Pottery studios have become the new hot spot for a date night or a ladies night out, complete with wine. Of course, there are plenty of options to teach the kiddies how to craft with their hands too, along with locations that boast fabulous children’s parties. The five best studios for DIY pottery in New York City are featured below, which also includes art exhibits that display unique work.
Mud, Sweat & Tears Pottery
654 10th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
For over 32 years Mud, Sweat & Tears Pottery has decorated the city streets of Hell’s Kitchen. The summer semester of classes began July 6, with 10 weeks of classes for all levels of pottery design. Get social with Mud, Sweat & Tears Pottery Friday Night Out, and meet like-minded artisans in a “tranquil, creative alternative than the typical bar scene.” Wine tasting and pottery nights return in the fall. Imagine what handiworks result from combining spirits and clay?
La Mano Pottery
110 W. 26th St.
New York, NY 10001
Relive the “Ghost” experience with a wheel workshop, or enjoy one of the weekly classes for all levels ages five and up at La Mano Pottery in Chelsea. Crafting silver clay is an interesting touch, delivering unique pieces of handcrafted jewelry that are 99.9 percent pure silver. La Mano’s gallery features work from its studio potters, which entices the curious to take a pottery class.
16 Jones St.
New York, NY 10014
Greenwich house was founded in 1902 to acclimate immigrants to New York and the country. Today, the organization enhances lives through social programs, arts and education. Greenwich House Pottery offers classes for all, including after-school programs for kids.
993 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10025
MUGI Pottery’s colorful façade offers a warm welcome for both kids and adults. From couples’ night classes to birthday parties for all ages and bridal showers, the studio teaches basic pottery techniques. If crafting pottery isn’t your speed, MUGI also sells its beautiful handmade creations as gifts. The MUGI team organizes field trips to Sag Harbor for a full gas kiln experience.
Little Shop of Crafts
Westside Little Shop
711 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10025
Little Shop of Crafts certainly isn’t full of horrors, but instead tiny treasures of pottery, plaster craft, mosaics and create-a-cuddly. There are after-school programs, classes, summer camp and more for children aged 2 to 15. Little Shop of Crafts throws detailed parties for all ages. Although the shop seems to cater to youngsters, it does host a Girls Night Out and a Moms Night Out. Best yet, the studio offers complimentary wine Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
Deirdre is a freelance writer from New York, fascinated with topics within her field of study such as beauty, hair and fashion, as well as guilty pleasures like reality TV, relationships, entertainment and dining.