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  • Are reservations required?
    Reservations are not required, as we are primarily a walk-in studio. Although, we do recommend making reservations on weekends or around the holidays as those are our busiest days. This promises you a space to create. 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 contact us.
  • Which table/room should I reserve?
    For table reservations it does not matter which table number you choose. To ensure we do not have double bookings the tables on our reservations page are numbered. All of our tables are set up the same and each room has the same exact supplies. For room reservations/parties it depends on the number of people. The blue room comfortably seats up to 12 people and the green room is more spacious seating up to 24 people. If you have a larger group or want a flexible venue space check out the studio reservation. Contact us with any questions.
  • What is Inspirations rewards program?
    As a thank you to all of our customers we offer a free rewards program! What you get: Every time you spend $1 in-studio (not online) it earns you 1 point. Every 100 points earns you a $10 off coupon. How it works: Click the green button and enter your phone number on our customer facing payment screen every time you make a purchase at inspirations. This activates your points and every purchase is linked to that phone number. After entering your phone number it will show you how many points you have and will show if you have a $10 off coupon to use. OR Download the free Clover Rewards app on your smart phone or tablet. Create an account on the app before anything, doing so makes it so if you get a new phone or tablet you will not lose your points. You will also be able to log in to your account on multiple devices if you want. Everytime you make a purchase at Inspirations you open the clover app, search for our Inspirations page and then "Check In". When you check in on the app we are able to connect the transaction on our POS system to your Clover account. The points you earn are automatically transfered to your Clover App.
  • 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 wipe away with a dry cloth before painting or leave as they will burn off.
  • How long do you keep customer's finished art?
    After turning in/completing art at Inspirations for us to finish/fire you are told a pick up day. You have the option to subscribe to our "text club" to receive text notifications and reminders. All art is held for 30 days. If art is not picked up within 30 days, it then becomes Inspirations property. The art that is not picked up within 30 days typically are kept as samples, donated or disposed of. If you are unsure if we still have your art please give us a call or come by the studio. In the past we were flexible with our studio pick up policy, especially during 2020, we held on to customer pieces for over a year. Please understand we have to keep our shelves/storage organized and make space for new art, storage space is limited.
  • How many coats of glaze do I need to apply?
    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.).
  • Can I use my own materials on the pottery? (sharpie, glitter, etc)"
    The simple 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, acrylic will melt). If pottery is returned to the studio for firing and has materials that we did not provide then we will not fire it.
  • 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.
  • What is the turn around time?
    We do not call when art is ready to pick up. Your pick up date is given to you at check-out. You have the option to subscribe to our "text club" to receive text notifications and reminders for pick ups. *typically art is ready for pickup the following Wednesday. example: if you turn in a finished mug on a Friday it would be ready to pick up not the upcoming Wednesday, but the following Wednesday.* We do our very best to finish projects as quickly as possible; although, kiln complications do occur and can delay firing time. We greatly appreciate your understanding. If you wish to have your art finished earlier than the standard time ask about rushing. We can also ship your art. Contact us with any questions.
  • Is there anything I can make and take home the same day?
    All pottery at our studio gets fired into functional ceramic. You can come back to the studio multiple times to work on pottery painting projects or do pottery-to-go to create at home. Live out of town? You can paint pottery with our glazes, we will fire it to become ceramic and ship it to you afterwards. Please contact us if you have any questions.
  • I have some old pottery from my grandmother, can I paint it at Inspirations?
    Unfortunately, pottery is not labeled with any specifications of firing temperature or glaze compatability. For the safety of our equipment and customer's work, we can only fire pottery that has been purchased at our studio, Inspirations Ceramic + Art Cafe. However, we do offer acrylic paints for pottery painting. You are welcome to bring in your pottery, use our paint brushes, and purchase acrylics to paint.
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