A Paint-it-yourself Pottery Studio!


WE ARE OPEN!  Make sure that you wear a mask starting June 26, 2020 per Gov. Inslee's Covid-19 instructions!  If you don't have a mask, we have some at the front counter to give to you.  We will offer you a mask if you do not have one. 

**We highly encourage Kits to Go as it allows you to paint at your leisure without being at the studio.  Due to new guidelines per Gov. Inslee, we are allowed 13 people inside the studio.  As of Nov. 15, 2020 this guideline will be part of our studio requirements for a month, and can be extended based on state guidelines.  We also encourage appointments if you want to paint inside the facility M-Th.  Any pickups, drop off, and walk-ins must be done Fri-Sun during business hours.  Due to seating capacity restrictions we encourage you to call ahead to make sure we have available space.  We appreciate your understanding!

***Returning customers get a 10% off discount when they come back to paint with us!

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We are a husband and wife team, that decided to start The Painting Panda Pottery Studio L.L.C., as a way to fill a void in Downtown Tacoma.  With an ever-changing city we wanted to put in a studio that offers locals and visitors a fun activity.  Fed up with chasing job interviews and challenging work-life balance, we felt we can use our collective talents to start our own business.  We love painting pottery and the idea of turning a blank canvas into a personal masterpiece is why we felt the drive to create a painting pottery studio.


PIY!  Paint-it-yourself is what The Painting Panda is all about.  It is a perfect place to take a date, have a kid’s birthday party, or bring friends for creative play.   There is no studio fee, and the price you see on our shelves are the price you pay.  This includes all paint, glazing, and firing.  Walk-ins are welcomed, so no appointment is needed.  

***We are located in the ART section of Freighthouse Square in space 63



A:   440 E. 25th. St.  #63

Tacoma, WA 98421

T:   253-256-2128

E:  paintingpanda2019@gmail.com

M-TH Appointment only

Friday & Saturday: 11-5 PM

Sunday: 1-4 PM

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Born and raised in Kentucky, Herschel Wilson is a college grad from Western Kentucky University as well as from Indiana University - Purdue University of Indianapolis.  After working in the corporate world for Lockheed Martin as well as Lowe's Corporate, Herschel moved from Indianapolis to Albuquerque, to Seattle.  Finally settling in Tacoma with a wife, 3 kids, 2 cats, and a dog.  His dream of owning a business was fulfilled when he made the steps of starting and funding The Painting Panda Pottery Studio.  He then partnered with his wife, who is the creative genius behind the business, and played an integral part in the company's name.

Herschel Wilson


Born in South Korea and raised in Indiana, Noelle is a graduate from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and holds a Master's of Social Work from Indiana University. Noelle has worked in numerous non-profits but has made most of her career working in higher education at various colleges and universities. Proud mother of 3 daughters, she stays busy taking care of her family and enjoys gardening at home. An avid frequenter to paint-it-yourself studios in Indiana, New Mexico, and Washington, as well as a lover of pandas - it was a given that she would help give light to the name and business concept. In concert with Herschel, Noelle helps to provide the creative vision to the business and interfaces with customers most frequently. She helps to make painters feel welcomed and inspired when they visit the studio. 

Noelle Wilson


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