Hands-on Experiences for Recreational Artists 8

Third Coast Clay provides an outlet for artists who just want to have fun.

If you’re old enough to hold a paintbrush, you can create a one-of-a-kind ceramic masterpiece at Third Coast Clay.

Almost 20 years ago, Third Coast Clay founder Deborah Brannan was searching for a way to bring what she calls “a much-needed artistic outlet” to Nashville: pottery painting. She opened Third Coast Clay in the 12 South neighborhood in 1997. In April of 1999, it relocated to its current spot in The Factory.

In her words, there is always an occasion to come by and paint something. Whether it’s a family outing, a special thing to do with grandparents, a birthday celebration, a corporate outing, team bonding or a “funraising” event, the fun and relaxed environment of Third Coast Clay caters to all ages – after all, making memories isn’t just for the young.

“This is a non-intimidating, creative, relaxed atmosphere where people can just be people for an hour or two,” Brannan said. “There’s a creative aspect to painting pottery, but there’s also a stress relief and therapeutic aspect to it. We give you a space to converse, be on a date or just have fun with a friend away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”

Visitors agree. Two Franklin residents in particular, Rachael Pouliot and Alex Pantall, have been coming to Third Coast Clay since they were young girls – both enjoying birthday parties then. Now, they are painting coffee mugs for one another, as they celebrate becoming roommates and looking for a place to live.

“It’s these stories that tell me we’ve created something special,” said Brennan. “These memories are what drive this unique business and what makes it easy for me to come to work day-after-day and be excited about the fact that people aren’t just creating works of art, they’re creating memories that will span generations and last a lifetime.”

How It Works

Third Coast Clay is open to the public on a drop-in basis. Reservations are only required for parties of six or more artists. Simply choose your piece of pottery from the vast collection around the shop, pick your colors, grab your paintbrushes, wash your pottery and spend an hour or so creating memories decorating your pottery. Once you are finished, leave your pottery with the Third Coast Clay’s “mermaids” (that’s what the employees call themselves) and come back in seven days to pick up your works of art. If you happen to be visiting from out of town, the mermaids will pack and ship your item for an additional fee. Visitors can also feel free to bring their own food and drinks, or dine at one of the Factory restaurants (this applies to date nights, bachelorette parties and everyone else as well).

Kids Birthday Parties

Painting parties can be super fun for kids and super easy for the parents. With a separate party room in the studio that can accommodate up to 20 painters plus a dedicated party helper to assist with the activity, this will be a birthday party every child will remember. Parties cost $18 per child, plus a $50 party fee. The party fee includes 90 minutes in the party room, choice of pottery from the party selection and a colorful, hand-painted birthday plate for the birthday boy or girl. For preferred dates and times, it is recommended that parties book at least 3-4 weeks in advance.


Yes, Funraisers are a creative twist on a traditional fundraiser. Book your event, shout it out to your people and visit Third Coast Clay. They will give back 20 percent of sales to non-profit organizations. A recent weekend Funraiser was for the Williamson County Animal Center.


There is a flat $6 studio fee per person plus the cost of pottery. Most of the pieces available are in the $10 to $40 range. The studio fee covers the use of supplies, including unlimited paints, plus glazing and firing.

Third Coast Clay is open Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit ThirdCoastClay.com or call 615.599.2200.