Visiting Your Creation Station In the New Year

Due to current restrictions on businesses in Delaware, Your Creation Station is required to limit the number of people in our studio. In order to meet these restrictions, we have had to adjust how we seat customers at our studio. Our goal is to make the studio available to as many people who want to come in as possible, remain in compliance with the governor’s directives and keep our doors open. As such, we are providing this guide to help you plan visits to Your Creation Station in the new year. While the number of people allowed in may change if the governor sees fit to do so, we expect to be operating this way for the foreseeable future.

Our Time and Space Capacity

We are currently seating no more than 10 people, total, in the studio at a time. We have 5 tables for seating. Everyone in your party, regardless of age, counts as a person, whether working on a project or not. Time for working on projects is available during fixed time slots of 90 minute throughout the day, there is a 30 minute buffer between each time slots for cleaning . Time Slots begin at 10 AM, 12 PM, 2 PM, 4 PM and 6 PM Tuesdays to Saturday and 12 PM, 2 PM and 4 PM on Sundays.

Pick-Ups and Drop-Offs

Projects are available for pick up or drop off during normal business hours. Appointments are not needed to pick up or drop off. Projects for pickup are in the front of the studio, on a wire rack to the right of the door at you walk through it or under the counter to the left of the rack as you face it. When dropping projects off to be fired, please be sure to include your name, phone number and your order number.

For more details, please see our guide on picking up and dropping off. To order new projects to work at home, please order from our online studio and select Curbside Pickup as your shipping option.

Working In the Studio

The current restrictions on businesses in Delaware has forced us to change many longstanding practices regarding how long you can stay, when you can come and who you can come with when visiting Your Creation Station. As such, we have broken the day into discrete time periods for people to work on projects in the studio. Having distinct Time Slots will help us to accommodate people who want to work in the studio, those who want to purchase, pick up or drop off projects, remain compliant with the governor’s directives, avoid fines/closure and keep our doors open for business. It also helps us to manage our business in ways we actively and deliberately avoided in the past.

Walk-Ins

Walk in are welcome but subject to availability and the same time and capacity restrictions described here. Please check when you arrive or call ahead to see how it looks. If we can seat you we will but if we can’t we won’t. The surest way to get a seat is to reserve a time slot ahead of your visit.

Reserving A Time Slot for New Projects

Reserving a Time Slot is the surest way to have a seat for everyone in your party. Reservations can be made on-line up to one hour before each available time slot. or by calling the studio. We strongly encourage everyone to make reservations on-line when possible. A fee is required to reserve a Time Slot but you will receive a Studio Time Gift Certificate equal to the value of your fee, to use online or at the store. Terms and restrictions apply and are described below.

Reservations are available for each of the time slots described above. Reservations are for the time period, not for a length of time. At the end or your time slot, you will have to leave. If you haven’t finished your projects by the end of your reserved time slot, you can take it home to finish and bring it back for glazing.  Extensions of time slots will be determined on a case by case basis.  It pretty much comes down to – if we can, we probably will but if we can’t, we won’t.

We are asking our guests to limit time slots to one per group per day. That means if person A makes a reservation for persons A, B, C and D, please don’t have person B make another right after for persons A, B, C and D, etc.. Of course, if we can accommodate your group for another time slot we will.

Reservation Fee

There is a $20 per person fee for reserving studio time.  However, you will receive a Studio Time Gift Certificate equal to the value of your reservation fee after checkout.  If you cancel your reservation or fail to show, no refund will be given but you will be able to keep and use the gift certificate to use either on-line or at the studio.

The following terms apply to Reservations and Studio Time Gift Certificates:

– Reservations are for the time period you reserved, not for a length of time. If you arrive late for your time slot and we are unable to accommodate your group into the next time slot, you will need to leave at the end of your time slot.
– New Reservations require a new fee
Gift Certificates to Your Creation Station, purchased online or at our studio may be used to reserve Studio Time.
Studio Time Gift Certificates are NOT VALID for reserving additional studio time.

Completing Unfinished Projects

We realize everyone works at a different pace and some projects take longer to complete than other. If you are unable to complete your project during your visit, you are welcome to come back to finish it. A new reservation fee will not be required to complete a project. Please make arrangements for a new appointment before you leave or call the studio to book you appointment. At this time, reservations for time slots to complete projects can only be made by phone or in person.

Wear a Mask and Stay Away From Others

As mandated by the the governor of Delaware, all guests over the age of kindergarten are required to wear masks at all times. If you are unable to wear a mask, for any reason, we’re sorry, but you will not be allowed to enter the studio, even if you have paid to reserve a time slot.  Please consider shopping from our Online Studio and select Curbside Pickup from the shipping options during checkout as a reasonable accommodation.  Social distancing of at least 6 feet and other restrictions outlined in the governor’s mandate also apply.

Underglaze Color Chart

Underglaze Color Chart

Here’s a picture of the Underglaze Color Chart at Your Creation Station. We use Duncan Concepts Underglazes and stock pretty close to the whole line of colors available. The tiles are grouped by color with warm yellows, oranges and reds on the left, cooler purples and blues in the middle followed by the greens, and neutrals all the way to the right. The number in the top right corner of each tile indicates the product number for that underglaze. We use that number to identify exactly which color we want to use. Click on the image for full sized view.

Underglaze Color Chart
The Underglaze Color Chart at Your Creation Station. Each tile has three stripes, roughly equal to one, two or three coats, to show how the color becomes less translucent the thicker it is applied.. Click on the chart to open the full sized image in a new window.

Translucent Colors

All of the colors in this particular line of underglazes are translucent and become more opaque they thicker they are applied. Looking at each tile individually, you’ll notice each has three stripes. From top to bottom, each stripe is about equal to one, two and three coats. Where the glaze is thinner on the top, you can see the color of the bisque showing through as well as the brush marks in the underglaze. As the underglaze gets thicker, the brush marks tend to be less noticeable and less of the bisque is visible.

Work In Layers

The key to getting the look you want is to remember you are applying the material in layers and you need to allow one layer to dry before applying the next. Remember these colors aren’t like acrylic paints, the underglaze is made up of tiny particles floating in water and the bisque is very porous, like a sponge. The bisque absorbs the water from the underglaze leaving it where you painted. Painting more while the layer is still wet actually removes more glaze than it puts on. Its OK to paint one color on top of another but remember the colors are translucent. Its easier to cover a lighter color with a darker color than the other way around.

Dry Between Layers

Small Hands Drying a Giraffe Bank
Use the cool or low setting on the hairdryer to keep from drying to fast.

It doesn’t take long for the underglaze to dry enough to touch, in fact, once the initial sheen disappears, you can touch the piece without worrying about the underglaze coming off. At this point, if its your first coat, you can probably start the next coat without too much trouble. However, the more you paint, the longer it will take for the underglaze to completely dry, remember the bisque is like a sponge and it will hold the water and dry slowly. If you don’t want to wait for the piece to dry by itself, you can put it out in the sun or use a hair dryer. If you do use a hairdryer, use the low setting, sometimes cracks appear in the underglaze if you dry them too fast.

Work Area and Clean Up

You can paint your pottery with these underglazes almost anywhere. You can work at the kitchen table, on newspaper or not. Our underglazes clean up easily with a water and a sponge. They don’t stain and come out of hair, clothes and skin easily. If fact, if you get some on your shirt, you’ll be able to brush most of it away once it dries. The underglaze will be more difficult to clean on more porous surfaces, like untreated wood. In our studio we work on laminate top tables from the old Howard Johnson’s in Dover. We use a big grout sponge to wipe the big stuff off the table before going back with spray cleaner and a clean paper towel to get up the remaining dust.

Story Times Past – Playlists

Story Time Reading Screenshot

Living Happily Every After on YouTube and Facebook

When we had to close our studio to walk in customers in March 2020, we didn’t want to stop doing our Story Times, they were a lot of fun. So, we started broadcasting them live on our Facebook page. Once we got into the groove of it, we went back and recorded all the stories we read live in person and posted the videos to our YouTube channel. Then we started recording them after broadcasting them live. Then we had to do something with them, so we made some playlists and posted them on social media where they’ll live as happily ever after as a video file for everyone to watch.

Facebook and YouTube Video Story Time Playlists

There’s a couple things to note about the playlists. The YouTube Playlist includes all the stories we’ve read from when we first started this series, the Facebook Playlist only starts in the last week of March. Mostly because of our setup and skill level, remember – we’re potters, not video producers, the recordings are smother than the video from our live broadcast. Both lists are fun to watch.

Story Time Companion Pieces

If you want to paint one of the companion pieces that goes along with the story, you can purchase individual pieces from our online studio or choose any three, in stock, companion pieces and get each for the original Story Time price, a 25% savings.

YouTube Playlist

Facebook Playlist

If no video appears below, please go directly to our Facebook Story Time Playlist to find all our stories..

https://facebook.com/YourCreationStation/playlist/1342311029292730
Facebook Story Time Playlist
https://business.facebook.com/YourCreationStation/videos/274541996887261/
A sample of what’s on our Facebook Video Story Time Playlist

Resuming Our Regular Hours

Order Online for Curbside Pickup and Drop Off

We are pleased to announce on May 8, 2020, we return to our regular operating hours. We will be open for curbside pickup and drop off only Tuesday to Saturday 10 to 7, Sunday Noon to 5 and closed Mondays. We are closed on Mother’s Day.

Ordering Pottery For Curbside Pickup

Order From Our Online Studio

Picking your piece is still the hardest part. However, now you can peruse our selection from the comfort of your couch on your phone, laptop or tablet. Our entire selection of animal figurines, mugs and bowls as well as a growing selection of fantastical creatures, is available. After you pick your pieces. take a look at our color chart and select what colors you want. During the checkout process list the colors you want before completing your purchase.

Preparing an online order for curbside pickup
Packing an Online Order For Curbside Pickup

After successfully submitting your order, you’ll receive a confirmation email. Once your order is filled, we’ll notify you through email and a text message to come by and pick up your order. Once your finished painting drop your projects off to be fired and we’ll notify you when they’re ready.

Ordering Pottery for Delivery

What’s better than being able to drive right up to our door, pick up your stuff and go? Having it delivered right to you! We recently teamed up with our one of our suppliers to have complete pottery painting kits delivered right to your door. Each kit has bisque, paints, brushes and instructions. Once your finished, bring your pieces back to the studio to be glazed and fired.

Pottery Painting Delivered!

Pottery Painting Delivered

Pottery Painting Kits Delivered Right To Your Door!

Our long time supplier recently put together a selection of pottery painting kits available to ship straight from their warehouse, right to your door allowing us to offer you more choices for painting pottery at home. Each kit contains a themed selection of three or four pieces of pottery, nine – two ounce bottles of paint, a set of five brushes and set of instructions. There are six options available, four with pottery paint that get fired and two with acrylic paints. Some of the items are pieces you’ve seen on our shelves before and some are new.

Pottery Painting Kits – Glazed

Each of the kits include nine – two ounce bottles of pottery paint (aka ceramic underglaze), a set of five brushes, three or four pieces of pottery and a set of instructions. The colors included in the kits are: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink, Tan, Black. Everthing in these kits need to be glazed and fired after you’re finished finished. You can drop them off during our scheduled Pickup and Drop Off times.

Pottery Painting Kits – Acrylic

These two kits come with acrylic paints and don’t need to be fired. Each kit comes with the bisque pictured, a set of brushes, 8 colors, a bottle of clear sealer and a set of instructions. Included colors are: Red, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Pink, Tan, Black, White & Clear Sealer. No extra trip to our studio, or anywhere else, is needed. These kits also make great gifts for family or friends who don’t live close enough for Curbside Pickup.

How It Works

Pick the paint kits you want, add them to your cart and complete the check out process. When your pottery project arrives, open it up and dive in. Each kit is self contained and contains everything you’ll need. Remember, there are two types of kits, one with acrylic paints and one with ceramics paints. The kits with the ceramic paints need to be brought to the studio to be fired. Please note there are no substitutions, returns or exchanges on these items.

Difference Between Acrylic Paints and Fired Ceramic Paints
The angel on the left was painted with regular acrylic paints. The angel on the right was painted with ceramic paints (underglazes) and then fired.

Shipped Directly To You

You’ll have a chance to enter billing and a shipping information during check out. If you would like to send a kit to someone else, enter a separate shipping address but make sure the billing address is the same as the billing address on the credit card you use to pay. Only one shipping address per order. Shipping within the continental United States only. Once we receive your order, send it directly to your shipping address and send you a message via email with tracking information.

When to Expect Your Kit’s Arrival

We generally receive shipments within a day or two of placing the order but please expect up to five days to receive your order. This is a new service for us and our partner and is outside the scope of how we normally operate and do things. There are a couple more steps and it may take a day or two longer. From experience, orders placed earlier in the week tend to arrive by the weekend. We’ll send you tracking information as it becomes available

After You Are Finished Painting

If you purchased a kit with acrylic paints, make sure your colors are completely dry and apply a coat, or two, of the clear sealer included with the kit. Once its dry, its done. Please, take a picture and post it on our Facebook page. We want to see how they came out!

Dropping Piece Off For Firing

If you purchased a kit with ceramic paints, you’ll need to bring it to our studio to be glazed and fired. We are open for pickup and drop off in three to four hour blocks every day but Monday. Please see our temporary schedule for more specific times.

Curbside Pick Up and Drop Off
Curbside Pick Up and Drop Off

When you come to drop off, there will be a table out front with with a box. Place your pieces there and we’ll bring them into the studio. Don’t be afraid to wrap everything up in the box you got them in and bring them over. Please include your name and order number from your receipt on the bag or box you drop them off in. Also, either paint or write your name/initials/symbol on the piece. Don’t forget to year so you remember when you made it. If you write your name and year in pencil or Sharpie, we’ll go over it with the special pencil as the studio. The easier it is for us to identify your order as yours, the easier it will be for us to get it to you.

Picking Up Fired Pieces

Once we receive your pieces, we’ll glaze and fire them. Lately (Mar/Apr/May 2020) we’ve been firing on Saturday for Sunday pickup. So, if you want your piece by Sunday, drop it off by Saturday at 4. After its fired, we’ll wrap them up, put them on the table outside by the door and send you an email and text message its ready. Pretty much the same as drop off but in reverse.

Mythological and Fantastical Creations

Your imagination is the limit when painting any of the ceramic bisque shown here. You can opt to go with traditional unicorn colors, that’s anything with glitter, or go your own route and use a rainbow of colors! Either way you can’t go wrong.

Unicorns, mermaids, gnomes and wizards are among the types of pieces you can expect to see at Your Creation Station. Our inventory changes from time to time so you can always look forward to seeing something new.

Changes To Our Normal Schedule

Hours of Operation During the State of Emergency

Visiting the Studio

For years, it was easy to know when you could come to the studio…10 to 7 everyday but Monday, Noon to 5 Sunday. I don’t think our hours changed once since we opened in 2008. From the start, being available as much as possible and keeping a predictable and reliable schedule helped us stay open during a time when many other businesses weren’t able to. Between that and the the tremendous support from the community we’ve enjoyed through the years, here we are, ready to weather another storm. However, circumstances being what they are, it seems this time a temporary adjustment is in order.

For the time being, inside access to the studio is very limited. Please call ahead or contact us through our Facebook page if you need more paints or other supply so we can prepare if for you to pick up. We are making pottery, canvas and other projects available online for pickup and are looking forward to introducing some new projects for home. We look forward to continuing our Facebook Live Broadcasts of Story Time.

Order Online – 24/7

There’s a silver lining in the cloud. Although the present situation put a strain on our walk in traffic, it has allowed us to expand our capacity to order take out pottery from our Online Studio. We’ve been taking online workshop registrations for some time now but ordering Creations to Go kits through our website is brand new. We expect to expand the projects you can do at home in the coming weeks and continue our online service once things get back to normal.

When To Pick Up and Drop Off

We will be available to pick up orders placed online, drop off projects to be fired, pick up completed projects or for more paint as follows. We may also be available by chance, call and check or message us here to see.

Hours for Pick Up and Drop Off

  • Tuesday: 11 – 2
  • Wednesday: 11- 2
  • Thursday: 4 – 7
  • Friday: 4-7
  • Saturday: 12-4
  • Sunday: 12-4
  • Monday: Closed

When Will Things Get Fired

We plan on keeping our normal, at least once a week, more if we need to, firing schedule. For the time being we expect to projects to be ready for pick up on Sundays. If you have a project to be fired please have it to us by Saturday.

Subject to Change

Given the way things have been going, looking even a few days ahead feels bold. Much like everyone else, this is new ground for us. If things come to pass such that circumstances warrant more changes, we’ll adjust again, update this page and let you know what’s up as best we can.

Thank you for your support and patience.

Temporary Hours

Due to the State of Emergency in Delaware, we have temporarily changed our hours of operation. We expect to return to normal hours as soon as possible

  • Tuesday: 11 – 2
  • Wednesday: 11- 2
  • Thursday: 4 – 7
  • Friday: 4-7
  • Saturday: 12-4
  • Sunday: 12-4 (Closed Mother’s Day)
  • Monday: Closed

Subject to Change

Paints for Pottery

Underglaze Color Chart

A quick guide to picking and using the pottery paints at Your Creation Station

We have a large selections of ceramic underglazes and glazes available to use when your painting pottery. These paints are only good for pottery and need to be fired. Please keep in mind, you may also use acrylic paints to paint pottery but acrylic paints are not fired. You can use one or the other, but not both.

Picking Colors

Underglazes

Underglaze Color Chart
Underglaze Color Chart – Click for a larger image

Paints for Creations to Go

If your ordering Creations to Go through our online studio, we’ll need to know ahead of time what colors you want and about how you think you’ll use them. For example, if your painting the little mermaid on the shell, you can let us pick some for you or ask for groups of colors (pastel, cool, same as Ariel, etc.). You can also be very specific, (291 for her fins, 222 for her skin, 502 for her eyes, etc) or any use any combination of these.

After you picked your colors, there will be a place to describe the paints you want during checkout. Once your order has been placed, we will put your selections into small cups and include them with your take out pottery.

Paints at the Studio

The best colors to pick are the ones you like. Some people like purple and blue turtles and some prefer a more realistic palette. Go with what makes you feel good. If unsure where to start, pick the one you’ll think you’ll use the most of or that your sure you want to use, and start with that. After you get started, the other colors will start to fall into place.

Using the Ceramic Underglazes

After you get your colors, take them back to where your sitting and squeeze some out on the glazed tiles right in the middle of the table. Take all you want but please use all you take. You’re welcome to come up for more. We can help you find colors, you can grab some yourself and we also give hints on where to find it and what to use.

if you’re at home, find a comfortable place to work, put down a piece of paper if you’d like and use the paints right from the cups or put onto a paper plate. Regular kitchen plates work well too. The paint washes right off, it may take an extra wipe or two for the dust but ceramic underglazes are easier to clean up than you expect. If you’re paints dry out, don’t worry, just add some water at a little at a time until they are the right consistency.

Take Out Pottery – Online Shelves

Shelves of Ceramic Bisque at Your Creation Station

Browse the bisque in our studio from home! Pick your pieces, add them to your cart and checkout, all online. Don’t forget to choose the colors you want and include them in the notes section when you checkout. If you don’t want to mess with our website, give us a call, let us know what pieces and colors you want and pay over the phone. Either way we’ll pack everything up and send an email to let you know its ready for pick up. You can even get notified by text message! You Creations To Go kit will be waiting outside by the door when you get here.

See More In Our Online Studio