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Painted Weddings

This is just a small taste of what we offer at the painted plate!! We offer bridal registries, color coordinating, design consultations & tons of fun ideas for making your bridal shower, bachelorette party or rehearsal brunch/lunch/dinner a creative event to remember!! 

Call today (360)705-2103 & book yourself a meet & greet with one of our two "Painted Wedding Gurus" Haley & Stefanie!! We can't wait....seriously, we love this stuff!!

There are tons of ideas for decor, like these awesome succulent bowls and custom sign-in platters.

There are also lots of gift ideas:

A Tradition...

Tis' the season for family traditions! We feel blessed to be a part of so many holiday memories! It has been exciting to hear the stories from our wonderful customers about their first time painting in our store and the amazing gifts they have created over the last 18 years! In fact, we had a young woman come in to paint with her little sister, we giggled with her over stories of items her parents painted with her hand prints when she was just months old and found ourselves in disbelief that she now was old enough to bring her little sister in for some painting memories...! Time flies!! You are making us feel loved up Olympia!!!!! This studio has become so much more than just a "paint your own ceramic" store. We have watched our customers grow and change and we have relished every moment of it!

We have also met many new painters and have frequently over heard the phrase, "let's do this every year!" We love that. What is better than a hand made gift?? What is better than decorating your Christmas tree and and reminiscing about the ornaments your children painted years before?? If you haven't yet, make us a part of your families' holiday traditions!

Keep us in mind for the rest of the year as well! We have the perfect space for a "girl's night out", a team building "conference", a birthday party (any age), a date night, a parent child art escape, baby showers, bridal showers (and registry), your school group project, a commemorative gift, coffee group, work party, themed event, a perfect alternative to a movie or bowling, a fresh creative idea, or anything you can think of!!! Remember we have a HUGE selection... TONS of ideas for easy painting projects...ESPRESSO...APPETIZERS...BEVERAGES of all kinds...beer, wine, soda,tea,etc... Call us to book your next social event! We also have the space for a quiet day of creating by yourself, if you prefer a more intimate setting...WE LOOK FORWARD TO CREATING WITH YOU SOON!

Chevron Everything

It comes as a surprise to many people that we almost always paint all new pottery for our (often elaborate) window displays. Since we change our windows four times a year, you can imagine the amount of creative energy it can take!

To make the process go more smoothly, we employ many of the time-saving techniques (also known as cheater tricks) that we love to share with you, our customers.

The theme for the window we're working on right now is "Painted Weddings," and it's going to be filled with all of the wonderful things that can be painted for a wedding. This includes everything from centerpieces and sign-in platters to gifts for your wedding party.

One of the designs we're using throughout the window is something that has been super popular with our customers lately--chevron! So in the spirit of always sharing our cheater tricks, here is a tutorial I put together while painting the stunning (if I do say so myself) ombre chevron champagne flute pictured above.

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Step 1:

Using a No. 2 pencil and a ruler, I drew a grid all the way around the flute. To get the spacing even, it helps to look down on it from the top and mark off 8 sections, just like you're cutting a pizza.

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Step 2:

Using the intersections on the grid to line up the corners, I put masking tape on the flute in a chevron pattern. After all the tape was on, I used a small rotary cutter (exacto knives work too) to cut off the torn off edges of the tape and make the points of my chevrons nice and sharp. Behind the goblet, the two square vases show what the tape looks like before the razor blade. Putting a sharp knife to the ceramic scores it a little bit, but I've found that the glaze fills it in.

Step 3:

Paint!

I mixed 5 different shades of pink to make mine ombre, but it would also look nice all one color. The image to the right shows mine halfway through the painting process, with some of the tape already removed, and below it's all painted and waiting for a trip to the kiln. 

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Doesn't sound too bad, eh? I can't say exactly how long the chevron flute took start to finish, as I was working on the matching scalloped flute and the two square vases at the same time. With so much painting to do, multitasking is important!

Make sure you swing by and have a look at "Painted Weddings," coming soon to our storefront window!