Color Me Mine: Pasadena’s New “Hot Spot”

After several years at their Colorado location Color-Me-Mine has a new face. Now under new ownership Shawn Dellis and partner Lindsay Craine have settled into a 1300 square foot space on the corner of Green Street and Fair Oaks Street in Old Town Pasadena.

If you are not familiar with the Color-Me-Mine name you should be. It is quickly becoming one of Pasadena’s “places to be.” With their easy paint-it-yourself ceramics, this studio has seen a surge of people pulling up a chair for a little afternoon art therapy. As a matter of fact “The Art of Having Fun,” is there motto. And that is exactly what is happening. Patrons from three to sixty don a piece of pottery, find a cozy table and with a few strokes of their brush walk away with their very own porcelain masterpiece. The light airy studio has tables for two or parties over twenty. As soon as you walk in the door there is fun welcoming feel that makes you smile.

But with over 300 different ceramic pieces, 60 exclusive colors, and 9 specialized painting techniques where to start could be the biggest drawback. Not to worry Color- Me-Mine has friendly knowledgeable staff to guide your process. Whether you have an artistic bone like Picasso or prefer a splatter method like Jackson Pollock there is something for you.

“For the price of a nice movie and popcorn a family of four can have a memorable bonding experience,” says Dellis. He goes on to tell about the day a mother wandered into the studio with her young daughter and their new puppy. “They had just picked up the puppy,” Dellis explains, “and were walking through Old Town when they saw the studio.” They jumped at the opportunity to memorialize the moment. Fifteen minutes later with a dip of the paw and print of a hand she had a piece to cherish forever.

But Color-Me-Mine is hardly just for families. Over half of the studio’s patrons are adults having a casual friend to friend chat or on dates. One couple who chose this hot spot as their Saturday activity was thrilled with the whole experience. “I had a great time. I will definitely come back,” they stated. The couple picked the Pasadena studio over other LA locations because of the studio’s atmosphere and old world charm.

Dellis is pleased with the response. Open now for only eight short weeks the store is already recommending weekend reservations for a table although, walk-ins are always welcome. “In eight weeks we have had twenty-four parties. We have also rented out the studio for large family reunions and corporate events.” Or let the party come to you. The Color-Me-Mine staff can set up shop in your own backyard. Pick the ceramic pieces you would like in advance and they will provide materials as well as two staff members for the duration of the party. The completed pieces are carefully packed up and taken to the studio for glazing. Once glazed your one-of-a-kind work of art will be oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Next time you are looking for a new way to spend time with friends and family, consider Color-Me-Mine. Grab your imagination and that special someone, they will provide the rest.