Tupelo now has two paint-your-own businesses

By Carlie Kollath | NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A paint-your-own pottery store has opened in Tupelo.
The business, called Wet Paint Paint Your Own Pottery Studio amp& Art Gallery, is next to Oreck Vacuums and the former location of Books-a-Million. It opened a week ago.
Wet Paint is Tupelo’s second paint-your-own business.
The Art Shack opened in February on West Jackson Street and offers paint-your-own canvas events. Barbara Eaton, a retired art teacher, is the owner.
Julia Crawford owns Wet Paint. She previously worked at the Cotton Bolt in Tupelo and has an art degree.
Wet Paint has unfinished pottery available for customers to paint. The pottery prices start at $1.50 for snowman Christmas ornaments. Other ready-to-paint items include nightlights, piggy banks, bowls, plates, picture frames, mugs and pet water bowls.
The prices include paint, cleanup and firing of the pottery.
Crawford provides the workspace and painting supplies. Customers paint however they want. She has two kilns to fire the items after they are painted.
Crawford also has a do-it-yourself mosaic area where customers can create mosaics from a selection of colorful chips of glass.
The business has a party room. Kids are welcome, Crawford said.
Painting at The Art Shack focuses a little more on education. Eaton offers art classes for children and adults. Plus, she has “sip amp& stroke” classes at least monthly where she teaches participants how to paint a specific image a step at a time.
Eaton’s business also is available for parties.

Julia Crawford
ADDRESS: 4344 Mall Drive

PHONE: (662) 269-2412

HOURS: Monday through Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

EMPHASIS: Paint-your-own pottery
and make-your-own mosaics

OWNER: Barbara Eaton

ADDRESS: 805 W. Jackson St.

PHONE: (662) 416-3365

HOURS: “Paint & Sip” paint sessions
are on the first and third Monday of
the month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Other paint sessions by appointment.

EMPHASIS: Paint-your-own canvas,
paint & sip parties and art lessons

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