Besides using a pottery wheel, the easiest way to manipulate clay is to threaten to rebury it in the dark, sandy hole where you found it. Turn clay to putty in your hands with today's Groupon: for $60, you get a Clay Date pottery class for two at Fired Up Studios (a $120 value). Clay dates—on Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.—include the following per person:
- Two hours of personalized instruction
- All supplies
- Final piece glazed and fired, available for pickup within two weeks
At Fired Up Studios, pairs of paramours or platonic pals exercise their artistic power over earthen slabs during two-hour Clay Dates led by experienced potters. Up to eight pupils, clad in expendable clothing or mud-resistant chain mail, fan out across a spacious classroom to take a spin at the potter's wheel, turning lumps of clay into bona fide housewares. After the class, Fired Up embellishes students' designs with the glaze of their choice, including food-safe options, and tosses them in the kiln, readying them for placing atop a rickety, 10-foot-tall shelf within two weeks. Meanwhile, all artisans are encouraged to bring their own snacks and beverages—including wine or beer—to placate their hungry muses.
Fired Up Studios
Started in 1998, Fired Up Studios has quickly evolved from a small pottery studio to an art center with classes and a gallery. Despite this growth, its mission remains the same: to raise the spirits of anyone who enters. In the 7,200-square-foot studio, experienced potters provide a judgment-free creative outlet for students and visiting artists alike, inviting them to have fun and experiment with the studio's collection of pottery wheels, kilns, and glazes. These potters also teach students how to throw clay, shape up elegant bowls and vases, and sculpt pixelization onto nude figures.