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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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. 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.
When can I come back to pick up fired pottery/glass?
We do not call when art is ready to pick up.
How long do you keep customer's finished art?
Art must be picked up within 60 days from completion date, after 60 days it will belong to Inspirations. Then these pieces are either disposed of or kept as samples.
Is there anything I can make and take home the same day?
We have acrylic paint as an option for pottery painting. Great for anything decorative, as it will not be fired to become ceramic or food/drink safe. Good to take home the same day.
What is Inspirations rewards program?
As a thank you to all of our customers we offer a free rewards program!
Every time you spend $1 in-studio (not online) it earns you 1 point.
Every 100 points earns you a $10 off coupon.
Text codes that print out on your receipts everytime you make a purchase.
Once you earn 100 points you'll receive a $10 off coupon through text. You have to save that text and show it to use at check out. If you delete the text with the coupon there is no way for us to look it up.
Points will never expire once they are on your phone, but the codes on receipts expire after 20 days so make sure to text right away before you forget!
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 and does not involve any texting.