The existence of prehistoric pottery shards paints a clear picture of ancient artisanal practices while highlighting ancestral clumsiness. Leave behind traces of your own civilization with today's Groupon: for $22, you and a companion get two hours of studio time and one paint-ready ceramic piece each at A Maze in Pottery in Briarcliff Manor (up to a $47.25 total value, including tax). Each guest may select a piece that costs up to $14 or pay the difference for more expensive items.
A Maze in Pottery invites brush-wielders of all ages and skill levels to select and custom-slather functional ceramic canvases. The studio's shelf-lined wall brims with more than 300 enticing and unpainted pieces, including cereal bowls ($14), coffee mugs ($13.50), and cat figurines ($13.50), which make ideal chew toys for brave mice. After selecting a piece, customers can get cozy at a table and spend two hours beautifying blank surfaces with more than 50 food-safe and lead-free paints and glazes.
Studio fees (up to an $8 value / person) cover glazing and firing as well as access to inspiring design books, stamps, stencils, sponges, and guidance from resident pottery mavens. After two hours of work, customers leave their painted creations in the hands of capable staff members who finish them off in a kiln. Guests may retrieve their fired keepsakes after five days of feather dusting the best spot in their family's museum.
Although A Maze in Pottery occasionally offers discounted rates on its website, today's Groupon still represents the best value.