Painting Pottery with Designer Inspiration

For some reason, the recession has left one Atlanta market strangely untouched — there is a paint-your-own pottery shop in every quaint strip of shops in the Atlanta area. In honor of DIY month, we decided to test-run the trend and attempt to knock off one of our favorite ceramic designers, Bailey Doesn’t Bark. Pick up some tips for trying a similar experiment yourself after the jump…

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1) Most paint-your-own pottery places will charge you twice: once for the dishware, and once for the studio time. Go in with a good idea of the piece you want to paint and the look you want to achieve. We went in with the philosophy that Less is More, and used a trompe l'oeil design inspired by Bailey Doesn’t Bark.

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2) You might also try a simple fine-line rendering of birds on wire or trees, as inspired by Jessica Rust Designs.

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3) You should know that no matter how talented you are, unless you bring your own tools, anything you make in a paint-your-own pottery place will never, ever look as good as something coming from one of these professionals. The brushes supplied are fairly thick. See how thick our teabag string turned out!

4) When you go, take a friend and make an evening (or afternoon) of it. Some places allow you to bring your own beverages. With the anxiety of wondering what to paint gone, we found that the leisurely atmosphere made us want to linger, and we wound up adding color to our piece just so we could hang out a little longer!

Has anyone painted their own pottery? Did it turn out the way you hoped? What did you do with it?

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