If your little guy or girl has an artsy side, you’ve probably already figured out how much fun it can be to visit one of many local pottery studios. After all, from acrylics used in canvas painting to the messy clay used in ceramics, kids love the chance to pick out a project, get their hands dirty with paint and have their own work of art to bring home and display.
Fortunately for the budding artists of southeast Michigan, there are lots of local pottery studios with plenty of creative arts for kids (and the inspired adults in their lives, too).
Check out these places in Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw and Livingston counties – and tell us in the comments which one is your favorite. Be sure to make your reservations in advance.
Anton Art Center
- Address: 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens
- Phone: 586-469-8666
This center, which also hosts rotating gallery exhibits, offers a variety of art and ceramic classes, including options for families and kids.
Art in Motion
- Address: 19452 Livernois Ave., Detroit
- Phone: 313-980-1265
Offers drop-in pottery workshops and options for private parties, too.
Clayin’ Around Pottery
- Address: 6551 Allen Road, Allen Park
- Phone: 313-386-2529
Choose your pottery, paint it and then pick it up about a week later. Kids’ birthday parties and classes also offered.
Creative Arts Studio
- Address: 114 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak
- Phone: 248-544-2234
Do-it-yourself art studio offering pottery painting, wheel-throwing, mosaics and more. All ages are welcome. Art camps and kids’ art classes also offered.
Creative Keepsakes Ceramics
- Address: Gratiot Crossing Shopping Plaza, 50710 Gratiot Ave., Chesterfield Township
- Phone: 586-948-1990
This Macomb County spot is a full-service ceramics studio. Also offers kids’ birthday parties, classes by appointment and more.
- Address: 924 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth
- Phone: 734-453-8797
Drop-in pottery painting offered along with special classes, camps and parties.
Michigan Art Center
- Address: 32129 Block St., Garden City
- Phone: 734-266-3500
This family art center offers ceramics and pottery classes for almost all ages. Kids summer camps and parties are also available.
- Address: 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit
- Phone: 313-626-2000
Founded in 1903, the nonprofit Pewabic Pottery is among the most iconic local pottery studios, and it offers workshops, classes and youth camps.
- Address: 50652 Sabrina Drive, Shelby Township
- Phone: 586-566-0666
Walk-ins welcome at the studio and all ages are invited to create a work of art. Studio offers plaster, ceramics, mosaic and warm glass work; plus parties and summer camps.
- Address: 105 Maple St., Wyandotte
- Phone: 734-285-4260
Select a piece of pottery, choose your colors and start painting. Kids can also express their creativity with mosaics and glass fusing, take part in a camp or have a birthday party here.
Sugar Hill Clay
- Address: 71 Garfield St., Detroit
- Phone: 313-831-6100
Drop in during open studio hours or call in advance to schedule family pottery painting, birthday parties and kids’ events.
The Bee’s Knees Pottery
- Address: 149 E. Main St., Northville
- Phone: 248-347-6718
Offers pottery, glass fusing, mosaic, canvas painting, summer art camp and more.
The Ceramic Studio Etc.
- Address: 4132 E. Grand River Ave., Howell
- Phone: 517-548-5386
Kids are invited to paint their own pottery or take part in classes and workshops. Birthday parties and camps also offered.
The Painted Pot
- Address: 421 Walnut Blvd., Rochester
- Phone: 248-652-8255
Stop in this contemporary ceramic studio for pottery painting and mosaic work with the kids or schedule a birthday party. Glass fusing and clay handbuilding classes also offered.
Yourist Studio Gallery
- Address: 1133 Broadway St., Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-662-4914
Rounding out our pottery studios list, this spot offers pottery and ceramics classes for adults in addition to occasional classes for kids. Find kids birthday parties and workshops too.
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