Looking for a new twist for your holiday traditions? Hand-painted Christmas gifts, ornaments to commemorate a special event, and even plates for Santa’s cookies can be made right at home or with your favorite group, thanks to Austin’s only completely mobile paint-your-own-pottery studio, Brush Strokes Pottery.
Austin resident Courtney Harding founded Brush Strokes after she visited a studio in Boulder, Colorado in 2006 and “fell in love with the quaint atmosphere and nature of the art. My mom is an incredibly talented artist, and growing up we were always surrounded by art and creative thinking. It was like the universe was speaking to me to tap into that creative side and try something a little outside of the box with Brush Strokes. Not being someone who runs from a challenge … I jumped.”
Mobile Pottery Painting Parties
Being mobile allows Brush Strokes to bring all of the pottery and painting supplies to events held in homes, schools, offices, restaurants, and even parks. Harding said her most popular requests are children’s birthday parties and “Mom’s Night Out” parties.
“I want everyone who paints with Brush Strokes to have a great experience. Kids are still so filled with creativity and imagination that they love painting. We joke about music and pop culture, and we dance around with them. With grown-ups, we are very hands-on with teaching techniques so they feel they will have a finished piece they will be proud of. We are very focused on engaging each audience during parties and really try to teach techniques in a fun way.”
Harding said adults tend to be more timid about the creative process than kids. “But, we reassure them and tell them we have tons of tools – tape, stamps, stencils, etc. – to help them paint. My favorite part of grown-up parties is what I call the ‘hush factor.’ Once everyone gets situated and begins painting, there is a silence that always falls over the crowd because everyone is so invested in their piece.”
She said it is at these moments, “You will find me smiling in great joy!”
Harding said adults often don’t get to “play” on a day-to-day basis, and that painting pottery in a group setting is a perfect way to do so.
“My favorite thing about the business is bringing joy to people, whether that be in a custom-painted piece or by letting them relax and experience a great time with friends. Bottom line is, pottery painting should be fun! Brush Strokes offers a chance for Austin to shake it off and simply create.”
Brush Strokes also provides custom-made pieces for those who have larger orders or just want something with a professional touch, for example a wedding platter or a child’s first footprint.
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