Business allows people to express themselves through painting pottery

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By Mallory Bilger

MOUNT WASHINGTON — Art is all about personal expression and local artist Debbie Mantell understands that.

That is why she recently opened Express Yourself paint-your-own pottery studio at 10239 Highway 44 E in Mount Washington.

Mantell was looking for a new life endeavor when she decided to open Express Yourself. She took a ceramics course several years ago and fell in love with painting pottery.

With a flair for the artistic and a love for original pieces, opening a paint-your-own pottery studio seemed like a perfect fit.

“I just decided I would jump in and try it,” she said.

Express Yourself offers hundreds of ceramic pieces awaiting special artists from children to adults to paint. Painters can choose from large plates, platters and serving bowls to small pieces, such as wall hangings, picture frames and light switch covers.

Customers select and paint their piece at the shop and can come and pick up the completed piece about a week later. Mantell said the piece must be cooked and cooled before it is ready for use.

The participation fee for adults is $8, $6 for seniors and $4 for children 12 and under. Pottery pieces are priced individually.

Express Yourself opened its doors in November and caters to all audiences. Mantell said she enjoys hosting birthday parties and special events.

Express Yourself is also offering special children's summer half-day camps. The first session is June 8-12; the second session is June 15-19; the third session is July 13-17 and the fourth session is July 20-24.

Camps will highlight beginner’s pottery painting, tie dye, dishes, sun catchers and more.

All camps have morning and afternoon sessions. Camp tuition is $75 per child with $50 due at the sign up and the balance due the first day of camp.

There is a 15 percent discount for participant fees paid in full by May 25, which is the registration deadline.

Express Yourself is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Mantell at 538-2368.