Creative ClayHouse began with a "paint your own pottery" outing in Missouri with our granddaughter, Maia, in 2004. The memories created that day live on in the cherished picture frame we painted together.
After many discussions and tons of research, Richard and I agreed this might be a business we could do together. The idea of creating a rewarding experience for people around Suwanee appealed to us. Thus, the idea for Creative ClayHouse was born.
At first we ran a mobile studio, bringing the pottery and paints to our painters or inviting them to paint on our porch at home.
After a few months, we realized the demand was significant; we needed a permanent location. The search was on. We looked at storefronts and strip malls, but they just didn't feel right. In April 2005, while driving down Main Street in Suwanee we saw the perfect place, a pink house next to Pierce's Corner. Although it wasn't for sale, I decided to knock on the door and ask the owners if they were interested in selling. Lillian Carasco's reply, "I told God he'd have to send somebody to my door before I'd sell this house." My response, "Here I am." In August 2005, Creative ClayHouse opened with a dedication service. Only by God's grace could we have found a location and opened only two months after closing.
The house is steeped in history with a story all its own. Originally built by Dr. Jackson in 1876, the house still boasts the original floors and fireplaces in the two front rooms. You can see the holes in the walls of the Mocha Mood room where the post office boxes were hung during its time, in later years, as the Suwanee Post Office. The house served as a summer home for a well-to-do Atlantan in the 1950's.
Looking through the wavy glass panes you can imagine a past where horse drawn wagons full of cotton rolled by on their way to the gin at the corner of Stonecypher and Main Street. Children played stickball in the dusty streets and bought peppermint sticks from the corner general store. A day when Pierce's Corner was in its glory, the Main Street Photography building was the bank and Jerry Little's building was a gas station.
By 1996 the house was in danger of being condemned when the Carasco's bought it and began the restoration. The front door with the original colored glass was salvaged from the old carriage house in the back yard when the fancy new door was stolen during the renovation.
Today, children play in the backyard and run to the windows to watch the train chug by just as they did in years past. And, in a way, the doctor is in. But, today instead of setting of broken bones, we're healing weary spirits in need of a break. Instead of filling postal boxes with mail, we're filling paint trays with Wine About It, Moody Blue, and Cheeky Pink paints. Families continue to make memories within the walls that echo with history. Handprints cover plates, mugs, and platters as well as the walls. And, even now, guests can sit on the front porch watching the world go by while they paint. We're continuing the history and tradition of this old house by helping new generations create memories.
We invite you to come by and create your own special memory. Spend some family time making a keepsake. Celebrate a birthday or event, or just take in the history. Let us host a tour of the house and help you choose the perfect piece of pottery or fused glass.
We've had a lot of fun making Creative ClayHouse. We hope that you have even more fun here!