Get the FAQs here!
I’ve never been to Do It Yourself Crafts. How does it work?
It’s easy! You come in, pick out a project to paint (we’ve got a LOT of items to pick from), paint it, leave it with us to be glazed and fired in the kiln, and come pick it up when we’ve texted you that it is ready! We have so many things to pick from – plates, bowls and mugs; home décor and seasonal items; pet bowls and treat jars; figurines of every type and size; banks and more!
Do I need a reservation? Or are you accepting walk-ins?
Walk-ins without reservations are accepted, but you can always make a reservation if you want to guarantee your table! Our busiest times tend to be right after lunch, so if that’s when your plans have you coming to paint, we recommend calling to let us know you’d like a table. If we are full, we can generally let you know how long it will be until we think a table will be available.
What are your hours?
We are open Monday-Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 12-6.
Can I take my project home with me the same day?
Everything we are doing right now requires a kiln-firing process before it can go home, so your items will stay here for a few days while we take care of that. Most items are ready within a week, although clay and stoneware projects will take a bit longer.
What projects are you offering?
Currently, we are offering paint-your-own-pottery, which includes clay impressions and stoneware.
Do I have to come to a class or a party to come paint?
Not at all! Anytime we are open you can come in to create with us!
Do you still offer pottery-to-go?
Yes! If you’d like to take pottery and paints with you to paint at home, that is still an option! You can pick your items and colors and we’ll pack everything up for you. You’ll return it all to us – including the extra paint you don’t use – and we’ll fire it for you. This is great if you are travelling and want a project for your trip, or if the hours we are open aren’t the ones when you’d like to paint.
Can items go in the dishwasher or microwave?
Low-fire earthenware can NEVER go in the microwave. If you’ve ever put something in the microwave and had the container get hotter than the food inside – that’s low-fire earthenware. Most of what we have at Do It Yourself Crafts is also low-fire earthenware, so we say do NOT put them in the microwave. As for the dishwasher, items can chip if they knock up against other items in the dishwasher, so we recommend that you hand-wash your hand-made items.
What about stoneware? Can it go in the microwave, dishwasher and oven?
Yes, yes and no. Because it is a vitrified clay body, stoneware can handle the microwave and dishwasher. But I don’t unload a kiln at 350 degrees, so I won’t tell you it’s okay to take an item out of the oven at 350 degrees. I’m worried about thermal shock, which is not fun at all!
When can we do glass fusing?
Glass fusing is offered as a class only right now. Like so many things, glass supply has been affected by the events of the past year and a half. We’re hoping to have a more regular supply available soon.