About Us

What is The Pottery Stop?

Create art. Create Fun. Create Happy.

Our mission is to provide fun, friendly, and safe opportunities for our community to create and connect. We create happiness!

The Pottery Stop is a do-it-yourself art studio based in Ellicott City, MD that offers kiln-fired and acrylic based art projects, including paint your own pottery, fused glass, canvas painting, and wood projects.

Since 2005, our focus has been offering opportunities for guests of all ages and experience levels to have fun creating art they’ll love and connecting with their friends, family, and themselves.  

What Can I Do?

Think it. Make it. Love it!

The Pottery Stop offers both in-studio and off-site options for creating, including walk-ins, parties, field trips, and our take home Art To Go projects

We always offer Paint Your Own Pottery with hundreds of different shapes, over 75 glaze colors, and dozens of great techniques to choose from. Currently, our other art mediums vary due to availability and safety limitations, but may include Canvas Painting, Wine Glass Painting, Wood Signs, and Glass Fusion.

You can learn more about what we offer below. We’re so excited to create with you!

Love, The Pottery Stop Team

What We Offer

The Pottery Stop is a paint your own pottery and DIY art studio! Pottery painting is always available, however some mediums and tools may be limited or unavailable due to current COVID safety procedures. Check out some of the mediums we offer below or stop by the studio to create today! Reservations recommended.

Pottery Painting

Available Anytime. Create beautiful and functional works of art. Great for all ages and abilities! Perfect for first time visitors.

Ready for pick up in about a week.

Canvas Painting

Available Tues-Fri. Browse our instruction packs or get creative and do your own thing. Great for older kids to adults. Note: Acrylics can stain!

Ready to take home same day.

Glass Painting

Available Anytime. Paint your own custom Wine or drinking Glass! Great for adults and teens. Must be cured in your oven at home.

Ready to take home same day.

Fused Glass

COMING SOON! 

Not Currently Available. Create beautiful and functional works of art. Great for adults and older kids.

Ready for pick up in about a week.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

YES! We are open for in-studio creating! We highly recommend making an online reservation up to two week in advance, particularly on weekends or school holidays. Walk-ins are welcome if we have the space! If you would like check our same day availability, please give us a call or text at (410) 480 0111!

When the weather warms up, we will be able to offer limited outdoor seating.

If you’d prefer to paint at home, take a look at our Pottery To Go site to shop online!

Yes! We offer a wide variety of projects to paint at home! You are welcome to stop by the studio to shop our shelves or visit our online shop to browse our options 24/7 and order online for pick up at the studio. Most orders are ready for pick up in about 1.5 business hours, or you can schedule your preferred pick up time!

Delivery may be available through DoorDash, depending on your location. Pottery must still be brought back to the studio for firing.

If you would like to shop the shelves in studio, please allow at least 30 minutes for you to shop and for us to pack your order. Due to occupancy restrictions, there may be a limit on shoppers in the studio at one time.

To protect our staff, guests, and community, we have instituted additional cleaning and safety protocols. Masks are required at all times in the studio, capacity is limited to less than 50% with tables at least 6 feet apart, visits are limited to two hours, and movement around the studio is limited to encourage social distancing. All materials and tables are sanitized between guests.

You can read our full COVID Studio Guidelines here. By visiting The Pottery Stop, you agree to follow all studio policies and procedures. If you are unable to wear a mask, please visit our Pottery To Go shop to order online for contactless pick up or delivery!

Prices vary, and depend on what you decide to create! Our studio is all-inclusive, so the price you see posted covers your project, materials, and glazing/firing.

You can shop current stock on our online store to get a feel for pricing!

Most visitors spend 1.5-2 hours creating with us. Younger painters will often take less time!

Please Note: Visits are currently limited to two hours as part of our COVID protocols. Read our full studio guidelines here.

Pottery and fused glass projects will take about a week for firing. We will text you when your order is ready for pick up.

Acrylic based projects like canvas, glass painting, and wood signs are ready to take home the same day!

If you need to finish a project, we will happily pack up up to three colors for you to finish at home or you may return to visit free of charge during non-peak hours.

If you are returning to finish a project during peak hours (Weekends + HCPSS Holidays), there may be a $10 sitting fee (per piece) applied. This fee is waived during regular weekday hours (Tues-Fri) or if someone at your table is purchasing a new project.

Due to COVID restrictions, we do not allow food in the studio at this time.

Non-alcoholic beverage are welcome, however masks must be worn at all times.

Please note that as of May 2020 we have closed our coffee bar.

Unfortunately, we do not fire or repair outside pieces/projects at this time.

Note: If you have painted pottery at one of our sister studios found at paintyourownpottery.com, we MAY be able to fire your project for a fee. Please email or text us with photos and details, including the studio’s name and contact info and we’ll be able to let you know if we can help.

If you are looking to have something repaired and it is decorative, consider using a clear glue like e6000 or an epoxy to glue it back together.

We do NOT work with wet clay in the studio at this time or offer wheel throwing.  Unfortunately, we do not fire outside pieces in our kilns.

Please consider visiting our friends at The Clayground in downtown Old Ellicott City when they reopen!

Oh no!  Please send us an email at info@thepotterystop.com with your question and we’ll get back to you in 24-48 business hours.

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