Roaming Roanoke: Glazed Bisque-It

This week’s Roaming Roanoke destination is Glazed Bisque-It! 

My first introduction to Glazed-Bisque-It was in December. I took my two daughters to “Clara’s Tea Party” with the Southwest Virginia Ballet.  One of the activities was painting a ballet slipper ornament to bring home. My four-year-old loved it! The ornament had a special place on our Christmas tree after the event.  Glazed Bisque-It donated the ornaments and did the activity. I knew then that we needed to go to Glazed Bisque-It for more!

We finally made it to Glazed Bisque-It in July! I knew my children would enjoy creating an art piece, but I also wanted something sentimental for myself – all three kids’ handprints on something to display. They won’t be little forever, so I wanted something with their little handprints on it to keep forever. 

Glazed Bisque-It has many options to create your own art. You can paint pottery, canvas, or fuse glass. They have many items in the studio to purchase and turn into just what you want. I chose a round plate for their handprints. I let my five-year-old son and four-year-old daughter get some pottery to paint as well. My son chose a Virginia ornament (he wanted his own pottery ornament because his sister had the ballet slipper one), and my daughter chose a cupcake. They both enjoyed choosing their paint colors and painting it just how they wanted.

The employees were really helpful getting my kids’ handprints on the plate. My baby didn’t enjoy getting paint on her hand (my apologies to anyone in the studio that day that heard her cry), but her handprint turned out great! It was easier with the older two kids. I put my handprint on the back along with the date. 

When you are finished painting, you leave the item there. The workers glaze and fire it, and you pick it up one week later. We are happy with our finished items! 

Glazed Bisque-It has safety procedures in place during the pandemic. Groups sit at their own table, and each group is spaced out for social distancing. Employees wear masks. We also wore masks, except my kids lowered theirs to paint only when we were socially distant from others. All items used for painting are cleaned after each use. 

Glazed Bisque-It costs money but it varies based on what you create. The pottery items for sale to paint range from $3 to $60. Studio fees are $6 for children and $8 for adults.

If you do not know what to create, the store has SO MANY cute ideas! I want to go back and make some other pieces based on the inspiration on the walls. The Glazed Bisque-It Facebook page also has ideas.

Glazed Bisque-It is located on Starkey Road. It is open Monday-Friday 11:00-5:00 and Saturday 10:00-5:00. They also have camps and party options. For questions or inquiries, you can call them at (540) 985-4567.

Now it is time to roam to the next place! If you have any suggestions for places for us to visit, please let me know!

Josh Eagan

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