Are reservations required?
Reservations are not required, as we are primarily a walk-in studio, but we highly reccomend it. Not only does this help with our scheduling but also promises you space when you plan to come in.
Our online booking system makes it easy for you to request table, room or even studio reservations! Table reservations are free and other reservations require a fee.
You can read descriptions of all our reservation/party options on the reservations page. If you have any questions please reach out through our website chat, email or call the studio!
Does it matter what table/room reservation I choose?
To ensure we do not have double bookings, all of our tables on our reservations page are numbered. Table numbers 1 - 5 are in the green room and numbers 6 - 9 are in the blue room. All of our tables are set up the same, and each room has the same exact supplies, so it does not matter which table you reserve.
For room reservations/parties you should choose the room that fits best for your number of guests. The blue room comfortably seats up to 12 people but has a max. of 16 people. The green room is more spacious seating up to 24 people.
**If you have a larger group, want more space, plan on having food/drinks, or want to use the space for something other than our art please check out the studio/venue reservations! Contact us with any questions.
What is the difference between glaze and acrylics?
Glaze - Our glazes are water-based, so they will not stain and wash away with ease. Also, they are non-toxic. If you choose to paint your pottery with glaze then when finished you will need to return the pottery to Inspirations to be clear glazed and fired in our kiln. The pottery becomes ceramic, food/drink safe and glossy. To keep your masterpiece in the best condition we recommend hand washing, and do not use in microwave or oven.
Acrylics - Our acrylics are water-based, but unlike our glaze, if left on a surface for too long there is a possiblity of staining. Also, they are non-toxic, quick drying and leave a matte finish. If you choose to paint your pottery with acrylics then you do not return the pottery to Inspirations, the pottery will not be clear glazed or fired in our kiln. These pieces will be strictly decorative, not food/drink safe.
Can I use my own materials on the pottery? (sharpie, glitter, etc)
If you are using glaze then the answer is NO. If you use anything on the pottery other than what we give you, there is a large list of things that can go wrong in the kiln. (Sharpie will disappear and/or react negatively with the glaze, glitter will burn) If pottery is returned to the studio for firing and has materials that we did not provide then we will NOT fire it.
If you are using acrylics then you are free to use anything you wish.
Do I have to wash the pottery?
You do not have to wash your pottery before painting, but you can lightly wipe with a clean damp sponge or cloth if you wish. We have learned it is best not to apply water to the bisque because it can cause issues with the pottery getting too wet and then the paint not properly absorbing. For dust/debris you can even just blow them away or wipe away with a dry cloth before painting.
What kind of pottery do you offer?
Pottery is a loose term, broadly divided into earthenware, porcelain and stoneware. The pottery that we have in studio is earthenware.
We get the pottery from our vendors, who have processed the pieces from clay in to bisque. Bisque refers to pottery after it has been molded from clay, fired to become greenware and then fired again to become bisque.
When glaze is applied to the bisque then it goes into the kiln again for firing. This is the final step, turning the bisque into shiny, smooth and food/drink safe ceramic.
How many coats of paint do you need to paint with glaze?
There are endless opportunities when it comes to painting pottery! You can design your piece however you'd like, but here are the basics:
- Wait for paint to be dry to the touch before painting more coats or adding new designs.
- Spread paint out smoothly and do not leave globs.
- One coat of one color will show lots of brushstrokes and be mostly transparent showing the white bisque or prior painted color beneath.
- Two coats of one color will still show some brushstrokes but it will be significantly less than what it would be with one coat.
- Three coats of one color will give you full coverage. The color will be vibrant and bold with no brushstrokes.
- If you leave an area unpainted it will fire to a shiny off-white color. We strongly encourage you to apply at least one coat of glaze everywhere on your piece. Especially on plates/platters, make sure to apply a background color. This strengthens the pottery, protecting it from crazing (tiny cracks in the glaze from thermal shock, tossing around, age, etc.).