No need to go to a pottery painting shop! It's easy and quick to make up a few figurines at home. My kids just love painting these treasures.
We used lollipop molds for our figurines. (If you do this, you must close the lollipop stick space with a little playdough.)
Once they hardened, I popped each one out and let them continue to sit overnight. (They could be painted at this point, but I decided to let them get a little stronger to stand up to my two-year-old.)