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There are lots of words to describe me, but artistic is certainly not one of them. I am not being mean to me, I know I am a creative soul. But when it comes to expressing myself through painting, sculpting, drawing, or any other visual art form, the result is often underwhelming. But not all art needs to be at the Van Gough level and museum-worthy. Art means different things to different people. It can be a creative release, a fun way to meet new people in a new city, a bonding activity for group of friends or co-workers, or just an excuse to get out of the house and try something new.

Allow me to use sports jargon for a moment: we are in the fourth quarter of winter. A paint-your-own pottery class is the energy you need to get through the rest of these bitter cold days. Color Me Mine in Thompson's Point in Portland is the perfect place! They offer organized painting events for groups of all sizes and ages, or you could just drop in for a class if that tickles your fancy.

People have walked out of Color Me Mine Portland with absolute masterpieces (actually no one walks out with them because they take between 5-7 days to glaze and fire, but you know what I'm saying).

Check out this Charcuterie Board:

I'm living for this Chip & Guac bowl! Look how happy that avocado looks:

Piggy Banks are out and Llama Banks are in:

This Owl Teapot is SO unique!

Maybe you want to make something for your own home or as a housewarming gift for someone you love! How could they not think of you every time they used it? You created it with your bare hands!

Sign up for classes and learn more about their offerings here.


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