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Paint It Your Way at Art and Soul

Pam Heberton of Darien recently took over the Art & Soul pottery painting studio in New Canaan and wants it to be "a happy place" for her customers.

Heberton, whose children are in college now, bought the studio in May. "I said, 'If I don't have the studio, what am I going to do?' My husband was very encouraging. He said you know you're so much happier when you're there. It's true. I can see kids. It's a happy place, people come here to be happy. And it's fun."

Customers come to the studio, pick out a piece of pottery and spend as much time as they want painting it. Heberton does the rest, dipping the piece in glaze and firing it in one of the shop's two kilns. The customer comes back and picks up their finished piece a few days later.

"We had one family with kids who just graduated from college. And they came and they wanted to make plates for her apartment. And they came every week to work on a plate and a bowl for her apartment," Heberton said. "We loved seeing them. They were here, they were regulars and they knew the drill. It was great, it was fun."

With school getting back in session, Heberton expects traffic to dip a bit, so if you're in the mood to paint pottery, now may be the time to go. The busiest times, she says, are Mother's Day and Father's Day. But for Heberton, every day is a good day at Art & Soul.

"We just love it here," she said. "People come and they get hooked."

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