Couple creates space for creativity with new pottery studio at The Landing

Glazed Arts studio helper Kandi Jackson prepares to get creative with some pottery.  - Tracey Compton, Renton Reporter
Glazed Arts studio helper Kandi Jackson prepares to get creative with some pottery.
— image credit: Tracey Compton, Renton Reporter

Renton’s got a new space for creativity in Glazed Arts ceramic painting studio, which opened March 1 at The Landing.

The husband and wife team of Doug Chinn and Backy Dere opened the studio, their first business, as a solution to creative family fun time close to home.

The family was looking for a creative outlet similar to other studios they’d seen in University Village and the Eastside and couldn’t find one, so they decided to design their own.

Dere has been a graphic designer for more than 20 years and was motivated to pursue this business venture based on her background and her three kids’ interest in art.

“It’s kind of between my kids, they are creative and they like doing things like this and there’s nothing in the Renton area,” she said.

Transitioning between careers, the art studio seemed like the perfect solution, the couple said.

“Living in the Highlands, where we are, there where limited places that we could go to do an activity like this,” said Chinn.

The couple counts their studio as different from the rest, offering not only paint-your-own-pottery options but mosaics as well. They also have a party space larger than most studios, they said.

Dere and Chinn visited other art studios outside the area, keying in on what the studios did right and what could be improved upon. Last April they settled on the idea of a ceramic painting studio.

“We wanted to offer just different things that might be slightly different from some of the other studios that are out there,” Dere said.

Their target market, they say, is suitable for all ages and their space accommodates  showers, girls’ night out, birthdays and corporate team-building events.

“I think certainly that the community and the City of Renton, hopefully, we can all benefit each other obviously in offering something like this to the community,” Chinn said.

Glazed Arts is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday. It’s located at 827 N. 10th Pl., Suite D in Renton’s The Landing.

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