Those who maintain they learned everything they need to know in kindergarten will tell you that painting ceramics is an explosion of creative awakening only possibly on par with the popsicle-stick, log-cabin-building and macaroni-gluing that spur childhood imaginations to glowing realms of ecstatic craft-joy. There are more than 400 ceramic pieces to choose to paint at Color Me Mine's two NYC locations in Tribeca and the Financial District. The roomy, comfortable studios are a great place to get friends together for a pottery party, and wildly innovative painted piggy banks make one-of-a-kind, conspicuous gifts. Prices range from $12 to $95, depending on the size of the piece, plus a $12 kiln fee for each item.
Paint plates, bowls, platters, piggy banks, Obama busts, cookie jars, dolphins, mermaids, and mermaid dolphins. Choose your cow cookie jar or Obama bust, then do a pencil sketch of the image you want directly on the ceramic. If you're too shy to sketch in public, fret not: Color Me Mine has paint-by-numbers and a design computer with thousands of images that can be transferred to pieces. Once the sketch is finished, you pick underglazes and start to paint (brushes, glazes, and stencils are included). Color Me Mine's pottery professionals fire your masterpiece for you and have it ready in a week. All the paints are non-toxic, lead-free, food-safe, and dishwasher-safe. And don't forget, Color Me Mine is a perfect event setting for any occasion: a girls’ night-out with built-in souvenirs, a tension-melting corporate team-building exercise, or even an all-ages bachelor party!
People all over the city are getting in touch with their creative sides at Color Me Mine. Yelpers gave painting ceramic critters an average 4.5 stars:
- Color Me Mine is a great alternative to an expensive night out and the best part is that when it’s all over, you get a souvenir! I can’t wait to go back for ladies’ night. – kerry t.
- I really enjoy coming to this place for painting. You can’t beat the rates. I have known some places that charge per hour, but Color Me Mine has a flat fee of $12 + you pay for whatever piece you paint. – Monkeybutterfly.
- The selection of pottery pieces, colors, designs, etc. is enormous. The staff is very friendly and hardworking, and they even explain how to create different effects on your piece. – Dee L.
Art: A Force of Nature
Emory braced his quivering brush before his color palette. He wanted two things from the world: to be connected to something greater, and to win the attentions of his fifth-grade classmate—the fair, eye-patched Leslie.
In Emory’s mind, art was a force of nature, like gravity, or Malcolm Jamal Warner, or a river. Could art's force help him win Leslie? She sneezed suddenly in her hand and opened her palm to stare at it, setting Emory’s heart aflutter. He closed his eyes and let the art flow through him like soft white cheese through a hypodermic needle, dipping into a dollop of October Sky Red and painting his doorway into manhood.