A fused-glass peace sign dangles in a window, its iridescent blue-and-green hues catching glimmers of sunlight. Elsewhere, a shiny yellow-and-black dog formed from clay smiles from its painted-on mouth. These are just two of the many artistic projects students can tackle at The Mud Shack, an art studio brimming with classes in glass fusing, ceramics, and pottery painting. Working artists helm the sessions, guiding pupils toward creating their own magnum opuses in the form of a hand-thrown vase, a mosaic tile, or a mug for holding smaller mugs.
The Mattress Factory's knowledgeable, non-commissioned staff guide customers to high-quality memory-foam, hybrid and innerspring mattresses from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Stearns & Foster and Beautyrest. Customers can shop at ease in an atmosphere that's free of sales pressure, price haggling, and the complex conversion of U.S. currency into the steel ingots accepted by mattress-making dwarves. The Mattress Factory will also set up your new mattress and remove your old one for free.
The glazing and firing crew at Paint N' Pottery Plus facilitate artists and craft-makers of all ages by way of their pottery-painting and glass-fusing ventures. Push up sleeves to access Paint N' Pottery's workroom ($9 for adults; $7 for ages 12 and under), where a stock of more than 500 dishwasher-safe pottery pieces wait to be frescoed and fired to your servable satisfaction ($2–$120). Everyday kitchen items such as mugs ($8–$17), salad and dinner plates ($12+), and platters ($30–$70) await to jazz up dinner parties. Other options including animal-shaped banks, pet bowls and treat jars ($15–$35), or garden gnomes, birdhouses and watering cans ($12–$40) breathe new life into bare living spaces. Once artfully adorned, pieces are passed to the hands of one of the studio’s kiln-whisperers, where it will be glazed, fired, and housebroken, and ready for pickup in 7 to 10 days.