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. Allowing children to express themselves through art can help develop confidence too and give them something they can be proud of!
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 ready for a lovely afternoon of pottery painting.
Please note that since last year, the owner of Ceramic Art Cafe in La Grange closed due to the passing of owner Sue Martin. The business has a new owner and plans to reopen soon.
Arts on Fire
Located in the Fox Valley Mall
2320 Fox Valley Center Drive
Aurora, IL 60504
Pottery painting, to-go kits, classes, and birthday parties at this space in the mall. Walk-ins welcome. Studio fees are $6 for children and $8 for adults 18+; pieces range from $7 to $75. Most finished pieces are ready in 5 to 7 business days. Note that children under 13 must be supervised by an adult.
Thrown Elements Pottery
260 N. Evergreen Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Book your studio time in advance and paint your piece during a 1.5-hour session. They’ll have it ready to pick up in a week to 10 days. They are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Color Me Mine
470 Village Center Dr.
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Hundreds of pieces to choose from for studio time open seven days a week. Pajama night events and to-go kits available, too. Walk-ins welcome.
Color Me Mine
1306 Commons Dr.
Geneva, IL 60134
Kids and family nights, summer art clubs, private parties in-studio, and to-go parties, too.
Color Me Mine
2835 Showplace Drive, Suite 107
Naperville, IL 60564
Drop in painting for an $8 studio fee, kids classes, summer camps, pet events, and field trips, too.
210 S. Washington St.
Naperville, IL 60540
Paint-your-own pottery studio that also offers birthday parties and events. Call in advance to make a reservation, or check their Facebook page for drop-in hours.
Art Clay World
4535 Southwest Highway
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Reservations encouraged, but not mandatory, and walk-ins are welcome. Choose from over 300 choices of pottery and over 80 glaze colors to paint your piece.
Arts and Crafts Studio by Mucci World
7913 171st Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477
Open studio hours, ceramic party options, and summer art club for ages 6-14 years old. There is a fee of $8 per person per hour to use the studio and materials, on top of the cost of your chosen ceramic.
Mucci World Yorktown Mall
203 Yorktown Shopping Center
Lombard, IL 60148
Open studio hours, ceramic party options, and classes. There is a fee of $10 per person per hour to use the studio and materials, on top of the cost of your chosen ceramic. In August 2023, studio fees are waived to celebrate the studio’s grand opening.
Whim, a Studio Space
120 W. Wesley St.
Wheaton, IL 60187
Pottery to paint in the studio, children’s parties, workshops, and classes. Pottery to go, too. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for more details and updates on classes.
If painting pottery and creating ceramics pieces was a hit with your kiddos, keep those creative juices flowing with more fine arts classes.