Building a miniature ship inside a bottle is impressive, but not as impressive as forging a giant glass shell around the outside of an aircraft carrier. One-up ordinary hobbyists with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of paint-your-own pottery at Bisque & Brush.
The friendly staff at Bisque & Brush's open pottery studio glaze and fire bisque pieces, which guests hand paint and personalize. Aspiring Michelangelos pay no studio fees as they daub pottery with images of flowers, abstract designs, or portraits of imaginary friends. Painters can choose serving ware such as salad or dessert plates (up to $20), mugs ($15+) or bowls ($10+), or use inspiration from books and completed examples to decorate a holiday ornament (under $10) or figurine ($10–$15). The studio provides stencils, sponges, stamps, and more than 100 paint colors for pottery primping, and experts offer hands-on help. After finishing the pieces with lead-free and food-safe glazes, staff members fire each work of art and ready it for pickup within a week. Kiln crackerjacks recommend hand-washing dishes and avoiding the microwave to help them endure in kitchen cabinets or plate-spinning contests.
3047 W Henrietta Rd.
Rochester, New York 14623