Summit Stop: Ready, Paint, Fire up some creative gifts |

Summit Stop: Ready, Paint, Fire up some creative gifts


Maybe you’re cold and ready to wrap up an excellent weekend on the slopes a few hours early. Maybe you’re the non-skier in a family of snow-dwellers. Maybe you’re just looking to put off facing the congested Interstate 70 trip home. Regardless, you’re in luck, because for a county endowed with some of the best recreational ski and snowboard trails in the state, Summit County boasts a surprisingly extensive list of other cool things to do. So this afternoon, take advantage of that and finish off the weekend with a couple cozy hours at Ready, Paint, Fire, a local pottery painting studio.

Ready, Paint, Fire is a studio for all ages and ability levels. Inside a brightly painted shop on the north end of Main Street in Breckenridge, is a warm setting where families and friends can pull up a chair and create handmade Christmas presents, wall decorations and kitchen ware. It works like this: Future artists (that’s you) arrive and select a piece or pieces of pre-crafted pottery from the shelves lining the studio. Just that part might take a while, as there is no shortage of choices. Available pieces include Christmas ornaments, mugs and flatware, entertaining dishes, tea pots, figurines for children, coasters, piggy banks and dog dishes, among other things. Prices range from $6 to $45 and are added to a $10 studio fee per person.

Then comes the glaze selection, from dozens of colors. Ready, Paint, Fire also has puffy paints which will give a piece texture after firing, as well as a variety of painting tools from sponges, for a more unique look to stickers, which can be painted over and then removed to create clean writing or designs.

For those new to artistic undertakings or just not feeling inspired, owner Beth Huelin and her staff are on hand to help.

“That’s the best part of this,” Huelin said, “We can really help you put your image down. If you’ve got a specific idea of what you want to create and you’re not feeling creative at all, that’s what we’re here for.”

The energetic and artistic Huelin and her staff can guide pottery painting novices through the intricacies of brush layers or fine lining. For inspiration there are books and glazed and finished pieces on hand.

“It’s about the process, more than the finished product,” Huelin said. A process that kids will love as much as adults. Huelin keeps free tea and coffee on hand and has sodas and water available for purchase. Customers are more than welcome to bring their own food or drinks with them to enjoy while talking and painting, but she can also order a meal or snacks in from one of the local restaurants.

When the piece is finished Ready, Paint, Fire fires it and adds a finishing glaze, a process that takes about three days. For customers who can’t wait that long to come back in and pick up their pieces, the studio will ship them.

Ready, Paint, Fire is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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