Oh What A Dish has been open in the Valley since 2003, located in the Town of Buchanan just off of College Avenue and Eisenhower Drive. I recently got a chance to meet with Kimberly Davis, the owner, and talk about all that they have to offer families.
From the novice to an expert in arts and painting, Kimberly says, “anyone can do it.” You pick out a piece of unpainted pottery, choose your colors and paint your design. The piece must dry first to a matte finish and from there it will be glazed and fired to the glossy finished one-of-a-kind masterpiece. This process takes 4 days to complete.
Kimberly assured me that no experience is necessary and you can get as elaborate as you would like. There are idea books for those of us (me) that are not so artistically inclined along with stamps, stencils, stickers and patterns to use for creating your piece of functional art. Kimberly says that anything can be used as an inspiration from wrapping paper colors to something you already own.
As a mom, some of the pieces that really piqued my interest were ones that had children’s hand prints and foot prints on them. There was a cookie jar that I thought would be so perfect for my mom as a Grandma present with the grandkids hand prints. Don’t be afraid if you have family out of town, Kimberly will let you take your piece home to get the relatives involved. All the pieces can be done in stages and you can take the piece and the paint home with you if need be.
All of the paints are non-toxic and wash off easily with soap and water. This makes it nice when you are working with smaller children. Kimberly finds that most children ages 6 and up have the easiest time with painting and being able to concentrate on painting their pieces. However, any age is welcome and mom or dad is encouraged to help their children.
Prices range from $5.50 up to $47.00 and this includes the entire process--piece, paint, glazing, and firing. The dinner plates and jumbo mugs are the most popular items along with seasonal pieces dependent on the time of year. All of these pieces are functional art so they can be used and washed. Hand washing is the best but they can go in the dishwasher if there is an occasional oops I threw it in, sorry look from the kids or hubby.
If you are looking for some fun and unique ideas for Easter or Mother’s Day, Oh What A Dish has what you are looking for. Kimberly had some adorable bunnies, eggs, and a super cute Easter Bunny bowl perfect for the Easter candy.
Oh What A Dish has worked with KinderCare groups, schools for field trips, scouting groups, birthday parties along with families looking for an art day or even the mom who enjoys crafts and needs a day away. If you have a large enough group, Kimberly and staff will travel making this a nice option for bigger groups with small children.