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Clay your way to a family-friendly fun

Justin Rodriguez
Manager Jorge Camañez holds a piggy bank, a pottery piece that was finished by a customer.

There is a place in El Paso where you can feel like an artist. At The Clayground, a pottery-making and painting studio, offers a family-fun adventure. 

Located at 5860 N. Mesa, At The Clayground, which will be renamed as StonePainters, is a paint-your-own pottery studio that provides paints, glaze and firing at an affordable price.

Jorge Camañez, manager of the studio, said it is the perfect place for students to relax and to have some personal therapeutic time.

“El Pasoans love this place,” Camanez said. “All customers have to do is walk in, choose the piece they want, paint it and leave it for firing. We glaze the piece or pieces and place them to fire. They usually take about three to five business days, but once all of that is complete, we call you to come pick up your finished piece.”

At The Clayground offers plates, figures and much more to paint and sculpt as a piece of your own. Their collection includes a variety of pieces such as piggy banks, mermaids, eggs, mugs, vases, dragons and ice cream jars.  

There is no need for someone to be a professional artist, the studio is all about going out and having fun. The sculpture studio offers family-time and hosts parties for the young ones.

“The studio has a party room ready for the perfect painting party, and all you have to do is supply the food and drinks,” Camañez said. 

Parents can reserve the party room for their child’s birthday party, then have the opportunity to handpick the figurines that will make their child eager to paint. The figurines are the gifts themselves, ready to be personalized by the birthday boy or girl and their guests, he said.

“I would like to go check it out, it seems fun for the whole family,” said Kevin De La Torre, sophomore engineering major.

The studio is refreshment friendly.With permission in advance, adults can enjoy their favorite beer or wine.

“Only because we want to keep it away from the children, just to be safe,” Camañez said. “More events or studios should open up like StonePainters, whereas to a studio where it’s just for adults. Kids should be included, and this proves to be an example.”

The price depends on the figurine you pick out, ranging from $14 to $16. The average total price is $22, which includes everything from the paint to the firing.

“Students can have an experience too,” Camañez said. “They can bring the whole band or work in (groups of) two. Girls can have a little GNO (girl’s night out) or it can be a date night for couples.  At the Clayground is a diverse studio that will make a simple figurine painting into a fun time.” 

Ashley Muñoz may be reached at [email protected].

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