to craft a gift
1. Scrapbook Nook 495 E. College Dr.
December workshops include holiday cards, gift tags, albums, and a birdhouse. (970) 259-3655.
2. Beads & Beyond 840 Main Ave.
This month’s class list includes Beginning Knotting, Resin Accessories, Chain & Wire, Just For Kids: Ornaments, Briolette Cluster Necklace, Holiday Girls Night Out, and 30-minute Miracles. beadsdurango.com (970) 247-1204
3. Fuzziwig’s Candy Factory 656 Main Ave, Make a gingerbread house or decorate a Rice Krispies train. (970) 247-2770
4. Cocktails & Creations 858 Main Ave, Ste 102
Local artists guide themed classes such as “Winter Wonderland,” and “Gifts for Grandma: Kids Class.” cocktailsandcreations.net (970) 764-4296
5. Get Fused! Glass Studio & Gallery 600 Main Ave. Suite 112
Make your own glass creations, such as plates, wall decorations and earrings. (970) 259-2229
The Clay Room owner Bonnie Ward watches a creation in progress. LINDSAY ABSHAGEN/Herald photos
Play with clay & make a
one-of-a-kind By Malia Durbano
small amount on the plate designed to hold the paint, grabbed a brush and got started. t The Clay Room in DuranTotally coating the tree in a go, former art teacher Bonnie nice rich forest green, I made Ward has created a warm, sure all areas were covered. The intimate and friendly atmosphere for quick-drying paint allows you students of all ages to crealmost immediately to ate unique works of art. go back over the first Shelves line the walls coat to get a richer color. of two rooms with I was thrilled that the choices of white ceramwater-based paint washic molds of everything The price es off, since I’m not the from cookie jars, plat- includes neatest painter. ters, mugs and tea sets The prices range from to fantasy figurines and the fun of $12 for a cup to $14 for a dinosaurs. There are Figurines range decorating plate. piggy banks, pumpkins, from $8 to $17. Largcanisters, skulls, chip the item er pieces like my tree and dip platters, frogs are $25, the big cupand turtles – something exactly cake jar is $35, a for everyone. as you like. big platter is $26 Specifically for the and a family-size holiday season, Ward will stock serving bowl is $28. Christmas trees, ornaments, Christ- The price includes the mas stockings, candle holders, fun of decorating the platters with Christmas designs and item exactly as you Hanukkah items. like and taking the Since Christmas is coming up, I piece home after it chose a little tree instead of the big has been glazed. cupcake cookie jar I would have A $7.50 studio fee chosen at a different time of year. is added for supplies. I picked out my colors, poured a It is discounted to $5 for Special to Durango Living
10 • Thursday, December 6, 2012 • Durango Living/ Holiday GIFT GUIDE
seniors, caretakers and parents enjoying the activity along with their children. Ward offers 20 percent off for groups of five or more. Birthday parties are $12.50 per child; and for a minimum of five ladies participating in a Ladies Night Out, each receives 20 percent off their piece of pottery. The Clay Room also offers preschool, after school and home school parties. Hours are Tuesday 1 to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Mondays when there is no school, hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All items are glazed and returned to you within a week. The material is 100 percent non-toxic and washable. As a piece of art, it will last longer if you do not put it in the dishwasher or microwave. The Clay Room is located at 171 E. Seventh Street in the alley between Main and Second avenues. For more information, visit www. artandlaughter.com or call (970) 426-9685. H
Published on Dec 10, 2012