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 those paint brushes ready for a lovely afternoon of pottery painting!
Paint-Your-Own Pottery and Ceramics Studios in Chicago’s West Suburbs
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.
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.
Create original ceramics pieces in a small, private studio with handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques.
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.
717 W Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Open studio fee $6 for kids. Summer camps, kids parties, and auction parties, too
5339 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60644
Projects for any skill level including paint your own pottery, canvas painting, or mosaic making. Drop in anytime during their business hours.
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.
Ceramic Art Cafe
26 South LaGrange Rd. (Lower Level)
La Grange, IL 60525
Stencils, sponges, and idea books are on hand for inspiration. Pick up your finished masterpiece in about a week. $8 studio fee per person.
740 Front Street
Lisle, IL 60532
Classes for ages 8+ years old and an art gallery.
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
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
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
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
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
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!