Get Creative at The Mud Room in 2023: Paint Pottery, Fuse Glass, Host a Birthday Party and More

Paint Pottery, Throw Pottery and Fuse Glass at The Mud Room

The Mud Room: 1971 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506

Heading to The Mud Room for an artistic outlet is one of our family’s favorite things to do in Grand Rapids. (We have so many pieces of pottery painted by my kids, I had to get a new shelf just for the art!)

The Mud Room is probably most well known for their pottery painting studio but they offer much more.

Pottery Painting at The Mud Room

Did you know you can sign up for potter’s wheel classes?

Or get into glass fusing or wood sign painting at this one-stop fun shop?

And let’s not forget about the birthday parties and special events. 

Spring Break 2023 at The Mud Room

Spring Break is the perfect time to paint your own pottery at The Mud Room! Walk-ins are welcome. During peak times (like Saturday afternoons) your name will be added to their waitlist if the tables are full – a perfect opportunity to choose your projects, plan your colors and go grab a coffee or snack from one of their amazing neighbor restaurants!


  • Sat, Apr 1: 11 am – 5 pm
  • Sun, Apr 2: 11 am – 5 pm
  • Mon, Apr 3: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Tues, Apr 4: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Wed, Apr 5: 11 am – 8 pm
  • Thu, Apr 6: 11 am – 8 pm
  • Fri, Apr 7, 11 am – 8 pm
  • Sat, Apr 8: 11 am – 5 pm
  • Sun, Apr 9: closed for Easter

How Pottery Painting Works

Drop In to Paint Pottery or Book a Session for Your Group

The Mud Room drop-in sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Some table reservation times are available on their website if you want to make save your spot.

Start by selecting a piece of unpainted, unfinished pottery from their wide selection. With so many different themes and sizes to choose from you’ll want to give yourself a few minutes to narrow down your selection.

Rest assured, you’ll find options for all ages and experience levels!

Select colors from the huge selection of paints, grab a brush, and make your pottery your own.  
Sign your name on the bottom and turn your creation over to The Mud Room staff for firinng.

During the firing process, The Mud Room will apply a shiny clear glaze to your piece and then fire it in the kiln. It’ll be ready to pick up in about one week. At that time, you’ll get a text notification letting you know you can stop by and get your artwork. It’s like Christmas when you get to see what you made!

And psst – These special artworks make great family presents.

Mud Room Pottery

The Mud Room is Set Up for Group Outings

Field Trips, Moms Night Out, Birthday Parties & More

Looking to bring a whole group? You can do that!

Select a time to go, make a reservation, and then choose and pay for your projects when you get there.

Want a private experience? The Mud Room offers after-hours reservations.

Field trip packages for groups of 20+ kids fit the bill when it comes to daycare and school groups. Kids get to create a piece (decided on and paid for in advance) and enjoy being creative in a new way.

Handprint & Footprint Momentos

You can even make a life long memory by having your kid’s handprint or footprint captured on your piece at The Mud Room!

The staff will help you stamp those tiny toes or fingers onto a platter or an ornament (or whatever you choose) and you will have them forever. 

These make a great gift for grandparents!

Mud Room Handprint

Get Busy on the Pottery Wheel

Sign Up to Use The Mud Room’s Wheels & Get Personalized Instruction

Make a reservation for this semi-private, staff guided class that gives you clay, instruction in wheel operation and a whole hour to create your personal masterpiece. 

Painting, glazing and firing are all included. 

Looking for a more in-depth lesson? They have a multi-week class too. 

The three week class, designed for beginners, is for ages 16+ and includes three weekly lessons with wheel time, clay and your completed projects.

Mud Room Wheel

In true Mud Room fashion, they also have Potter’s Wheel birthday parties. 

Book a party for a small group of kids, ages 7-15, to create with clay on the potter’s wheel. 

During the party each kid will form and decorate their own clay pot. They are glazed and fired and ready to be picked up in a few weeks. 

Create a Work of Art with Glass Fusing

Assemble Glass Pieces into Something Remarkable

Glass fusing involves constructing a project with pre-cut colored glass shapes and is open to people ages 7+.

How Glass Fusing Works:

Pick a project of various shapes and sizes and choose your colors.

Add your design and layer the colorful pieces of cut glass out to make a piece perfect for you. 

Then your art is fused and shaped in the kiln. Since glass fusing involves being fired twice, the projects take a couple weeks to complete.

Mud Room Glass Fusing

Glass fusing is only available by reservation so make sure you plan ahead for this unique activity.

Worried about trying this yourself? Invite friends and turn your visit into a creative party!

Special Events at The Mud Room are a Hit with Kids

Sign up for Storytime + Painting

The Mud Room hosts story time for kids from ages 3-6. Read a story and paint some pottery to go along with the story. 

My kids and I have done this and they loved it. And I didn’t have to clean up the mess. 

Reservations are recommended as these have a limited number of seats.

Mud Room Story Time

If your kids are a little older and looking for stuff to do during school breaks, enroll them in Camp Mud

These drop off classes for kids ages 7-15 let the kids mold and work a lump of clay into a personalized art piece on the potter’s wheel.

These sessions fill up fast so plan ahead for this camp.

Mud Room Camp Mud

Birthday Parties: Your Kids Will Love to Party Here

Throw a Low Stress, No Fuss Birthday Party at The Mud Room

The Mud Room’s birthday parties are fun for the kids and easy to plan – because they do all the work. 

Bring 8-16 kids to create in the semi-private party room. Each kid will paint their own project, and pieces will be glazed and fired to complete their artwork. Party packages include time to open gifts, too. 

Did I mention they clean it up afterwards?

Mud Room Birthday Party

They even have party options for kids who may need a little more direction. 

The coloring book party package provides the same fun as the pottery painting party but includes plates with pre-designed outlines to paint – just like a coloring book page. 

You can also get the party to go with their party at home kits. Bring back completed work when they are done and The Mud Room will glaze and fire them.

Create Personalized Wood Signs with Friends

Show off your farmhouse style by painting specialized wood signs for your home. 

Available by appointment, groups of 2-12+ guests can choose from a variety of designs and sizes. 

Just add your favorite color palette and be ready to show off your project at home.

Got a whole group excited about the signs? Turn it into a party and have the Party Room all to yourself.

Mud Room Wooden Sign

Do Not Miss This Amazing Place Everyone Will Enjoy

The Mud Room offers so much more than just pottery painting.

Make a reservation, throw that party and show off a new skill all in one spot.

The Mud Room

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1971 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506
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