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Who Needs BYOB When You Can PYOP?

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tucked in the middle of Old Town Fairfax sits Paint Your Own Pottery, a quaint, sorbet-colored brick studio that is bursting with charm and personality. From the twinkle lights framing the front window to the brightly colored checkered floor, it practically begs you to come inside, pick up a brush and get to painting.

No Michelangelo-like skills needed here. Over the past fifteen years, owner Susanna Ekvall’s shop has welcomed any and everyone, whether you’re a kindergarten watercolor genius or just looking to do something a little crafty. From cups and saucers to pasta bowls, plates and other knickknacks, PYOP has shelves lined with over 600 blank canvases just ready for your artistic touch. Prices of the pottery vary from piece to piece. Paint, glazing and firing costs are an additional $7. Expected return-from-the-kiln time is about a week or so.

Whether you’re having a girls’ night, special group outing or birthday celebration, PYOP offers several types of party packages. Though it should be noted: all painters require a reservation. Walk-ins are not welcome; due to scheduling and space restraints, they ask that you call to set up a time to paint at the studio.

Round up six or more of your son or daughter’s closest friends and have a Picasso Party for $17.99 per child. Or upgrade to a Renoir Party for $23.99 each, that includes pizza and drinks in addition to the pottery and painting supplies. What about pottery to-go? For those wanting to ring in a child’s birthday without leaving the house, a Party on Wheels is just the pre-planned package for you. Pick out the pottery pieces, paint colors and supplies, and for $15.99 per child, head home for a private, take-your-sweet-time arts session. Just bring them back to the studio when you’re done and they’ll send them away to be glazed and fired (no pink slips involved).

Instead of the usual dinner-and-a-movie, how about designing your next ice cream bowl, favorite coffee mug or special dinner plates? PYOP is a great place to help put the fun back in date night, or any night for that matter.

This summer features special events, in honor of the past decade and a half that Ekvall, originally from South of Venice, Italy, has been running the studio. They include:

- Mondays & Wednesdays, starting July 11, from 2-4 PM: Tiled mirror & tabletop painting (ages 6 & up)

- Tuesday & Thursdays, starting July 12, from 10-11 AM: Teeny Tots Story Time & Disney character painting

And that’s not all – make sure to print out these handy-dandy coupons to save a little money in your next painting extravaganza.

Paint Your Own Pottery
10417 Main Street
Fairfax, Virginia 2203
(703) 218-2881

Hours: Monday: 11 AM-5 PM

Tuesday: 11 AM-6 PM

Wednesday: 11 AM-5 PM

Thursday & Friday: 11 AM-6 PM

Saturday: 10:30 AM-5 PM

Sunday: 12-4 PM

For pottery pick-up: Monday-Saturday from 12-5 PM

Sunday from 12-4 PM

- Lorin Drinkard

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