Art is hard, especially when fortified by the flames of a sintering kiln. Make a piece of sturdy, ceramic eye candy with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of paint-your-own pottery fun at At The Clayground on North Mesa Street.
At The Clayground's affable staff of pot painters deftly assists pigment neophytes through every step of the creative process, fostering a fun and inspiring environment. Pick from items such as a blank coffee mug ($15), rimmed dinner plate ($18), or money bank ($20–$35) on which to play the part of Pollack, then choose a selection of nontoxic underglazes and get underway on a staggering ceramic opus. The pricing on the bottom of each clay canvas is all-inclusive, taking into account the usage of paints, glazing, firing, and studio time. After finishing a prim plate embellishment with bright colors or a repeating motif of horrifying fish-men, leave it with At The Clayground's kiln operators. They'll heat each piece to 1,828 degrees, also known as the exact melting point of boredom. Approximately one week later, return to pick up the finished, fully cooled product.