A few weeks ago on a lazy Saturday morning, a friend brought me to a Tulsa treasure that I had never heard of before – Ceramic Cottage. And I would have never noticed it in its off-the-beaten-path location without her guidance. It is a Midtown ceramic shop that sells to local schools’ art departments, to local ceramic painting shops… and to the general public!
The ladies who run the Cottage are very knowledgeable about all things ceramic, paint options and firing. It’s a family business and the love for ceramics has been passed down along with the studio. They offer many Saturday morning classes to help you learn the basics and get your creative juices flowing.
There are so many fun greenware and bisqueware figures and pottery from which to choose! Items from platters to cake ball stands to garden gnomes to nativity scenes fill their shelves. And I love that they have pieces that would appeal to boys as well – guitars and cars and sports-themed figures. They also offer a wide array of paint types and colors to fulfill whatever color combinations you envision. To top it off, the pieces they sell are so affordable that you can experiment with whatever your heart desires!
I decided to paint “A” and “Z” bookends for my shelves. I couldn’t decide whether to paint them a bright color or something more sophisticated. With the help of my creative friend, I decided on a glossy, almost mirror-like black paint. We took our crafts back to my house to paint that crafty afternoon. A few days later, I took it back to the studio and the Ceramic Cottage ladies fired it for me in their kiln to the right temperature.