Saturday, June 9, 2007

It's My Special Day!


It was my special day last Thursday when I went to a pottery shop in Peoria to paint my very own piece. The place is called "Fired Up" and it's got a ton of unfinished ceramics. You just pick out what you want, paint it up, then they glaze and fire it for you. You really don't have to be an artistic genius to make something that looks great. And they've got little tiles painted with all sorts of fantastic-looking (but easy to do) finishes if you need a little direction. I had such a great time there, I couldn't believe I've lived in Central Illinois for 14 years and never done this before. The other town I lived in, Bloomington, has a sister store (also called Fired Up)that used to be "2 Pals Pottery."

Anyway, I modeled this plate after one my mom had for us when we were growing up. We'd pull it out for birthdays or if you got a good report card, or whatever. I don't think she got the plate until I was a little older (maybe 9 or 10) so we didn't use it for a long time. But I figured with a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old in the house, they'd be thrilled to use it for years to come.

3 comments:

a witt said...

If you can believe this, there is one of those places ACROSS THE STREET from where I live, and I've never been in there. I look in the window and can't think of anything to paint. This was a really good idea. Maybe I'll make one for myself. I have special days sometimes...

nicole said...

You should try it! At the place I went to, they had shelf after shelf of unfinished stuff. I promise you if you just walk in the door, you'll have so many ideas of things you could make that you won't even be able to decide which to do first!

Clubbs said...

We have ap lace like that in Cape called "Creative Ewe". I don't know why they went with the farm imagery, but it is still a cool place! We go there every pre-Christmas to make presents for the grandparents. I come up with some design that incorporates their hand, foot or thumbprints on a plate or bowl or something. I like the way your "special day" plate turned out! :)
Brooke