Looking for a fantastic, last-minute, handmade holiday gift idea?  How about paint and glaze ornaments, a personalized ‘handprint’ plate or a glass-fused bowl you can craft together with the kids?

Ornament from KHS Pottery

Ornament from KHS Pottery

Now through December 20th at  KHS Pottery in Ballard you can paint and glaze a fantastic ornament that will be ready in time for Christmas. We love that they have scheduled the classes before and after typical naptimes. A variety of other classes start after the holiday season — think wind chimes, textured cups and pinch pots. Glazed with food-safe, lead-free finishes, your creations will be favorites for the dinner table and beyond.

Paint the Town offers hand and footprint artwork – always a home run for grandparent gifts.  With the ceramic studio’s convenient University Village location, you & the kiddos can work on your art project before or after your other shopping. PS – Check the calendar for “Parent’s Night Out” events, where you can drop the kids while you shop (or enjoy a date night).

If you’re ready to think beyond the homemade coffee mug, a glass-fused tile or bowl from Paint Away at Redmond Town Center may just inspire your inner Chihuly. Throw around a little glass art lingo like  ‘Tack Fusing,’ and ‘Slumping’ and the gift recipient will be awed by your and your kiddo’s creative expression.

–Matina Fresenius