Say it with pottery: Pottery by Me: An artful experience

Say it with pottery
Pottery by Me: An artful experience
By Jennifer LB Leese
Staff Writer
j.leese@picketnews.com

Owner, Vicki Martin grew up here and her business Pottery by Me is a non-franchise, locally owned business, which is labeled as a paint-your-own studio. They are located at 1201 E. Dual Highway in Hagerstown.
The store opened on November 6, 2004 at its current location. Martin used to throw pottery as a hobby, and when the opportunity came for her to open her own shop, she did. She researched what she needed to do, joined an association, and they helped point her in the right direction. With a connection with others in her field of interest, she's doing her best to give Hagerstown residents an artful experience. "When you're given something a little kid made is priceless," Martin said.
Pottery by Me's studio is easy to use and everything is included: stamps, stencils, sponges, idea books, brushes and more. Their experienced staff will lead you through it and it's perfect for even the artistically challenged. Projects include vases, figurines, banks, boxes, Disney characters, desk accessories, picture frames, kitchenware such as canisters, bowls, cups, and platters.
Just come inside, choose your ceramic piece, pick your design, select your colors, and let the magic begin. "After you paint it, we fire it, and give you a call when you can come in and pick up your masterpiece," Martin said.
The studio offers gifts for any occasion such as holidays, birthdays, teachers, graduation, Mother's and Father's Day, Get Well soon and much more. Birthday party packages are available starting at $16.50 per seat. Packages include pottery piece and studio fee. Children's party packages include 2-hour studio time. Cake, snacks/food, and gifts can be brought into the studio to complete your birthday experience.
Pottery by Me also offers step-by-step painting projects, hand building with clay (by appointment), glass fusing, custom designed t-shirts, and object art (color filled glass objects you design and create).
Birthday parties aren't the only parties that take place at Pottery by Me. Think outside the box - office or corporate parties build your team's potential with an outing the entire office will enjoy; bridal and baby showers are great creative fun and participants can create unique gifts for the guest of honor while celebrating a milestone and creating fond memories and since Pottery by Me is great for all ages, don't forget your scouts or students. This is a wonderful way to teach children how to be artistic and to show them that it's ok to just have plain 'ole fun every now and again.
Gifts designed by you are a unique way to tell that special someone how you feel. Martin's studio has everything you need to create a hand-painted gift for any occasion...even design tools to help you along. It's fun and requires absolutely no stress or experience.
Visit www.potterybyme.net and check out their gallery of projects and see what's going on in their calendar events. Be sure to take along their coupon from the Picket News Newspaper in the first week's edition of every month.
Hours of operation during are Monday & Tuesday 10-7; Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10-8, and Saturday 10-6 with Sunday by appointment only during the summer months, and 12-5 during the cooler months.
Pottery by Me is located at 1201 E. Dual Highway in Hagerstown. They can be reached online at www.potterybyme.net, email: info@potterybyme.net, and 301-797-3100.