Looking for a fun, one-of-a-kind Christmas gift? Check out these pottery studios across Metro Vancouver for do-it-yourself ceramics! Not only do you and your kids get to create a unique masterpiece that will be treasured for years to come, it’s also a great way to spend a rainy winter day.
Handmade cups, baby prints, or painted ceramic figurines are just a few of the options that these studios provide. Camps, birthday parties, classes and workshop vouchers also make a great Christmas gift for your little artist!
With ten locations throughout the Lower Mainland, 4Cats makes it easy to get your hands dirty with a clay party! Holiday workshops start at $35 for two people. Each workshop includes a variety of options such as making personalized ornaments, candle holders, or the cutest animal mugs you’ve ever seen! Gift vouchers are available for each specific studio and can be put towards Pro-D day camps, parties, or classes in the new year.
Various locations inc: Main St, Kitsilano and West Vancouver
Boasting an impressive collection of paint-it-yourself, pre-fired ceramics to choose from, Bella Ceramica caters to families and beginners. Pottery pieces start as low as $5 (plus $4 adult and $2 child studio-time) and take about five days to glaze and fire, then they’re ready to go home. Drop in anytime, no appointment needed.
1381 Marine Drive, 2nd Floor, West Vancouver, 604-925-3115
From pottery classes to birthday parties, this studio invites first-timers as well as experienced potters to share their artistic passion. It’s one of the only studios where you can drop in anytime to paint ceramics or form pottery on the wheel. Hands-on learning and laughter is encouraged!
3632 4th Ave W, Vancouver, 604-732-3312
This cozy studio is located upstairs at the River Market at the New Westminster Quay. Sponsored by the Community Living Society, this talented collective of artists and jewelers create works for sale as well as offer support and demonstrations for first-time ceramic painters and potters. It’s best to book an appointment as their creative space is limited, and glaze/firing takes a couple of weeks.
612 Victoria Street, New Westminster 604-553-7332
Drop in anytime and select from hundreds of pieces of ceramics for painting! Add stamps or stencils to your piece, and check out their “Inspiration Station” for creative design ideas. Prices range from $17-$50 per project including paint, glazing and firing. This studio also offers paint nights, parties, and glass fusion for beginners!
17582 56A Ave, Surrey, 604-574-4044
Personalized baby prints are just one of the things that make this studio a hidden gem! Although the studio doesn’t offer drop-in ceramics, their holiday camps for kids (ages 6-16) are a huge hit! Learn wheel throwing or hand building, and book whichever days you’d like over the Christmas holiday. Pick up a coffee at Matchstick or go for a snack at the Gluten-Free Epicurean afterwards.
661 East 15th Ave, Vancouver BC (corner Fraser & Kingsway), 604-568-1582
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