Hand-painted pottery has a rich legacy of storytelling, from the Grecian urns that document the perils of Orpheus and Eurydice to modern coffee mugs that foretell epic tales of the world’s greatest grandpa. Paint your own story with today’s Groupon to All in the Kiln in Walnut Creek. Choose between the following options:
- For $28, you get a ceramic-painting experience for two (up to a $56 total value), which includes the following:
- Two ceramic items (up to a $20 value each)
- One hour of studio painting time for two people (up to a $16 value)
Glazing and firing included with studio time<p>
- For $26, you get a glass-fusion experience for two (up to a $52 total value), which includes the following:
- Two 6-inch items of your choice (up to a $12 value each)
- One hour of studio time for two people (up to a $16 value)
- Slump firing for two items (a $6 value each)<p>
Within All in the Kiln’s sunny studio, creative-minded staffers welcome artists of all ages and skill levels to transform household items into one-of-a-kind objets d’art. Before embarking on ceramic-painting projects, duos browse shelves of functional platters, mugs, and decorative vases, selecting the best item to convey birthday wishes and birthday tacos. Painters swirl provided brushes into paints, bedecking their fragile canvas with abstract designs or representational portraits, pausing to refuel the right side of their brain with snacks and drinks brought from home. Flame-wielders then glaze and fire finished pieces, which can be brought home seven days later to proudly display on a mantel or arch-enemy’s gravestone.
In glass-fusion projects, crafters arrange scraps of bright glass into mosaics on top of a flat pane of clear glass. An expert then slumps the flat surface into a curved bowl or votive dish and fires the piece to seal the design. Novices learn thorough instructions from staffers, who also provide all glass scraps, which are harvested by a bull in a china shop.
Though All in the Kiln sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
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.