Make a Masterpiece at Paint-Your-Own Pottery and Ceramics Studios

Taking your kids to a paint-your-own pottery studio can be such a fun experience to foster creativity and enjoy a relaxing activity together. The joy of picking out the perfect piece and color scheme along with the pure act of painting peacefully side-by-side is just wonderful. Bringing home your masterpiece as a lasting memory or to gift to a loved one is really special, too! We’ve rounded up some of the best options locally to check out with the kiddos. Get those paint brushes ready for a lovely afternoon of pottery painting!

This article is sponsored by Bothwell Pottery.

Bothwell Pottery

Bothwell Pottery
Brookfield, IL
(708) 710-1771

Bothwell Pottery is a small, private studio in Brookfield focusing on handbuilding and wheel throwing ceramics. Students create original artwork from start to finish in small classes, resulting in functional and decorative art. All supplies, tools, firings and glaze are included with the class fees. Find more about classes at or follow them on Facebook and Instagram

Paint-Your-Own Pottery and Ceramics Studios in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Thrown Elements Pottery
260 N. Evergreen Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 818-1313
Book your studio time in advance, paint your piece during a 1.5 hour session, and they’ll have it ready to pick up in a week to 10 days.

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Bothwell Pottery
Brookfield, IL
(708) 710-1771
Create original ceramics pieces in a small, private studio with handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques. Get more information above!

Color Me Mine
470 Village Center Dr.
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 655-8882
Hundreds of pieces to choose from for studio time open 7 days a week. Pajama night events and to-go kits available, too. Walk-ins welcome.

Glazed Expressions
717 W Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 867-1792
Open studio fee $6 for kids. Summer camps, kids parties and auction parties, too

5339 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60644
Studio time by reservation only. Select your projects from “Art Ala Carte” on their website, along with your preferred date/time to paint with them.

Color Me Mine
1306 Commons Dr.
Geneva, Illinois 60134
(630) 262-9000
Kids and family nights, summer art clubs, private parties in-studio and to-go parties, too.

Ceramic Art Cafe
26 South LaGrange Rd. (Lower Level)
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 579-3033
Stencils, sponges and idea books are on hand for inspiration – pick up your finished masterpiece in about a week.

740 Front Street
Lisle, IL 60532
(630) 393-2529
Classes for ages 8+ years old and an art gallery.

Color Me Mine
2835 Showplace Drive, Suite 107
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 778-1000
Drop in painting for an $8 studio fee, kids classes, summer camps, pet events and field trips, too.

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Art Clay World
4535 Southwest Highway
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 857-8800
Reserve your 2 hour session in advance, and then choose from over 300 choices of pottery and over 80 glaze colors to paint your piece.

208 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 434-5848
Classes for ages 10+ years old as well as a gallery of studio member work.

Arts and Crafts Studio by Mucci World
7913 171st Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 247-2100
Open studio hours, ceramic party options and summer art club for ages 6-14 years old.

Salt Creek Pottery
48 S. Villa Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
(630) 617-9931
Classes for all skill levels and birthday parties for kids at least 6 years old.

Whim, a Studio Space
120 W. Wesley St.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 790-8200
Pottery to paint in the studio, children’s parties, workshops and classes. Pottery to go, too.

If painting pottery and creating ceramics pieces was a hit with your kiddos, keep those creative juices flowing with more fine arts classes!

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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