For those who host family gatherings, feeding many people can be difficult when they have too few dishes as their disposal. Some people tend to collect odds and ends, and they might be able to feed a large gathering with plates that do not match. For those who have worked hard to set a table that looks complete, a set of decorative dishes could help them reach their goal. Buying them could be too expensive, but learning to make them might even provide them with a new sense of accomplishment.
Pottery classes are offered in many communities, but those who run them recognize that only some people will have the talent to create pieces from clay. Many today have plates, cups, and bowls that are ready to be decorated, and they are open to the general public. There is generally a person versed in paints and glazes to help customers make their own choices, and the pieces are fired once the decorating is done.
It could take a great many visits to be able to create an entire set of dishes, but those willing to stay with it will find it can be a relaxing way to spend a few hours. Those who take it seriously might find they have an ability to mix colors and patterns in a pleasant format, and they might choose to make more than one set of dishes. Some of them will branch out to pieces that are even more complex, but others will stay with it until they have made what they need.
Discovering a talent for any craft is usually a pleasant surprise, and many have found that painting pottery pieces gives them a warm feeling. They see it as a way to express their love of beauty, but it is in a format they can handle with ease.