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Mind Over Splatter still fi ring away
by Joan Westlake the handprint plates make
When Mind Over Splatter’s memorable gifts for the recipients
owners announced they were and the children who create them.
moving out of state, loyal While some come to relax and
customers such as Nicole Gunning relieve stress through painting
were concerned about the paint- and creating, Mind Over Matter
it-yourself pottery place leaving is also party central. Starting at
downtown Chandler. While others $7 per person plus the cost of
bemoaned the impending absence the items, guests receive 1.5 hours
of this casual place for kids and of studio time with an assigned
the young-at-heart to create, hostess, a gift for the guest of
Gunning, who lives in Southern honor, a favor for all the guests
Chandler with her husband, Jeff, and all studio fees. The cost per
made an offer to buy it. In August, guest increases with the addition
Gunning officially took over of more studio time and premium
owning the shop and fi ring the items to paint. For $20, the shop
kilns. provides paper goods, silverware,
Noting the success of the shop, candles, ice cream and a cake
Gunning says she doesn’t plan a from InPockets Bakery next door.
lot of changes, except seeing her Invitations, balloons, food and
children, Bennett, 6, and Kelsey, 4 party favor bags are also available.
1/2, help out.
STSN photo
Ideal for kid’s parties, Gunning
Customers come in, select an
NEW OWNER: Nicole Gunning, standing, the new owner of Mind Over Splatter, assists customers decorate pottery.
says they also host mom’s clubs,
item starting from $7, put on an girlfriend gatherings and arrange
apron and choose paints. The vast private after-hours parties for
paint selection includes some with speckles that “explode” during fi ring and others groups.
that create metallic shines. Once supplies are gathered, the inner artist can be set In addition to walk-ins and parties, Mind Over Splatter features a variety of
free. When the artist is fi nished, the creation is left to be fi red and can be picked up special events and discount days, such as Family Day Sun., Oct. 25, when studio
in about four to six days. fees are $6 each all day. On Mon., Oct. 19, attendees can tie-dye pillowcase candy
In addition to the price for the item, there is a $7 studio fee that covers the kiln bags; reservations required. Check out the complete calendar of events at www.
fi ring plus the use of all brushes, paints, glazes, stencils, stamps, idea books and art mindoversplatter.com.
tables along with assistance and advice from the helpful staff. Located at 64 S. San Marcos Pl., Mind Over Splatter is closed Mondays except
“No one has ever left because they couldn’t fi nd something they wanted to during school breaks. Regular hours are 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through
paint,” says Gunning. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For details or party
Coffee mugs and animal fi gurines are very popular. Around the holidays, reservations, call 480-899-1174.
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