Fired Up Pottery

Walk In, Make Art, Create Memories
Cheaper than therapy and way more fun

Our store is now accepting 10 artists IN THE STORE  7 days a week. Pottery painting and glass fusing are available, as is pottery wheel use and classes.  To guarantee a table, we suggest reserving online by using the link above "paint in store".  For tables day of painting you can call ahead 608-442-9900 to check availability and we can pencil you in.  You can still shop online, and we are still doing delivery for a flat fee of $5 a trip in Dane County.

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Yes!  We are still delivering to Dane County Addresses at $5 a trip.   I am also open to going other places, Let's start a conversation.

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                  Fired Up Pottery in Madison, Wisconsin
                          Friday July 3, 2020  

We are now staffing the store  7 days a week from 12-6, and 12-5 on Sundays.  We are allowed to have 10 artists in the store.   We are taking reservations  for painting in the store by clicking the link "Paint in the Store" under book online above.   We also have curbside pickup, or we can deliver pottery or mail pottery to you.

We prefer you wear masks while in the store (those that are capable).   We want you to be safe and we want our store to be a safe place for others too.   If you don't have a mask, we can sell you one for $2.

Also, we would like you to wash your hand both upon entering and exiting the store to reduce germ spread.  Thanks so much.

 If you want to order pottery to go or pick up use this link. 

Please specify colors too, that would be awesome. There is a place to do that in the comment section when you check out. We will make up your kit and you can either pick it up curbside, or we can deliver through the end of June.  People have also suggested a paint and wine night at home on zoom.  We can support that also.  Email

I also have set delivery days.
Monday:  McFarland, Stoughton, East Madison
Tuesday:  Fitchburg, Verona, Paoli, Belleville, Oregon and Brooklyn
Wednesday:  Cottage Grove, Deerfield, Cambridge, Monona, Madison East
Thursday:  West and North side of Madison, Cross Plains, Middleton, Waunakee
Friday:  Deforest, Windsor, Sun Prairie

So, how does this work?   You pick out pottery you would like, I put together kits of  pottery, brushes and paints so you can create safely at home. These items are included in the cost of the pottery.  Some people are getting multiple pieces and having paint parties with their friends over zoom.  Other people are buying kits for their children or grandchildren and I am delivering them.  So, it is working.

In your kit you will have pottery, brushes and glaze colors that you choose.  You paint the item, and keep it at home until life "resumes" again.  Bring it back to Fired Up Pottery, along with the brushes when we can safely travel, and we will fire it like normal.

Clay gnome classes are still a thing. You can buy a clay kit online for $28, and it includes all the firings and paint.  Follow along with our video on our YouTube channel, Fired Up Pottery Madison WI.  Look for Gnome at home. 
Here is the link:  Gnome at Home on You Tube

I'm sure many will have questions, (hey we do too!) and this is a super fluid situation so you will see more emails from me.  Stay safe and be smart.  

Here is an interesting phone call I got....  (July 3, 2020) is a website that has us listed for bachelorette parties.  We did not apply to be listed, so I have asked for Fired Up Pottery to be removed.

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I could not figure out how to pause this part...   so for now ignore.  Thanks.

 In a normal world (not now)….  How does Fired Up Pottery work?  You walk in, and we help you get started with an art project.  Allow an hour to 90 minutes for most projects.  Pieces are ready in about 7 to 10 days.  (See explanation below why it takes so long...)   We also ship finished projects.  Most people start with Pottery painting or Glass fusing.  Glass fusing is easy, it is like making a sugar cookie; you put glass on top of glass and glue it.  We put it in the kiln and fuse it together.
People are surprised when we say we do art with all ages, including babies and toddlers.

Projects for babies:  Hand and Foot Print art using paint, of course!  We will help you with the prints and writing.  If you want clay prints, you must make an appointment.

Projects for Toddlers:  Let them paint in medium to light colors and we can also add a hand or foot print with paint.

Projects for kids under 6:  They are also great ages to do hand or footprint art.  They also like to use a lot of color when painting, and are becoming interested in making art the "right" color, so we see more brown dogs and less purple dogs.  They are interested in painting the entire piece, leaving less white space than they did when younger.  Kids this age make great art!  
We also have a Kids on the Pottery Wheel class for ages 3 and up ($25).

Why does the pottery take 7-10 days to get back?  Our kilns are big, and it takes two days to fire a project from load to unload.  We have to have enough art to run the kilns, and for most weeks that means we run the kilns twice a week.  After you paint, we dip the pieces in clear glaze to make them shiny, and so all the clay is covered. We let that clear coat dry, then we load them into the kiln on stilts.  Kiln loading takes a couple of hours.  After unloading the kiln, we check the pieces over and if there is a flaw (rare!) we will fix it and refire, which uses up a couple more days.  We then Dremel the sharp points off the bottom of the piece, match it with your name and contact you.

It is a great day to create art.
 Make some memories today.

Iris from Madison:  My niece an I had fun doing this together.  We could each do our own things and be creative in our own unique ways.  I can't wait to see how our projects turn out.

Sawyer (9 years old):  I really like arts and crafts and its relaxing"

Cole:  My girlfriend and I came for a pottery class for an anniversary, and let me tell you it was so much fun. The instructor Kim was cheerful, knowledgeable, and very patient. She was excellent at gauging your skill level and helping where you need it.  If you are looking to take a pottery class this is the one for you! So much fun, I know I already said that but it need to be said again

A review on YELP: "What a great place to relax during a blizzard! A friend and I decided to check it out on a snowy afternoon and they have a great selection of pottery to paint, from small ornaments or figurines to large plates and bowls. The owner and her staff were incredibly patient and helpful, walking us through the step by step process to ensure we felt confident with the projects we chose...."It was so fun and relaxing! (It actually cured my hangover.)

From Abbi in Madison:  "Coming to Fired Up Pottery is a great tradition for my grandchildren.  We have been coming since they were small.  I enjoy seeing how their art changes as they grow".

From Brad (a workplace event):  We had a wonderful time at Fisher King Winery in Verona with Alex and Kim.  (You) helped us all make imaginative beautiful fused glass objects.  I appreciated the opportunity to push my imagination in creating our glass creations.  My night light turned out great.  Thanks!" 

Thanks!  We enjoy reading testimonials, and we know you like to read them too!

 We have walk in:
*Paint your own Pottery, including High Fire  
*Glass Fusing
*Canvas Painting (without instruction)

We recommend a class for:
*Instructed Canvas Classes
and Clay and Pottery Wheels

Our phone number is 608-442-9900.
Madison, Wisconsin
Open 10-7 Mon-Saturday
Open until 7  pm on Thursdays and Fridays
Open 11-5 on Sundays

(We are usually open every day Except Thanksgiving and Christmas).
The wet clay studio (clay and wheels only) has limited availability December 1 to 26.

  Clay and wheel pottery classes can be signed up for in advance by using the book online tab above.
  Please sign up at least 4 days before the class.

Most people spend between $18 to $42 a person, but we do have pottery starting at $5.  Glass fusing or pottery painting are ready in about 7 to 10 days, and board art and acrylic painting are taken home the same day.  No appointment necessary.

We host guided canvas painting, birthday parties, pottery wheel classes, girl scout troops and team building for companies by reservation.  See the book online tab above.
We would love to host your group! Most people have so much fun they are already planning their next visit before they leave!  We look forward to seeing you soon.  The party room is also available for rent after hours.

In case of bad weather, please call the store.  If we answer, we are open. (Low tech but it works).

Fired Up is a walk in, make art, create memories studio.  That means no appointment necessary.  However, we do appreciate a phone call from groups larger than 6 so we can seat you together.
4112 Monona Drive    Madison, WI  53716

We do one free 4" tile of your child's footprint, or $8 off another pottery option.  For children 6 months and younger, please.  (Larger feet will not fit on the tile).

As a reminder, the wet clay studio (pottery wheels) has limited availability December 1, 2020 to December 25, 2020. Wet clay pieces made after December 1 will not be ready by December 24.

Food can be brought into the studio if you rent the party room, otherwise non-alcoholic drinks are fine in the main studio and party room.    Snacks which can be eaten with fingers and do not smell are also welcome in both the party room and main studio.  

Small note:  We just saw our studio listed on a coupon site, and it redirects to this home page.  Please note:  We do send out coupons via email, but only to folks who follow us by email or Facebook.  If you have coupons from 3rd party vendor sites, we did not issue these and will not be honoring them.  Please check with us about the validity of a coupon before choosing your project.  Much thanks!

We offer pottery painting, glass fusing, and canvas painting on a walk-in basis. Our staff are always happy to help newcomers. Pottery and glass pieces will be ready to pick up in 7-10 days. Canvas is ready the same day. We're a great spot to make gifts for parents, grandparents, friends, coworkers, and even teachers!  We just added wine glass painting- take home the same day.

We also run classes, including clay classes, wheel classes, girl scout and boy scout events, field trips, bachelorette parties, bridal showers, corporate team-building events, birthday parties, and fundraisers! Events and classes can be booked online.

We appreciate reservations for groups of 6 or more, since it helps us plan staffing.
4112 Monona Dr, Madison WI 53716

For more about us, check out our other media:

Click the link above to see the inside of our studio. You can navigate using the buttons on the bottom right.  Can you spot Deena the Birthday Dinosaur in our party room?

The video to the left is about 9 years old, (Time flies) and it was filmed by Google!  It is still a great video (90 seconds).  I look different now, with more grey hair. -Kim