Inspirations Ceramic & Art Café
How about making your own Wenatchee souvenir? Or a special gift for someone? The Inspirations Ceramic & Art Café at 400 Ninth St. (across from the clinic) is open for visitors who are feeling creative.
The yellow house looks like someone’s home from the outside and on the inside, it feels cozy still. And the doors are open for all.
Jennifer Curtin, the owner, is at hand much of the time to give instruction or inspiration as you ponder how to approach your pure white mug or plate, or maybe a decorative item. She can help you with design and color choices. The walls are lined with shelves stocked with paints of every shade, guaranteed to please any color preference.
Drop-ins and reservations
While the studio welcomes drop-in visitors, they also accept reservations. Bring the family, friends and all. It might be a fun birthday or family reunion venue. “Paint and Sip” nights are a possibility, as well.
If you cannot finish your project at one sitting, you can come back anytime without extra cost. There are no charges for time, only for supplies.
The creations can usually be fired and ready to take home in about a week, but there is a “make and take” option, as well. If you are just passing through town, the Café will ship your artwork to you.
The selection of items is abundant, any age and interest is sure to find something to their liking. How about bringing the younger ones to paint a shark or a unicorn? There are platters, bowls, letters and numbers, elves, turtles and much, much more. Something is sure to inspire you to pick out the colors and brushes and let the artist in you take over.
If the painting muse isn’t cooperating, you can also give fused glass a try. Jennifer has some amazing pieces on display for inspiration.
A family-friendly environment
The studio has become increasingly popular and busy, especially on Saturdays.
“This is quality time,” says Jennifer, “and it’s a safe, family-friendly environment.”
Should anyone feel hungry, there is coffee, wine and snacks – and ice-cream! You may want to make your own ice-cream bowl to take home.
Just like the cheerful appearances of the house, Jennifer puts out a warm energy. You would never guess she is often plagued by horrific headaches, stabbing chest pains and other discomforts that would keep many people bedridden; the young entrepreneur nearly died ten years ago when a car ran into her. After brain surgery, extensive rehabilitation and the desire to keep going, she arrives at her business loving every day, inspired to make people smile.
The studio is open Sun & Mon 12-6 pm, closed on Tuesdays, open Wed-Thur 11 am-7pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-8 pm. Check Facebook for the latest information and hours.