Creativity Starts Here...

What are your hours? 

Monday,Tues, Wed,  1pm-8pm

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11-9pm

Sunday 1-5

*If no painters are present Hot Mess will close 1 hour early.  Please call ahead.  Last seating for painters is 1 hr. prior to close.

We are happy to accommodate your group or 10 or more  if you need special hours, please let me know how I can assist you! 

Are Reservations Required?

For groups of 8 or more, yes please! Also for Sip & Paint, Sip & Spin, and other Project Nights, we do require pre-paid reservations.

If you'd like to try the Pottery Wheels give us a call before coming and we will see if our resident Potter is available.  Wheels are not for walk-in use, they are by reservation only.  We have 7 wheels in the studio, and 2 mini wheels for kids ages 5 & 6, so if you'd like to plan a fun night out with friends and try something new let us know!

For general walk-ins, we have an OPEN STUDIO policy, meaning, you can just walk on in and get your paint-on!

Need any canvases pre-sketched? No problem, there is a $5 sketching fee and call us BEFORE you arrive so we can get that ready for you!

Can we bring in food/drinks?

Ofcourse!  Beverages and snacks are welcome.  However, greasy fingers will leave prints on your pottery! 

What kinds of projects can we do there?

Oh, all kinds!! 

  • Pottery-Painting
  • Clay Sculpting
  • Mosaic
  • Wine or Pilsner Glass Painting (class or walk-ins)
  • Canvas Painting (class or walk-ins)
  • Fairy Gardens
  • Stepping Stones
  • Bottle Slumping & Painting
  • Glass Fusion
  • Pottery Wheel Classes
  • Project Nights
  • Ladies Nights
  • Family Nights
  • Art Classes (Homeschool & Afterschool)
  • Story Time
  • Party!

How long does it take to get my project back?

Well, that depends on what you do!  A lot of our projects you can take with you!

  • Pottery is kiln-fired, so please give us about a week, peak times may take longer, clay will take up to 4 wks or more if very thick.
  • Paint-N-Take Project Pottery can be painted & gloss-sprayed, take home same day!
  • Mosaics are left with us for grouting, give us a day or two, just to make sure it's completely dry & buffed. 

If you need something asap, we can try and squeeze it in, depending on which kiln is cooling, it can be as soon as 24 hrs.  Fast Fire fees may apply.  Ask your staff artist for details. 

*We hold projects for 30 days, and will call/text you a few times for pick up-however, after 30 days items deemed homeless will be donated!

I can draw a pretty decent stick figure, but that's it, can I still come?

Ofcourse!  All of our Sip & Paint classes offer pre-sketching upon request! (That's the secret my friend)

We also have stencils, silk screens, coloring book pottery, and an artist on site to assist!

So how much does it cost?

We are very budget friendly! 

Sip & Paint Canvas Prices:  You choose!

Canvas:  *sizes subject to availability *pre-sketching fee $5 per canvas

  • 8x8 $10
  • 8x10 $12
  • 9x12 $15
  • 10x10 $15
  • 12x12 $20
  • 11x14 $20
  • 12x16 $25
  • 16x20 $30
  • 10x20 $30

Wine Glass $15

Beer Stein or Pilsner $20

  • And ANY themed class painting can be incorporated onto a pottery plate, platter, mug, bowl....


  • Depends whatcha paint! 
  • NO studio fees or glazing fees or work-in-progress fees
  • Kids pieces start at $5 (really!!)


  • Variety is the spice of life, so let's say $15 and up!

All other awesome stuff:

  • Let's just say we are affordable and fun and have projects to meet every budget.  I promise!

Hot Mess is a family owned creative & contemporary art Studio. 
We work together to run a fun & successful family business.  
In love the coastal town of Wilmington, we are proud to call it our home!

You will find Hot Mess at local service events, fundraisers & school functions.  

Striving to be leaders in our community, we adopt the "pay it forward" attitude each and every day. 
Bringing Wilmington a little fun, a little creativity and a lot of love is what we are all about.

Come and visit us at Hot Mess, and we promise....

All Who Enter As Guests, Leave As Friends.     



We are closed on Memorial Day!  

Hot Mess Studios

6005 Oleander Dr.

Wilmington NC 28403


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