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Paint Your Own Ornament

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

ARK Pottery Expressions in Killeen is hosting its annual Paint Your Own Ornament Event on Saturday, December 16. This unique pottery studio offers a variety of projects for all ages to create, with the motto: “You don’t have to be an artist to have fun at our studio!”

The event will take place from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at their Killeen location, 882 S. Fort Hood Street. Reservations are required, and the tickets are roughly $15 for an all-inclusive pass to pick out your own ornament, paint it, and take it home the same day. A clear over-glaze is typically applied and the pottery is kiln fired to make your ornament super shiny and food-safe.

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Pieces from last year’s Paint Your Own Ornament Event are on display from ARK Pottery Expression, which allows families to create their own hand-crafted designs.

Those who attend will be able to choose two ornaments—there will be a snowman, mitten, round ornament and gingerbread man options—from there, they will move on to the color station and select up to six colors to use on the piece of their choice. Santa will also be in attendance to take pictures with all the children, and cookies as well as hot chocolate will be provided. The cost will be $18 at the door if no reservation has been made.

ARK also offers glass fusing—helpful and friendly staff members are there to offer assistance if needed. Fused glass is actually an easier project for those that don’t enjoy painting; the designs are created by layering colorful shapes of glass onto a project base. Kiln fire is then used to bring those layers together for a smooth finish, and the end results can include jewelry, pendants, frames, night lights, sun catchers, plates, dishes and serving pieces. Glass fusion is recommended for those aged 10 and up unless assisted by an adult. ARK can provide everything needed to create the perfect piece of art, including hundreds of “ready to paint” pieces called bisques. A wide selection of bright colors, sponges and brushes, stencils and sample pieces are also available for inspiration. Walks in are available anytime, along with party rooms that are perfect for any celebrations. Classes on clay hand building, canvas painting, and pottery techniques are also available. The studio is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about the services offered by ARK Pottery Expressions, call 254 317 0144. To purchase tickets for the Paint Your Own Ornament Event, visit


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