184 Washington St.
Gloucester, MA 01930
www.glazedceramics.comCall for prices.
Make a gift for grandma or your favorite uncle by painting a piece of pottery at Glazed. Choose from mugs, banks, home decorations or dinnerware, and create your own style. There are plenty of colors to pick from and a trained instructor available for questions. Branch out and try your hand at glass fusing, which is cutting, arranging and layering pieces of fusable glass into whatever your heart desires. Teach your children how to create sun catchers, trivets or more complex items such as vases, bowls, jewelry or plates.
64 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02445
www.framersworkshopbrookline.comPrice: $3 per person
Framers’ Workshop offers 10 do-it-yourself work stations where you can bring your favorite photo, sports memorabilia, artwork or anything else you can think of – and frame it yourself. With framing experts at the ready, you’ll have guidance in the step-by-step process. Bring in your materials and take advantage of the staff’s expertise if you have questions or even if you make a mistake. Impress your gift recipients with one-of-a-kind framework. Anticipate about an hour-and-a-half per framed piece.
Muckykids Art Studio
1776 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
www.muckykids.comPrice: $15 child/hour
Geared toward young children, Muckykids Art Studio offers a drop-in service. Just drop in during the studio hours to create any number of projects. The projects change weekly, but there is no limit to the crafty projects available to you. Materials are included in the price, and adults are free. Be ready though, the art studio isn’t called “Mucky Kids” for no reason, and the best gift may be those little ones’ joy at letting their imaginations run wild.
1408 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446
www.clayroom.weebly.comPrice: $8 person/$6 person for a group of 4 or more/cost of pottery piece
Choose from a variety of pottery pieces at The Clayroom to paint and create a gift with style. Kids of all ages can participate, and staff is on hand to help you understand the paint, materials and process. Put your creative skills to work, and then let the studio fire it up in the kiln. Your gift will be ready in four days to pick up. Plan ahead because reservations are recommended, especially around the holidays.
575 Hartford Turnpike
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
www.hebertcandies.comPrice: $9.95 children 3 to 12
Sweeten up your Christmas gift and make some delicious candy. Hebert is a chocolate heaven, or “candy mansion” that offers candy workshops for children. Help your children make two chocolate treats, and then indulge in a make-your-own sundae at the Ice Cream Buffet. The workshops are in operation during school breaks, so call ahead and reserve your chocolate-making trip when your children are on winter break. Just in time for Christmas, the chocolate will be fresh for presents as long as you don’t eat it instead.
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Nicole Adams resides on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She is a freelance writer specializing in animal welfare. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.