Looking for the perfect spot for a too hot or too rainy Central Florida day? Make your way to All Fired Up in Winter Park, an adorably quirky paint-your-own pottery studio that folks of all ages will love.

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When you arrive, you pick the piece you want to paint from the shelves on the wall. Pieces start at $6 and go all the way up past $100. There are decorative figurines as well as functional pieces like bowls and plates. (My kids picked a cereal bowl and flip-flop box.) The pieces kids will gravitate to run between $10 and $30. A classic piggy bank is $35. Prices are marked clearly on the bottom of each piece and include your studio time, paints and firing. Translation: No confusing bill at the end that makes your scratch your head.

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Picked the perfect piece? Now pick the perfect painting spot, which is easy at All Fired Up thanks to two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to flood the studio. Then pick your paints from the rainbow assortment on the wall, and get started.

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Plan on spending at least an hour at the studio with little kids; you’ll likely end up helping them cover the white spots on their pottery. (Personally, I opt out of painting my own piece because I’ll know I’ll be helping my 6-year-olds with their work.) Coming with older kids, tweens or a perfectionist? Plan to stay longer and possibly paint your own masterpiece. You see, the brightest-colored pottery requires three coats of paint and that takes time.

All Fired Up also offers a wide selection of stamps, sponges and other cool painting techniques. And you can get as messy as you want — clean-up is included in your price too!



If you go: Weekends can get busy. Call ahead of time to check and plan on waiting outside the shop a bit. Also, the studio doesn’t provide painting smocks, so don’t dress your kids in the cutest clothes. Prepare your kids ahead of time with leaving empty-handed. It takes a week for the studio to fire your pieces. Parking is on New York Avenue, and the studio is closed Mondays. Click here for more on hours. Address: 229 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park.  Phone: (407) 644-9363

Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this review.

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