I Was All Fired Up in Winter Park
I’m not an artist. I can’t draw, I can’t paint and I can’t sculpt. But the good news is you don’t have to have any artistic ability to have a great time at All Fired Up in Winter Park, Florida. All Fired Up is a local craft store where you can paint your own pottery. Are you ready to learn how to do it?
Step 1: Select your piece
There are probably over a hundred different items you can choose from for every budget: plates, mugs, tiles, bowls, figurines, holiday decorations, piggy banks and more. The plate that I selected was only $12.
Step 2: Find Your Inspiration
The store has many many stencils to choose from to personalize your piece. You could choose plants, animals, foods, holidays, letters, and the list goes on and on. There are hundreds of stamps on the wall that you can also use to trace and paint. Of course if you have that knack for drawing you could do it on your own, but for those who need that spark of an idea, you can find it here. In addition to the stencils and stamps there are plenty of idea books on the shelf to get you started.
Step 3: Choose your paint
Selecting the paint is an important step in the process. You’ll need to paint 3 coats of paint for the pottery to look good. Anything less and it will be “streaky” and look like a 5-year old painted it. The colors will also look different once they are fired in the kiln than what you see on your piece. Aren’t the paint trays cute?
Step 4: Relax and Paint
This is the best part, paint, paint, paint. A plate like the one above took about 3 hours. That’s a lot of time you may be thinking, but time passes quickly. Much of the evening was spent chatting with the friend I went with. You’ll also notice the plate above looks different than the stencil outlines shown in Step 2. It turns out that I didn’t have the patience to paint around each Pineapple Diamond and Grape Circle, so I chose something a little more simple.
Step 5: Don’t Clean Up
You read that right, you don’t have to clean up after yourself! Leave the brushes, paints and sponges right there on the table and the staff will pick up after you. Oh, and don’t worry about making a mess. We were told, if we weren’t getting paint on the table, than we weren’t “normal and they’d be concerned”.
And that about sums up the staff at All Fired Up: friendly, welcoming, great conversationalists and wonderful customer service. As a first time visitor I needed some explaining on how the process works. The manager, Cyn was incredibly patient and frequently visited our table to provide us with helpful hints and strike up a good conversation. At the end we even received a coupon for a free studio fee on our next visit!
Step 6: Pick up Your Piece
In about a week you can pick up your piece after it has been fired in the Kiln. I don’t have a photo available yet as I don’t have the finished piece. Stay tuned for an update.
Before you visit you’ll want to visit the website or call ahead to check for special events and discounts. The studio fee (the charge to paint your pottery) is $8 for adults. But on the night we went to visit, we only had to pay $5 because is was after a certain hour.
You can bring your own food and drink (including alcohol), though soft drinks and light snacks are also available for purchase. Give yourself plenty of time to paint. For a night of painting and the studio fee my bill came to $18. That’s a darn good price for an evening of entertainment AND something you can take home too. It’s perfect for first date, a night out with friends, and afternoon with the kids and even a moment of solitude by yourself. I’ll be back again for sure and you should check it out too!