Paint your own pottery at Market 124!

Stop in today and choose from our wide variety of figurines, mugs, platters, and much more –no reservations required for parties with 5 people or fewer.  Once your pottery is painted and fired in our kiln, it’s safe to use in the microwave and the dishwasher (although we recommend hand-washing, to help it last longer).  Call us during business hours to schedule a private party!


Pottery FAQ

Welcome to Market 124’s paint your own pottery page! If you have questions about how paint your own pottery works at Market 124, read on!

When can I paint pottery?

Pottery can be painted anytime during business hours at Market 124. Monday- Saturday  | 10:00am – 5:00pm Thursdays till 7:00pm.

Do I need to make a reservation?

No, you don’t need to make a reservation unless you have 6 people or more. Walk-ins are welcome! Make sure you allow enough time to be finished painting before Market 124 closes.

How much does painting pottery cost?

We have a wide variety of items anywhere from $6 figurines, $12 mugs and plates to $30-$40 platters. Each item is individually priced and includes all costs. There are no painting fees at Market 124!

What do I do if I don’t finish my pottery right away?

If you don’t finish your pottery don’t worry! We’ll pack it up for you to take home and bring back to finish at a later time. Payment is only required the first time you paint.

How long does it take to get my painted pottery back?

It takes anywhere from a week to three weeks to get your pottery back. We wait till our kiln is full to fire. Sometimes it fills up fast and sometimes it takes a little more time.

How do I schedule a Painting Party?

You can call us during our business hours and schedule a private party. Great for birthdays, friends’ night out, or retirement parties! If the party is after hours there is a $10/hour charge.

Can I bring snacks, cupcakes, alcohol to a party?

We are a proud partner with Grandma Sugar’s Cupcakery and so we ask that you not bring cupcakes to Market 124. Grandma Sugar’s bakes cupcakes in house, fresh every day. Market 124 also sells Iowa wine and so we ask you do not bring your own wine into our store. Other food, snacks or alcohol is allowed (provided you’re 21). We will happily provide you with a list of downtown restaurants as well as take out menus if you ask!

Do I need to bring painting clothes?

No. The paint used on the pottery is not like other paints (It’s actually a glaze) and it will wash out of clothes. We do have some aprons available to be used on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I use my finished pottery?

Yes! We put a clear glaze over your piece before firing to ensure that it will be sealed and safe to use. Your pottery is lead-free, microwave and dishwasher safe. *Your pottery will last longer if you hand-wash it.