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Briarcliff Pottery Studio Provides Bonding Time

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – For A Maze In Pottery owner Aggie Radzik, painting pottery gives families and friends an opportunity to do something relaxing and fun together.

"It's really not about pottery, it's about people coming here together with families and spending quality time together," Radzik said.

Radzik worked as a potter and painter in Poland, and she helped out in paint-your-own-pottery places in Chicago and Connecticut before deciding to open up her own pottery place. The A Maze In Pottery locale at 76 North State Rd. offered enough space and parking, so Radzik moved to Briarcliff and opened her shop there two years ago.

A Maze In Pottery invites people from toddlers to the elderly to come paint ceramic pieces including plates, bowl, figurines, mirrors, boxes and coin banks. The price is $8 per artist plus the price of the ceramic piece, or a set price of $25 per person for birthday parties with the piece and all supplies included. The studio also has special promotions for groups and discounts on certain days of the week.

Customers paint their ceramic piece using colors that they pick out themselves, and an A Maze In Pottery worker fires it in a kiln in the back of the studio. The customer then takes the finished product home.

"I have a child at home and I know what they like, I know the market," Radzik said. "This is something where I can bring some money home and do something that I like to do, something that I'm good at."

A Maze In Pottery manager Polly Harris recalled hosting a bridal shower where the women made a set of plates and bowls for the bride. A Maze In Pottery also works with school children, including Todd elementary school children and children in Briarcliff Recreation Department programs, and with the Sleepy Hollow Senior Center.

For the holiday season, the pottery studio is hosting "Listen and Paint" sessions where children listen to a story and then paint a pottery piece based on the story. The studio has many holiday-themed ceramic pieces including snowmen, lighted Christmas trees, menorahs, dreidels and holiday mugs.

Aside from inviting customers to paint their own pottery, A Maze In Pottery also does custom pieces with special images painted onto to ceramic pieces. On Tuesday, Radzik was creating a special plate with a painting of a customer's dog on it, for a price of $100.

"They give us a picture and we'll do it," Harris said.

A Maze In Pottery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.

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