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What is Petroglyph in Willow Glen?

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Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge in Willow Glen is a pottery art studio in San Jose, California. Customers pick out a piece and paint it themselves before it is fired in a kiln to produce a unique pottery piece. A petroglyph is defined as a representation made by scraping away rock to produce an abstract image in stone.

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Customers of the art studio pick out a white ceramic piece known as a bisque, which is then painted using various colors of paint mixed with water. After the paint dries, pieces are glazed and then fired, sometimes for more than eight hours, in a kiln that reaches 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit. Then the pieces completely cool for 16 hours or more. They are ready a few days after the initial painting is complete. Every clay earthenware object is microwave-safe.

As of July 2014, pottery pieces vary in price, and there is a studio fee on top of paying for the ceramic. A studio fee entitles customers to paint all day. Normal sessions take a total of 1 to 2 hours. Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge has locations in Los Gatos, Santa Cruz and Roseville in addition to the one in San Jose. The San Jose pottery studio features a candlemaking studio next door.

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