There’s a little bit of kid in all of us, and a new business in Osage Beach has just the place to unleash the artistic creativity.


The Clayground, billed as a paint-it-yourself pottery playground, opened in early February with the idea of creating a place where children and adults can express themselves through painting at an affordable price. There are an estimated 400 different pre-cast forms in-house that range in price from a few dollars to more than $50.


There’s a little bit of kid in all of us, and a new business in Osage Beach has just the place to unleash the artistic creativity.

The Clayground, billed as a paint-it-yourself pottery playground, opened in early February with the idea of creating a place where children and adults can express themselves through painting at an affordable price. There are an estimated 400 different pre-cast forms in-house that range in price from a few dollars to more than $50.

Customers can select from 66 different colors of paint to help create their masterpiece. The Kruegers, who are assisted by their son Jacob and his fiancé Meghan Miller, have a menu of prices and options.

Kristy Krueger said The Clayground is designed so the non-artist can still come in to have some fun through a paint-by-number system. They also can trace a design on a particular piece of pottery to help less skilled artists.

The Kruegers have developed a calendar of activities including Ladies Night, Margarita Madness (homemade salsa contest) and Date Night. They will host birthday parties for young and old, they will have family days and specials including a 2-for-1 day and they will have special events for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

The Kruegers plan summer camps; they hope to take their program to the schools, senior citizen centers and nursing homes;

The Kruegers got into paint-it-yourself pottery in an odd sort of way. Both from South Dakota, they were back home for a visit in December. The weather was a struggle as it often is that time of year, so Kristy and others decided to check out a paint-it-yourself place.

“We spent the day there and when we left, I said we need a place like this at the lake,” Kristy recalled.

So, the seed was planted. Shawn, a former house painter, broke his back last year in a fall and hasn’t been able to return to that type of work. With Shawn’s talent and expertise in painting, and with Kristy’s business sense, they decided to start their own business. They got on Craigslist and found a pottery business with 2,500 molds that was closing.

It was a struggle, Shawn and Kristy recall, but they relocated the molds to the lake where they have them stored for use as needed.

When customers complete their works of art, the Kruegers glaze and fire the pottery as part of the cost.

Area residents now have another outlet for their artistic talents. Whether it’s a 3 year old or a 90 year old, the Clayground has just the right venue for a day of fun and relaxation.

Contact Dan Field at dan.field@lakemediaonline.com.