Walk in any time to paint your own pottery at Art at The Bodega!

  •  Choose from over 600 different pieces, all of which are food-safe once kiln-fired.
  • Discover the artist within (yes, he/she is there!) our great staff members are available to help you.  We have lots of fun ideas and tools to use to create your ceramic masterpiece.  You can use stencils, sponges, tape, silkscreens, vinyl, macaroni, stamps, and so much more!
  • We will take care of your finished art after you leave, letting it dry, dipping in a clear food safe glaze if needed and cook it at approximately 1828 degrees in one of our kilns and you can pick it up approximately 7 days later.
  • If you want to schedule a ceramics party, we can set you up in one of our party rooms.  We do require a reservation of 8 for kids and 10 for adults and there is a $50 deposit required as well.  You can read about booking a party here.

FAQ

What can I make?

We have the largest selection of any studio in Central Illinois with over 600 pottery items to paint including cups, plates, bowls, useful household/kitchen items and a great range of fun kids pieces. Our creative classes are designed to help everyone, no matter their perceived artistic ability, to make something memorable.

How much does it cost?

We only charge for the price of the piece selected. There is no additional studio or sitting fees.  We do have some specialty glazes that can be purchased separately and some advanced glazes that require an additional firing charge. Our pottery pieces range from $10.00 to $100.00 with most pieces priced between $16.00 and $35.00.

Do I need to be an artist?

Not at all, that’s part of the fun! We provide all the guidance and equipment necessary for everyone to produce something very special, regardless of their artistic ability. We have some easy, simple painting techniques that will help even the most un-creative person make something to be proud of.

Can I use the pieces I create?

Yes, you can. We use only non-toxic paints and glazes. All our finished pieces are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe. (Although we do recommend treating your pieces like fine china so that they last for generations to come.)

How long will it take to make something when I come in?

It really depends on the size of the piece, the detail of your design and the techniques used. Most pieces can be finished within a couple of hours. However, since we do not charge an hourly studio fee, you can relax and take as much time as you need.

What if I run out of time and don’t finish?

If you don’t finish your artwork in one visit we ask that you pay for your piece at the end of your first visit and take it home with you. You are welcome to come back and finish it another time, and there is never an additional fee.

What is the minimum age to create?

Our customers range in age from 2 months to 100 years. We are the perfect venue for family fun across all generations.