A Touch of Glaze
                                                                                                         
A Paint Your Own Pottery Studio 


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a paint-your-own-pottery studio?
What does it cost?
What do I do if I can't paint/am not creative?
How long does it take to paint a piece?
Do I need an appointment?
How do I arrange group/party reservations?
Do you have a newsletter?
What do I need to pick up my piece?
Are the finished pieces food-safe/dishwasher-safe/microwave-safe?
How old do you have to be to do this?
Why does it take 3-4 business days before I can pick up my piece?
What if I make a mistake while I paint?
Can I order special items?
Do you offer classes?
Are the paints toxic?
Where are you located?


What is a paint-your-own-pottery studio?
A Touch of Glaze is a new type of ceramic studio for people of all ages to come in and paint pieces of unfinished pottery. 

We have more than 140+ pieces of bisque (unfinished pottery) for you to choose from. You simply select what you would like and let our staff get it for you. 

Look through our idea books, stamps, stencils, and browse our 25 colors to get started designing and decorating your piece. There's no extra charge for colors or time.

Once you've finished your "pottery masterpiece," then you leave it with us for 3 or 4 days to be overglazed and fired to 1808 degrees in our kiln. On your pick up date just bring your receipt back to A Touch of Glaze and take home your bright, unique work-of-art. It makes a great gift for any occasion because it's fun, creative, and uniquely yours. No artistic skill is needed and our friendly staff will give you as much help or as little help as you need.

What does it cost?
Our 140+ pieces of unfinished pottery (bisque) are individually priced from $2.99 to $60, with the majority in the $8 to $25 range. Unlike other studios that charge you extra for colors, firing, or studio time, we use an all-inclusive pricing system, so the price you see on the price tag is what you pay (not including sales tax).

What do I do if I can't paint/am not creative?
A Touch of Glaze is designed with everyone from the seasoned artist to the people like you who might need a little inspiration or help. We have idea books, stamps, stencils, tracing paper, and a knowledgeable staff that doesn't mind giving you help if you want it. No experience is necessary. The time here is about fun and creating a unique work of art.

How long does it take to paint a piece?
How long it takes depends on the piece of pottery and the design you've chosen. The more intricate the piece and detailed the design, the longer it will take. On average we tell people about 1 to 2 hours. Then it takes us about 3 to 4 days to cover it in a clear glaze and fire it in our kilns. After that you can come pick it up and take it home to enjoy.

Do I need an appointment?
No appointment is necessary for individuals and small groups. For larger groups and parties (6 or more) we recommend booking ahead of time. Visit our parties/groups page to find out more about our group rates and how parties work. Our hours of operation are listed below:

Tuesday - Saturday : 10am to 9pm
Sunday: Noon to 6pm
Monday - Closed
*Abbreviated hours around the holidays so it's best to call ahead

How do I arrange group/party reservations?
Our parties/group page gives lots of details about these special rates and requirements. Basically a group of 6 or more who spends at least $8 per person gets a 10% discount or a commemorative plate. Scouts get a special presentation and hands-on activity to go along with badge requirements (if desired). Custom parties are also available.

Do you have a newsletter?
When you come to A Touch of Glaze and choose a piece of pottery you are given the option of putting an address and e-mail address on the routing slip. This information will be entered into our private database to be used for newsletters, specials, coupons, etc. If at any time you decide you don't want to receive anything by e-mail/mail just let us know and we will take your name off our list. And we will not sell or share your information with other companies.

What do I need to pick up my piece?
The receipt is best, but if you give us your last name our staff can find your piece(s) and check the name against our paperwork. We also have all the finished pieces displayed on a shelf by our main desk so you can help find your piece and see it before it's wrapped up to go home.

Are the finished pieces food-safe/dishwasher-safe/microwave-safe?
All pieces are food and microwave-safe. If you use your piece in a microwave, it is recommended that it be hand washed, otherwise a dishwasher is fine. Due to way it is fired and the pressure of the water in a dishwasher, the water can work its way beneath the glaze and the the bisque manufacturer warns if that happens the piece could break when heated, but this is rare. 

How old do you have to be to do this?
People of any age can paint pottery. Infants can participate by doing hand prints and footprints. Kids come up with some great designs and best of all there are no lines to stay in. It's whatever you want to paint. All ages can enjoy painting together, but the younger the painters the more adult involvement we invite.

Why does it take 3-4 business days before I can pick up my piece?
It takes a few days for us to get your piece back to you because there are 3 steps it has to go through once you're done painting it. First your piece must dry completely (approx. 4 hours). Then we dip it in a clear glaze which completely seals it. Once that's dry we put it in our kiln to be fired, which takes around 24 hours. Then we take it out and sand off the stilt marks (the stilts hold the pottery off the kiln shelves so the two don't stick together). Sometimes, if we have too many pieces to fit in the kiln, items need to go into another kiln (which may add a day or two).

What if I make a mistake while I paint?
Mistakes are relatively easy to fix while you're in the painting process. The glazes are water-soluble and can be wiped off or scraped off (once dry) if needed. If you've never done it before you might want to ask the staff for help.

Can I order special items?
If we don't have the item your looking for in our inventory then we can help you locate it through our vendors. Once you've picked the piece and paid a deposit to us we will order it for you and let you know when it has arrived in our studio. Then you can come in and paint it as usual.

Do you offer classes?
We offer classes year around, posted both on our calendar and in the studio. We also have a project of the month that requires no special sign up. The directions are detailed at our studio. 

Are the paints toxic?
All the paints at A Touch of Glaze are non-toxic and wash off hands and clothes with soap and water.

Where are you located?
Our address is 721-1 Meadowbrook Road, Waukesha, WI, 53188, which is 2 miles south of I-94 (Exit 291 Pewaukee) in the Meadowbrook Marketplace (Corner Meadowbrook Rd & Summit Ave).
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For any other questions feel free to call us at 262-524-0231 or Click here to Email us

 
721-1 Meadowbrook Road, Waukesha, WI, 53188
     Phone: 262.524.0231  Fax: 262.524.0271