Charlie Parker set his clay career spinning in 1967 at age 14 when he worked as a part-time clay-mixer at Minnesota Clay Company. As his passion began to flourish, he chased it to the studio of Warren Westerberg, working as an apprentice and molding himself into a master of form and expression. Today, Charlie's 3,600-square-foot workshop offers plenty of space for classes and open-studio time. Under his guidance, aspiring artists of all experience levels make their own projects from Continental and Laguna clays available for purchase. Charlie's artisans also offer their own pieces for sale in the gallery, including figurines and bottles guaranteed to be free of tricksome genies.
Built in 1918, the Craftsman House's expansive, adobe-toned bungalow collapses time as visitors step onto a breezy veranda, walk past a lush carpet of flowers and fronds, and witness more American craftwork than they can shake an intricately whittled stick at. Blown glass, turned wood, and fine pottery and jewelry provided by a 300-strong network of local and national artists are just a few of the pieces that settle in at this homey abode. The building is so homey, in fact, that one artist hardly ever leaves. Surrounded by the courtyard, what was once an old-time carriage house is now the clay-caked studio of professional potter Stephanie Schorr. There, visitors can find her partway through many projects at once, crafting functional wares and feeding the carnival fire breathers that keep her kiln hot.
The historic hub of creative know-how hosts a multiplicity of events, including live music, gallery tours, and artistic workshops. In honor of the gallery's tireless community efforts, Craftsman House was named the 2011 Top Retailer for a Charitable or Philanthropic Event by Niche magazine.
Meatball subs and Polish-style hot dogs get a healthy spin at Jimbo's Joint, where staffers craft sausages and meatballs in-house from all-natural chicken. But as healthy as their creations are, the eatery doesn't take itself too seriously?the lean sausage sandwiches carry movie-themed monikers that range from the Abe Froman, a Chicago-style dog sprinkled with poppy seeds and celery salt, to Children of the Corndog, which comes with spicy salted caramel sauce. For a meat-free meal, substitute house-made falafel in any of the sandwiches. Diners can grab a bite?and a beer?and perch at the restaurant's picnic tables at virtually any hour, as Jimbo's opens at 6 a.m. every Thursday and doesn't close until the same time on Saturday in an effort to force the planet to extend its weekends.
Painting in the comfort of your own home often leads to incomplete masterpieces, eating the tasty-looking colors, or stopping before you start. With today's Groupon, let the paint fly with the motivation of others and the accompaniment of an optional libation. For $20, you can attend a BYOB painting class on the regular schedule ($45 value) at the St. Petersburg location of Painting with a Twist, where you can paint and converse in an artfully social atmosphere.
Certified yoga instructor Lori Bertoline brings a lifetime of fitness passion to Yoga Vie Studio. Lori and her fellow instructors teach a huge variety of yoga classes, from steamy hot power yoga to soothing sunrise sessions. The studio welcomes beginners and advanced practitioners alike.
Platinum Twirl Pole Fitness’s instructors cater to exercisers looking for an alternative to the average workout, leading them through confidence-boosting pole fitness classes designed to work the whole body. They introduce novices to the fundamental moves, such as the fireman spin and martini spin, in the basic pole fitness class before building upon foundations in the intermediate and advanced classes. In addition to offering pole fitness courses and private lessons, they teach other fitness classes, including Zumba, chair dancing, and co-ed total body strengthening sessions with free-weights. They also host parties for bachelorettes, gal pals, or elderly knitting circles in search of new and exciting ways to celebrate a night out.