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Kidsday: Painting your own pottery

We recently went to Paint a Piece, a paint-your-own-pottery store in Commack, where we were able to be creative and learn a lot about how to make pottery. We met owner Stephanie Giardina, who took us through the steps to make beautiful pottery.

It is OK if you don't think you have talent in art; Stephanie and her great assistants sat with us during the entire process to help us along. As we picked out a plain ceramic bowl, cup or other item that was on a shelf in the store, they offered us lots of suggestions. They showed us the variety of colors we could choose from and made suggestions on what colors might work well together. We learned how to do all kinds of techniques like zebra, alcohol expansion dots and bubbles -- which will all make sense once you visit the store. Then, we brainstormed on ideas for designs on our pottery.

It was not hard, but it wasn't easy, either! We liked that we could be creative and go crazy with our work, but in the end we wanted to make sure our designs looked just right! We each painted something different. Katherine did a coffee mug, Julia a plate and Kayla a bowl. We loved Paint a Piece, and you will, too. It takes quite a few hours because it has to be placed in a kiln so that the paint could be dried properly.

Find out for yourself how much fun this can be. Visit Paint a Piece at 6126 Jericho Tpke., Commack. Call 631-486-6969.Check the website:

For readers who like the Muppets

I read the book, "Tales of a Sixth-Grade Muppet," story and art by Kirk Scroggs (Little, Brown Books). This book is about a sixth-grade boy named Danvers Blickensderfer. He is not happy with his life and feels like he is invisible. One night, he went to bed wishing he could be like his idol Gonzo from the Muppets. He woke up in the morning and his wish had come true. He was a Muppet!

The rest of the book follows Danvers' adventures as a Muppet. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves "The Diary of the Wimpy Kid" series. This book is filled with comics and funny cartoons, and it is fun to read.

--Kidsday Reporter Sarah Rempe

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