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.).

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. 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. 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.

When can I come back to pick up fired pottery/glass?

We do not call when art is ready to pick up. Fired art is ready to pick up the following Thursday. *if you turn in a finished mug on a Wednesday it would be ready to pick up the next Thursday, not the next day* We do our very best to finish projects as quickly as possible; although, kiln complications do occur and can delay firing time. We will call you if there are any delays and greatly appreciate your understanding. We will leave a voicemail or send a text message if you do not answer your phone. If you wish to have a project(s) finished earlier than the standard time ask about rushing. We can also ship your project(s)! Ask about shipping.

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. If you are unsure if we still have your art please give us a call or come by the studio. In the past we have been really flexible with our studio pick up policy, especially during 2020, we held on to customer pieces for as long as we could. Please understand we have to keep our shelves organized and make space for more art.

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. For all pottery painting (with acrylic or glaze) you can come back multiple times to work on them or take them home to paint.

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:
  • 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.