Paint Your Own Pottery in Wisconsin
Creating Unique Ceramic Art Has Never Been Easier, or More Fun!
A beautiful ceramic work of art is inside you – let it out at Creative License® in Hartford, WI. We’ll help you find your inner artist as you paint or make your own ceramics!
Plates, mugs, bowls, and platters; figurines, piggy banks, boxes, vases, candle holders, cookies jars, tiles, and the list goes on – we offer a symphony of ceramic pieces in hundreds of shapes and sizes, with a wide range of functions for you to choose from. Our glaze color options are just as diverse as our selection of ceramic art pieces. Made from pre-formed ceramic bisque, once glazed and fired in our kiln, your pottery or ceramic piece will be ready to use.
How it Works
- Start by choosing the ceramic piece you’d like to paint
- Pick out your glaze colors – we have a rainbow of paints in solid, speckled, and glitter options
- Choose your design tools – pick from a wide selection of sponges, stamps, stencils, silk screens and more
- Once you’re finished painting, leave your projects with us and we’ll kiln fire it.
Don’t see a figure you want to paint? You can hand-sculpt or throw clay on a pottery wheel to make whatever you want. Pottery wheels must be reserved in advance, so please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Your sculpted clay will have to be fired in the kiln before you can begin painting.
Our Creative Consultants will walk you through the best painting techniques for your desired results. Kiln fired pottery pieces are typically ready for pick up 1 week after your initial visit.
Ceramic Pottery Products for Painting
The Creative License studio is full of ceramic figures ready to be painted. Pieces are available in different sizes for painters of all skill levels. We even have specialty pieces like coin banks, lamps, and nightlights. Our ceramic products include:
- Mythical creatures
- Sports figures
- Decorative add-ons
Be sure to stop by year-round to see our seasonal holiday ceramics. Learn more about our holiday art projects.
Watch Brian Kramp of Fox 6 Real Milwaukee try out bubble and marble painting on a ceramic plate:
Learn New Ceramic Painting Techniques from the Experts
Our Creative Consultants are happy to teach artists of all skill levels new techniques for creating cool patterns on ceramic.
- Bubbling: First, you start by blowing bubbles of paint with a straw. The bubbles are then brushed off onto the ceramic piece. The bubbles leave behind a wonderful paint pattern as they dry. No two are exactly alike! Recommended for plates and other flat pieces of ceramic.
- Marbling: You put multiple paint colors onto a sheet of aluminum foil. You then place your ceramic piece inside and roll up the foil around the item. Roll it around as much as you want to cover every section. The end result is similar the patterns seen on marble stone. This works best of mugs, cups, and round ceramics.
- Stenciling: You apply a paper or lace stencil to your ceramic piece and paint over it. The paint will fill in the gaps from the stencil to leave behind a colorful design.
We have many other techniques to learn. Sign up for one of our art class events for a lesson! We have a variety of events year-round, so there is always something new to try. Learn the best way to paint ceramic pottery directly from our Creative Consultants. Seats are limited, so be sure to reserve yours in advance!
Take Home Pottery Painting
Creative License® now has take-home pottery kits! First, stop by our studio to browse all the pottery options. Make your choice and you’re ready to head home. Just don’t forget you’ll also need to bring paint and brushes with you. You can take 3 of our brushes by paying a $5 deposit (refunded upon return of the brushes with a receipt present). Next, travel home with your ceramic piece and paint! Once you’re done, bring the pottery back for firing in our kiln.
By taking pottery home, you can have additional privacy and control while creating art. Put on some music or a favorite movie for inspiration. You can take all the time you need to make the perfect piece of art.
Kids love all the fun figures we have available. If you have an upcoming birthday party or sleepover at your home, these take home kits are a perfect party activity. You can keep an eye on all the everyone without worrying about arranging transportation or chaperones. Adults love using these kits as well during a guy or girl’s night in.
The Perfect Art Party
Looking to host the perfect party, combining creativity with a memorable gift? Art parties at Creative License® are exactly what you’re searching for. Get the girls together for a ladies night out, celebrate a birthday or bachelorette party, bring your scouts troop in - no matter who you are or what you do, at Creative License®, you have the power to create something beautiful and long-lasting!
Our Creative Consultant will assist your group with everything from tips to cleanup. These ceramic painting parties are appropriate for all ages, which is why we offer parties for kids and parties for just adults. Kids love the chance to pick their own ceramic figures like dragon, fairies, and animals. Adults tend to go with more functional art, selecting from our wide variety of mugs, bowls, and plates.
- Projects range in price from $10 up
- Pottery parties are required to spend a minimum of $300+tax
- Pottery is kiln-fired & ready for pick up in about a week
Customize Your Ceramics with Clay Sculpting
Have something specific in mind that’s not available as a pre-made ceramic figure? Unleash your imagination by sculpting clay! Our studio has clay available so you can create your own custom ceramics. The process is simple: you sculpt the clay however you want and our Creative Consultants will then fire it in the kiln for you. After the firing, you get to paint your creation. A final firing will complete the piece so you can take it home. This process takes about two weeks from start to finish.
Our studio offers pottery wheel classes for artists who want to improve their abilities. Two people are allowed at a time to take lessons. Sign up by contacting Angela directly.
Handmade Gifts from Hartford Art Studio
Looking for ideas for affordable birthday and Christmas gifts? Creative License® has many ceramic figures and pieces ideal for presents. Paint a dish set as a practical gift or give a fun piggy bank to your kids. Don’t forget a gift card!
Our studio has special holiday art projects throughout the year. We offer Christmas ornament painting parties suitable for artists of all ages. Host your holiday party at our Hartford, WI, studio or at your own location.
Pottery Painting FAQ:
Q: Is there an extra fee for paints and firing?
A: No, the shelf price is the final price - plus tax. Guests are also welcome to share a project.
Q: How old do you have to be to paint?
A: Any age! Our paints are all water based. Kids can paint with brushes or use their hands. Our paints clean up easier than food.
Q: What if I'm not "creative?”
A: Everyone is creative! Think of this as creative entertainment. Pick a shape you like then browse the technique tiles by our paint counter for inspiration. We have a wide array of fool-proof design tools, stamps, sponges, stencils, and more to get your creative juices flowing.
Q: Can I use my ceramic creation?
A: Yes! Once kiln-fired, our paints are the same glossy shine you would find in the store. Treat your piece like fine china - hand washing is best. Projects like pots and sculptures intended for yard or garden decor can remain outdoors and brought in for the winter months.