poole. He gave us the rundown on the process which began by picking your piece (or pieces in our case).

There are shelves and shelves full of choices, everything from tiny birds to a very large bulldog. The pieces are well marked with stickers indicating a price. I spent $20 per child and they all picked two nice-sized pieces. The price included everything from start to finish; including clean-up, paint, firing and use of a smock.

  Choices abound when picking a piece to paint

After the difficulty of choosing what to paint—there were a lot of possibilities—it was time to pick the colors. There was a wall of neatly stacked paints and the kids chose whatever appealed to them.

We picked a table and Poole showed us an example of what a glazed and fired piece would look like with one, two and three coats of paint; then they got down to business.

Two hours later I wondered why I hadn’t painted my own masterpiece ... but the kids were having a great time. After completion, you or your artist will fill out a little tag that goes with the piece to the shelf to await the kiln.

The pieces are baked every Thursday and we were told to come back and retrieve our completed pieces after school on Friday.

The paint choices are plentiful: Kermit, Key Lime Pie and Lime Ricky were a few from the green section.

It’s been a long time since we had a consensus among the testers, but everyone was happy and content for the duration. One of the girls is ready to host her next birthday party there ... after she asked to buy some clay to take home. Those are sold in 25-pound blocks, however, so we opted out.

While the kids were creating, there was an adult pottery class with students learning to use a pottery wheel in the back. In addition to classes for kids and adults, Talking Rock Pottery sells a full selection of ceramic supplies.

The Canoe Kids enjoyed some creative time at Talking Rock Pottery. Classes are offered for adults and children.

This was a fun thing to do with the kids—perfect for a winter afternoon while the troops are out of school for the holiday.  

For hours of operation and upcoming events, check them out on Facebook or call the studio at 706-253-3520.

Enjoy the season with your Canoe Kids. Paint some pottery, take a hike or dust off the board games. Wherever you end up, have a great time.


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