By: Danielle Kearns
Hi there and welcome to the claypen! I am the new resident blogger on staff, Danielle K. (there's two of us here), and I double as a Studio Associate here. You can feel free to call me Dani as we are soon to be fast, creative friends. You may have seen me around over the past few months here as I’ve been settling in and learning the ins and outs of the claypen, and so far, I’m absolutely loving it. (I mean, who doesn’t love an excuse to roll their sleeves up and get creative, especially at your job.) I’ve been listening to the feedback from our customers and have heard a desire for more information, inspiration, and artistic resources.
So often, we direct our customers to Pinterest or Google for their planning, but instead, we’d love to direct you to things we’ve made ourselves in house. These will include achievable projects where we have all of the resources and materials readily available in our studio to help guide you through the process. This is our newest platform for party planning ideas, a GNO (girls night out), date night advice, and achievable artist tips -- not to mention sneak peaks on upcoming events and workshops. We’ve seen so many amazing things come from the minds of our customers, and we’d love to share more of that magic publicly. I’m here to give you a little bit of all of the things, but I figured a solid starting point would be just a little background on our studio as some people have been routine customers and some have just discovered us for the first time -- and let me tell you, there’s a lot that the claypen has to offer you as an aspiring artist and neighborhood friend.
The claypen has been a fixture of West Hartford Center for over 20 years. We are conveniently located right on Farmington Avenue with easy access from our nearby parking lots (and even some street parking if you’re lucky). We started primarily as a “paint your own pottery” studio, but over the years and through the evolution of new ownership, the studio has transformed into an artist’s studio, dabbling in other mediums and holding workshops for other art forms, as well as hosting exhibitions for local artists. We’ve covered a little bit of everything, but our main hope is just to expose you to something new that might bring you peace, enjoyment, fulfillment, and inspire creativity and relaxation. Zen is the ultimate end game here.
Our current focus is to reach a whole new audience of creative souls and hear from our community -- YOU! We are a small but mighty business that attempts to meet the needs of our customers and keep things fun, artsy, and relaxing at all times. We encourage creativity, individuality, and playfulness. We are an all inclusive studio with a relaxed atmosphere and fun-loving staff. What we hear most often is that people come here for their weekly rehab and art therapy. A moment to catch your breath, calm your mind, and enjoy some quiet time. The importance of those little moments can never be understated or underestimated.
So, let’s get it done and create something special together -- just remember, give it your all and give it your heART!
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By: Danielle Kearns
Maybe you’re a diehard fan counting down the days until the Patriots and Rams hit the field for an epic smackdown. Maybe this is your version of Christmas and there’s nothing else you can think about until kickoff that even the pre-show gives you the chills. Maybe you’ve got money riding on this thing and your “boxes” or whatever they’re called are chosen with care. Or maybe you’re more like me and you’re more excited about the food and the half-time show than the pigskin. Either way, we’ve got tips to make your party happen with ease so you can enjoy the highlight reel of the Big Game in your very own home and keep the party going for long after.
So let’s refocus this thing to what I consider the ultimate fixture for so many of us that day -- FOOD. It’s been a “classic” for years to have your basic chips and dip at any gathering with four people or more (I mean, you’ve gotta love anything that comes in a jar), but let’s take a second to talk about the craze that is currently avocados. You’ve gotta have guac at an event. And if I’m hosting, I’m never not serving a buffalo chicken dip or chili dip when guests are over, but you’ve gotta consider presentation at any shindig you’re throwing. Not only does it impress your guests, but it makes you as the host feel that much more put together. As someone in their late 20s, the terms “adulting” has really been hitting home for me recently as I’ve been furnishing my own home and embracing my inner Host Hat. Cheese and pepperoni on a paper plate with plastic knives is a little too college dorm room for me to get away with these days. Nothing feels more badass than pulling out an actual cheese board or your designated chips and dip tray. We have two sizes to choose from here that you can paint to match your home decor. Paint it to match your personal taste and have it year-round. Use it for afternoon snack time with veggies and Ranch or hummus. Throw some ketchup or honey mustard (or combine them if you’re feeling extra saucy, pun intended) in the center and use it for chicken nuggets. The idea is to multi-purpose the items you have in your house, especially those in the kitchen, to get the most out of things that are taking up space in your environment. Embrace your inner Marie Kondo and make sure what you’ve got filling your cupboards has a place and a specific purpose Intention is key. And get creative with it. Ever heard of the price-per-wear rule? It’s even better when it’s something that’s going to get constant use in your kitchen for appetizers, hosting, parties, and card nights.
Having kids to your viewing party? Keep them occupied in the best way possible. Paint your own football player, helmet, or football bank. Keep it on trend and stray from the norm. Rent a Party Pail from us and keep the kids occupied and multi-tasking. Have a competitive streak? Paint your own Fantasy Football trophy that can be passed around from year to year to the champion of your group. No matter what you choose -- have fun, stay safe, and enjoy yourself.
mark your calendars: game day is sunday, february 3rd.
paint by sunday, january 27th for guaranteed pick-up to have your pieces back in time for hosting. We also offer rushed delivery.