Looking for an artistic activity to do with the kids? Unleash your creativity and take part in some art for children at The Clay Room on the Danforth.
What Is It?
The Clay Room is a unique ceramic store and art studio where you can drop in, purchase a ceramic piece and decorate it yourself, using paints provided by the store. In operation since 1995, The Clay Room has long been a family-friendly Danforth favourite, and is perfect for amateur artists, like myself, who want a quick art fix without the commitment of attending structured classes. The paints are all non-toxic and water soluble. They are also safe for use on plates, cups, platters and anything else you might eat or drink with.
How Is It Done?
Painting ceramics at The Clay Room is easy to do. No appointments are necessary; just drop in during business hours, choose one of the over 300 pieces displayed on store shelves and get ready to paint. Prices range from $4 to $45 plus an additional studio fee, which provides access to the space for as long as you want and all the other materials you could possibly need. Aprons, brushes and 60 different paint colours are at your disposal, along with tools, work tables, stencils and, most importantly, personal advice and assistance. Once you have completed your masterpiece, place it on one of the drying racks, and staff will fire it in the on-site ovens. Your piece will then be ready for pickup in one week.
Who Can Do It?
The Clay Room offers ceramic painting fun for everyone, but is an especially exciting experience for children. According to Desiree Maklin, who has been the owner for the past 6 years, children as young as 18 months have created pieces at the store. You can also bring baby along and create a foot or hand print keepsake. I took my two-year-old, who had a blast painting a ceramic kitty cat, although I did spend a great deal of my time making sure the paint stayed on the kitty and not the rest of the customers. If you are up for the challenge, take along your toddlers, but if you are in the mood for a more relaxing art adventure, you may want to save this experience for older children. The Clay Room also offers packages for birthday parties and school groups, as well as kids’ craft camps during March Break — check out the website for details and pricing on March Break camps.
The Clay Room is not only about art for children, though; adults are welcome too. Private painting parties and corporate team-building events are popular bookings, and the store also offers a variety of special occasion platters, which are perfect for weddings or baby showers. Paint a platter and then purchase an after-glaze pen so guests can write their names and personal messages on the piece. The next time you feel the need to unleash your inner artist, check out The Clay Room on the Danforth!
The Clay Room
279 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, 416-466-8474