Pottery shop offers creative outlet for do-it-yourselfers
October 26, 2010
A professional book illustrator recently opened a pottery painting studio in Grand Lake.
Lisa Tarr, fine arts graduate and children’s book illustrator, said her goal is to offer residents and visitors another “creative outlet” where friends and family can congregate and unleash their inner artist.
Her studio called “Your Art’s Desire” is a refurbished real estate office near the Gateway Inn on Highway 34 at the entrance to Grand Lake that contains various blank ceramic pieces and a large kiln.
Pet bowls, Christmas ornaments, cups, saucers, plates, bowls and decorative pieces await their artistic transformation. With the stroke of a brush, the items become glossy custom-made dinnerware or decor.
Some clients prefer to decorate tiles to create a custom interior look. Tarr said she has one client using the tiles to decorate a wet bar, another client is having each family member decorate a tile to complete a fireplace renovation.
And for those who want to paint for a good cause, Tarr is donating the value of donated painted tiles to Grand Lake’s Trinity Church of the Pines’ “Angels Outreach” program, which provides food assistance and other necessities to individuals and families in need.
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Pottery painting studio time is appropriate for events such as showers, ladies nights, Girl Scout outings, a bridal-party gathering, birthday parties or simply a night out.
Tarr plans to hold First Fridays “Adult Nights,” from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for those who want to engage in a night of visiting and gift-creating, she said.
Or, the studio is appropriate for visitors in search of a memorable Grand Lake souvenir.
Tarr said she hopes to eventually expand offerings at her art studio, such as fused glass and jewelry-making opportunities, clay, molds and mosaics.