FAQs

How much does it cost?
Prices vary, depending on what you choose to make. We no longer charge a studio fee, so the price you see includes everything but sales tax!

How long does it take?
Most people spend about 1 to 1½ hours at the studio. Plan on less time if you have young kids or are making a simple project, more time if you're with a large group or working on something with lots of detail.

When can I pick up my projects?
Painted Pottery and Fused Glass are ready to pick up in about one week. Clay and Wheel projects are ready in two weeks. Don't forget to check our
Studio Hours before coming back. They are listed on your receipt, too. 

What do you do with my project after I leave the studio?
Painted pottery is allowed to dry, dipped in a clear glaze, and fired in our kiln. Glass Fusing projects are also fired in the kiln.

I'm visiting from out-of-town. Do you ship?
Yes! Shipping and handling starts at $10.

Can I bring in pottery I purchased somewhere else?
Unfortunately, due to quality issues we cannot glaze and fire pottery that was not purchased at our studio.

I have some of my own clay. If I make some pottery will you fire it for me?
We're sorry, we are unable to fire clay projects that were not created in our studio.

Is The Mud Room part of a chain or franchise?
No, we are a locally owned business and not related to any other studios.

How long has The Mud Room been around?
For over 20 years... can you believe it?! We opened in October 1996.

Didn't you used to be located somewhere else?
Yes, from 1996-2006 we were located near the corner of Ada Drive and Fulton in Ada Village.
In 2006 we moved to a different building in the same shopping center, where we stayed for another 10 years.
In September of 2016, just before our 20th anniversary, we moved to our current studio at Knapp's Corner!

Is the pottery safe to use with food?
Yes! All of our products are non-toxic and safe to use with food. In fact, The Mud Room has
only used lead-free glazes since it opened in 1996!

Can I put my pieces in the dishwasher or microwave?
We recommend that you do not put your hand-painted pottery in either the dishwasher or microwave. 

Is the studio a good place to bring my kids?
Of course! All ages are welcome to create something. Just remember that really young kids may not last very long, and you may not be able to work on your own project while helping little ones.

What if I'm not creative?
We're here to help you! We have idea books, sponges, stamps, clip art, and more. 

I don't live in near Grand Rapids. Where can I find a studio near me?
Check out
www.paintyourownpottery.net to search for CCSA member studios in your area.