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 to Bull City Craft in Durham. Choose between the following options:
- For $18, you get a Paint and Pour class for two (up to a $36 value).
- For $105, you get a Hassle-Free birthday party for up to 12 (a $210 value). Hassle-Free parties include:
- Two hours in the craft studio (90 minutes for kids under 5)
- Craft projects and supplies
- A party planner to lead craft session
- Decorations, including one balloon for each guest
- One dozen cupcakes from Daisy Cakes
- Drinks and snacks
- Paper goods
Bull City Craft fosters creativity in aspiring artists of all ages, supplying the instruction, encouragement, and supplies needed for interactive classes and parties. Adults 21 and older tote cans, bottles, and flasks filled with milkshakes to the guided Paint and Pour classes. Classes are held on Tuesday or Friday night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. depending on the month, see here for a class schedule. In addition to the beverages brought from home, students also munch on light snacks provided by the studio while working through a rotating schedule of projects such as a birdhouse inspired by Van Gogh's Starry Night for feathered friends, a Monet-inspired beverage tray for human friends, and paintings of birds and humans making crafts together.
Younger artisans can celebrate life's landmarks with two-hour birthday parties, choosing a theme from options such as friendly felt monster dolls, crowns and wands, handmade journals, or a keepsake canvas filled with tiny handprints. Crafty party planners lead the sessions, offering guidance and fueling creativity with pastries from nearby Daisy Cakes. Eschewing the tradition of making party guests roll on the ground to sop up excess glitter, the staff at Bull City efficiently cleans up any leftover mess.
Bull City Craft
Married couple Jessica Greene and Franklin Santana founded Bull City Craft as a social hub for the Durham crafting community. Events for all ages fill their calendar, such as Paint and Pours, during which adults sip wine while painting or crafting. Other sessions include drop-in crafting sessions where kids can paint and decorate wooden shadow boxes with mementos or string together beaded jewelry. Youngsters can also opt for more structured classes and summer camps or celebrate getting one year closer to buying business-casual outfits during craft-theme birthday parties.
The shop stocks art supplies ranging from paints by Lefranc & Bourgeois or Amsterdam to canvases, scissors, and glue.