Clay pots and humans are more alike than most think—they both have ancient origins and are generally stuffed with entire batches of cookies. Decorate your dough domicile with today's Groupon: for $19, you get $40 worth of paint-your-own pottery at All in the Kiln in Walnut Creek.
All in the Kiln's fun, creative environment welcomes guests of all ages to flex their artistic biceps by painting premade pottery. To spare grandmothers' antique china and innocent lawn flamingos, All in the Kiln keeps its shelved fully stocked with blank 3-D canvases ready for colorful swaddling, such as dinner plates ($15–$20), figurines ($20–$40), and platters (around $60). Walk-in van Goghs can recreate The Potato Eaters on their choice of bisque and pick it up seven days later, after it has spent ample time in a fiery kiln to preserve the artist's work ($8 studio fee included with Groupon). All in the Kiln's friendly purveyors of pottery are always available to help guests create mantle masterworks and ceramic centerpieces.
Five Yelpers give All in the Kiln a three-star average:
- I really enjoy going here with family and friends. It's a great way to inspire your inner artist, and there are so many projects to choose from. – Jenni B., Yelp, 3/3/09
- The process is explained quickly by a staff member and then you're pretty much on your own (which I prefer). Employees are very friendly and will answer all of your questions. – Susie O C., Yelp, 2/17/09
All In the Kiln
All In The Kiln's resident artists kindle patrons' creative mindfires with painting sessions using functional and decorative pottery items. During relaxing and engaging sessions, painters create one-of-a-kind keepsakes and gift items including teapots, coffee mugs, and picture frames. Shelves brimming with blank projects surround the studio in anticipation of painters' personal touches, and custom art displays demonstrate gift items that talented staff members often create for clients. The shop also offers glass-fusion classes where students transform colored glass pieces into wall art, cheese plates, and bowls that can be filled with cheese or wall art.