On Business: Crazy Glaze Studio & Art Education Center

‘Crazy’ creativity at paint-your-own pottery studio

CorrespondentMay 28, 2013 

  • Crazy Glaze Studio & Art Education Center

    Location: 1322 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina (in the shopping plaza with Food Lion and Roses).

    Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Contact: 919-567-2778.

    Online: www.crazyglaze.net.

    Upcoming events: Grand reopening celebration on Saturday, June 8, featuring giveaways, food, games, a raffle drawing for a free week of camp and more.

— Creativity is flowing again at Crazy Glaze Ceramic Studio & Art Education Center in Fuquay-Varina.

The paint-your-own pottery studio has reopened in its new location after it closed in January to move. Owner Lynne Fish is excited to welcome customers to the studio’s more-spacious home on North Main Street.

“I’m hoping that the customers will see we’re bigger and better,” Fish said.

Before Fish bought the business more than three years ago, she and her family enjoyed visiting the studio to paint. Now she enjoys helping others create their own masterpieces, whether they are painting with their children, participating in a camp, hosting a bridal shower or joining other ladies for “diva night.”

“We've got a lot of very creative people. They come in and do all sorts of things,” Fish said. “I tell them I’m probably as excited as they are to see how it comes out.”

Q: What does the extra space in the new location allow you to do?

There’s more room to move around. We will have new pieces and keep our shelves full all the time.

We had no storage room before. Now we have a storage room, so we have a place for all of our things.

We now have a separate party area for parties and camps. It is set off a little bit from the rest of the studio. So the camps and parties are not right in the middle of everything else and it’s a little more private.

Q: What do you tell people who say they lack creativity?

We have lots of different ways to help them. We have books of samples and have examples of painted pieces on our shelves. We have stencils, stamps, tracing paper they can use if they want to trace a picture and then paint it in.

We’ll give them ideas on how to make it work for them. Even people who say they are not creative end up with pieces that look wonderful. We definitely help them with their ideas and making things work out for them the way they have anticipated.

Q: What type of piece is the most popular?

It depends on the time of year. Piggy banks and little jewelry boxes are real popular with the kids. The coffee mugs are popular with the parents.

Q: What makes the diva nights you host so special?

We have diva night twice a month. Our ladies love the diva nights. Most bring a bottle of wine and chat with their friends and paint while they’re enjoying each other’s company.

It is relaxing. It’s a fun, different type of event that you can do with your friends. Our diva nights usually top out at about 40 people each time.

We’re also considering adding a date night if we have any interest.

Q: You also do corporate events and provide a pottery-to-go feature?

The corporate events are handled like a field trip for adults either at their location or at the studio. They pick a type of piece, such as coffee cups, bowls or plates. We take the supplies, give them directions and provide moral support.

We’ve also gone to a couple of nursing homes, where we take items in a certain price range and they pick and paint their pieces.

Pottery-to-go works out really well, especially for people with very young children. For example, around Christmastime customers can get a bunch of ornaments to bring home and paint at the child’s own pace.

Q: What do you hope people take from the experience at Crazy Glaze?

We want them to have fun, and we want them to be happy with their artwork.

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