Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pottery Works in Lancaster PA

How many of you have bought the Adamstown Inns & Cottages stoneware mugs that we display in our gift shop? I own a pair and they are just perfect for a warm cup of coffee in the afternoon. My favorite thing about them is that they’re super durable and dishwasher safe! The inn buys them from Bujno Pottery, a local shop. The next time you’re in town, I recommend picking up some mugs or visiting Bujno’s online store to pick out a personalized gift as a reminder of your trip. But if you’d prefer to explore your creative side, then visit The Bead & Pottery Works in downtown Lancaster.

With two shops right around the corner from each other, you can choose to paint pottery, or create jewelry from local rocks and minerals. The advantage of making jewelry is that you can take your items home with you that same day. With pottery, you need to leave it to be glazed, which can take up to a week (for a small fee, they will ship your item). To start, you choose from more than 250 pieces of pottery. They offer fun knick-knacks of cartoon characters, and animals. Or you can choose a more functional pottery piece such as a piggy bank, light switch cover, toothpaste holder, or kitchenware. Then you pay a flat fee, depending on the size of the pottery that you chose (typically $10-$20), which includes your paints and time in the studio.

I chose an ice cream cone that doubles as a jewelry box. My friend chose a keepsake box of Woody, from the toy story, and found that it was a much more difficult design. If you happen to be painting for a couple hours and realize that you too chose a difficult design, or you are a meticulous painter, the Pottery Works will hold your artwork, free of charge, for up to one year. You’ll be able to return as many times as you need to, whether it’s during the same trip, or during a different visit to Downtown Lancaster.

The Pottery Works hosts parties, so you could do this as part of a girlfriends getaway weekend. They even allow you to bring snacks, or have food delivered while you’re painting. Or just take your family, or significant other. No matter what age, or whether you’re artistic, you’ll have a fun time sharing the experience with someone close to you. Oh, and don’t forget to ask your innkeepers what pottery pieces they've painted!

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