Although Thanksgiving is still ahead of us, the holiday season is just around the corner. For many of us it is a good time to start thinking about gifts. This year why not shake things up a bit and make gifts of your own? The Potter’s Wheel of Steamboat Springs is a great place to do just that. You can choose from a large variety of ceramic pieces to paint: plates, bowls and vases, to picture frames, figurines, and decorative abstracts. Next tap into your creative spirit by selecting a trace design or free handing one of your own. As for color you can choose from nearly every color in a crayon box. The possibilities are seemingly endless!

A couple of weeks ago the Chamber took a staff field trip to the shop. Each of us made something different the reflected our individuality. Some chose to make travel coffee mugs, other made serving platters, spoon rests and decorative coasters. It was so much fun! I think the best part was going back later in the week to pick up our finished items as each item must first be fired in the kiln. Firing brings all the color to the surface of the piece and seals it so it is ready for use. It was like Christmas as each of us carefully unwrapped our items, secretly hoping we chose the right colors and that they didn’t smear or look different than we had imagined. Much to our glee, all of our pieces were a roaring success and yielded huge smiles all around. I had such a good time that day that I am taking my mom this week to create custom “wedding plates” for two of my cousins upcoming nuptials. A perfect keepsake for years to come!