Whether it's a piece to celebrate a holiday or its a famous movie character, Ceramic's Plus has just about every mold available to make your own.
Sam Pintagro, Ceramic's Plus owner, said he has collected between 2,500 to 3,000 molds during his years in business. In fact, Pintagro is celebrating the store's 10th anniversary this year.
''I really love doing it,'' Pintagro said about making the ceramic pieces. ''I get down in my cellar and forget all my problems. I enjoy making them. I wish I had more time to make even more.''
Shown above are a few of the ceramic pieces that can be found at Ceramic’s Plus, 1102 E. Second St., Jamestown. Sam Pintagro, Ceramic’s Plus owner, is celebrating 10 years in business.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips
Pintagro opens Ceramic's Plus after he delivers meals for Meals On Wheels, which is usually around 3 p.m. and then he closes around 6 p.m. during the week. On Saturday, he is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the summer, Ceramics Plus is open later during the week to 9 p.m.
People can find religious, holiday, Native American, mugs, pots, animals and novelty molds on display in the store, which is located at 1102 E. Second St., Jamestown. Ceramic's Plus even has famous movie characters like C-3PO from the Star Wars series.
''Customers come in and pick the ceramic piece they like and then they can take it home and paint it and decorate it anyway they would like,'' he said. Pintagro said if he doesn't have a ceramic piece on display the customer wants he will make it for them if he has the mold.
''As long as I have the mold, I'll be glad to do it. I have almost everything,'' he said. ''If I don't have it, I can call my distributor who has even more molds than I do.''
Pintagro said he started the business with his wife, Kathleen, because a family member had previously operated a ceramics store and enjoyed the business. Pintagro, who is 74 years old, said he enjoys the business so much he hopes to be able to celebrate 20 years.
''I'll soon to be 74 and I wish I can still be here when I'm 85,'' he said. ''I really enjoy doing this and I really enjoy making customers happy.''
For more information, Pintagro can be reached by call 488-2400.