• It’s #NationalPastaDay

    Did you know that October 17 is #NationalPastaDay? It’s a great day to celebrate one of the world’s favorite foods.

    Pasta dates back to 1154 A.D. Italy. In fact, Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the Americas after tasting it in Naples, Italy when he was the American Ambassador to France in 1785.

    There are over 600 pasta shapes in the world, each with a different name. Check out #ClayCafeStudios hand-painted pasta bowl for some of our favorites.

    FUN FACT: A typical Italian person eats over 60 lbs. of pasta a year. A typical American eats around 20 lbs. a year. Wow!

    So join us for #NationalPastaDay and come paint a bowl to hold your favorite noodles!

  • Gobble, Gobble ‘Til You Wobble

    It’s time to gobble, gobble ‘til you wobble. Thanksgiving is a great time to connect with friends and family. In the spirit of the holiday, here are some things you can do together.

    Pottery

    Come paint a platter for your turkey or a special plate or plaque about being grateful. Painting is a great activity you can do together to create lasting family memories. We have lots of plates, platters and bowls that would be perfect for serving your Thanksgiving favorites. Cookie plates, platters and message plaques also make great hostess gifts.

    Food

    Kids love to cook, so why not get them involved in the process? If they help with the preparation, they will be more likely to eat what they make. Here is a delicious and easy recipe for pumpkin cups you can make with your kids. Dessert is the best part of thanksgiving, right?

    Kids Thanksgiving Recipes

    DIY Craft

    To help you and your family and friends count their blessings and express how thankful they are for all they have, here is a sweet “I am thankful” pumpkin craft. These would also be great for place cards at your Thanksgiving table.

    “I am thankful” Pumpkin Craft

    If you have an idea for something fun to make for the holiday or need some inspiration, come by the studio or contact Gayla at 703/646-6007. We hope your holiday is full of friends and family, good food and lots of fun!

  • Stepping Up Your Halloween

    Get in the Halloween spirit with our pottery, food/drink and DIY ideas.

    Pottery

    Do you dread pulling out your old decorations from last year (and the year before…)? Why not punch up your Halloween décor with some hand-painted pottery?

    We have jack o’lanterns that look great with a candle burning inside or a personalized pumpkin with your family name. For your favorite fall drink, we have Frankenstein, witch and skull mugs. We also have a crazy Frankenstein head where the mouth is the candy bowl for your trick-or-treaters.

    Food/Drink Recipes

    Are you having a Halloween party? We found some great snacks and appetizers you can serve that will be a big hit. Our favorite is the mummy dog!
    Halloween Party Appetizers

    How about some non-alcoholic dragon’s punch to quench your guests thirst!
    Dragons Blood Punch

    DIY With Your Kids

    Fall is the perfect time to do some DIYing with your kids. Why not start with Halloween and paint this funky Frankenstein pumpkin?

    Frankenstein Pumpkin

    For more information, call Gayla at 703-646-6007 or drop by and “get your spook on!”