Let me preface this post with the statement: “I’m a craft nerd”. A big time craft nerd.
So when the opportunity rose to join some friends at Do Art – a ceramic, pottery and mosaic studio in Gainesville – let’s just say there’s wasn’t too much convincing on my end.
This place is amazing! If you’re looking for a huge design studio and fun times at a low price, we highly recommend you give it a whirl.
It’s great for family nights, going alone, classes or groups and the best part is it suits anyone’s ability level. You don’t have to be a Picasso to take part in these fun projects.
See more photos from our night at Do Art here
Ceramic figures and mosaic options line the walls of this studio.
Here’s how it works:
Mosaics: There is a wall of items you can decorate along with all the tiles, glue and clippers you need to get started. From picture frames to mirrors, ornamental items, shapes and more.
Grab as many tiles, glass or mirrored pieces as you like and get the process started. They’ve got clippers so you can really get custom with your piece and books to nudge you along a design style if you don’t have one in mind.
After glueing a design on your piece, the Do Art team takes care of the gritty work – grouting and sealing the tiles.
Ceramics: Select any of the great pieces they offer from: figurines, frames, mugs, plates, genie lamps (sans-Genie), piggy banks, vases and in our case a cuddly monster/dinosaur.
Choose your paint colors based on their finished samples and get to painting. There are other tools to enhance the piece like pens, beaded inks, sponges, etc so you can get as crazy or as detailed as you want.
Once completed (and we suggest layering on the paint – at least three coats) Do Art glazes and fires the piece which is ready for pick up in about a week.
The studio use fees are: $6 for children under 12 | $9 for adults | $6 for seniors over 60 years for all the paint, brushes, glue and tiles you’ll need on top of the cost of the piece you choose to decorate. Many items are under $10 while the bigger pieces range around $35.
You know we love contests. We chose this little guy/girl as our new CMC buddy.
What do you think we should name him/her?
Here’s a before and after – we’ll post a pic next week when we pick up the finished product and choose a winner on Wednesday June 1st.
The person with the winning name will get a FREE PIZZA from Five Star Pizza on us!
We’ll take applications from replies to this post on the blog or on Facebook, so get to it.