Amazing Glaze makes it simple for amateur artisans and ceramic virtuosos to produce colorful pottery pieces using a variety of stencils, stamps, and tracing outlines. Start by choosing your desired paint-vessel from a vast selection of more than 400 ceramic compositions ($3–$50), including coffee mugs and dinner plates to adorn kitchens and vases to grow your pet panda's bamboo snacks in. Pick a design from the store's volumes of sample books or enlarge a wallet-sized photo of your homecoming date on the studio's copy machine, select from more than 100 colors, and then create a design for your earthenware masterpiece. For the artistically stymied, on-staff artists will be standing by to assist with the pigmenting process. Glazing, firing, and brilliantly hued paints are included in the $7 per hour studio fee (caps off at $12/day), and polished objects are ready five days later.
Maryland China Co. has a long tradition of ordering fine china pieces from around the world: over a century long, in fact. Today, the staff maintains the shop's reputation by carefully vetting every item in the 1,250-piece collection, which comes from eight countries and four planets. Quality is paramount, so the shop demotes items to the seconds room for minute imperfections, such as slight color variation. A single piece of hand-painted china, such as a cup and saucer decorated with intricate loops and whorls, can take hours to complete. Full tea sets, then, celebrate the careful craftsmanship and leisurely traditions of the Old World.
Despite the large selection of hand-painted wares, undecorated white china and porcelain vases, pots, cups, and bowls dominate the shelves. Sometimes designed with ornate details, such as scalloped edges or antique-style handles, the items are otherwise blank slates for artists. Customers can purchase a small paint set with their china to transform it into a modern work of art with colorful chevrons or 2011 1040 forms.
Shofer’s features one of the largest displays of furniture in the state of Maryland spreading out over 70,000 square feet on five floors; our selection of furniture is incomparable. Unlike most furniture stores in the area, Shofer’s has one of the most unique assortments of furniture styles with prices to fit any budget
Listed in the Washingtonian as one of DC's top tile providers, Architectural Ceramics employs trained design consultants to flesh out customers' skeletal designs, creating individualized bathrooms, kitchen back-splashes, fireplaces, and more. Stop by to browse through 25,000 samples with tiles ranging in price from $5 to $40 per square foot, depending on the collection. Oceanside Glasstile ranges from $30 to $40 per square foot, and Sonoma Tilemakers from $20 to $30. Architectural Ceramics's showrooms also feature green options, created by artisans using natural and recycled materials whenever possible. Its consultants stand by to develop prospective redecorators' ideas with conceptual drawings and work hard to make design dreams come true, except for those that involve live bear-skin rugs.
At Main Street Oriental Rugs, owner Mojan Bagha imports his inventory of plush, handmade floor fur from locales such as Turkey, Pakistan, India, and China. He hand selects his 1800s-era antique rugs, many of which are Persian, in order to verify their quality, ascertain their age, and ensure they fly. Bagha's knowledgeable staff offers in-store and in-home consultations to guide patrons through the process of selecting the perfect rugs. The variety of colors and sizes, including round rugs, stair runners, and mats shaped like King Tut, can fit a range of spaces, and the shop's cleaning and repair services keep fibers in tip-top shape after purchases.
Bazensky's Furniture's sprawling store brims with one of the largest selections of dinette sets, patio furniture, and barstools in the area. Bazensky's also boasts full lines of living-room, bedroom, dining-room, and youth furniture, thanks to a recent expansion. Against muted pastel walls, a massive array of furnishings from manufacturers such as Canadel, Saloom, Flexsteel, Amisco, Trica, and Meadowcraft basks beneath the golden show-room lights. Flexsteel sofas and Vaughan-Bassett solid wood bed-and-dresser sets ($1,000+ each) hail from U.S. manufacturers, and a pair of sturdy Amisco barstools ($300+) is crafted from high-quality North American steel. A resplendent selection of lamps ($99+) and ornate floor coverings ($199+) give any dining room the self-esteem necessary to one day grow into a full-size banquet hall. Patio furniture flanks a bouquet of outdoor umbrellas ($149+), ideal for outdoor gatherings and half-giant flying nannies.