Archaeologists examine ancient pottery to identify a culture’s preferred cooking methods and to determine which of its members was the World's Greatest Dad. Make timeless memories with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a paint-your-own pottery or glass fusion class at Clay Cafe Chantilly. Click here for the schedule of teen and adult art classes.
The trained staffers at Clay Cafe Chantilly shepherd burgeoning clay maestros through one-hour classes that yield custom pieces of art. During the Paint-Your-Own pottery class, nab a piece of unfinished ceramic and adorn the blank receptacle with dinnerware-safe paints devoid of toxins or cereal-tainting hints of meat loaf. The Sponge Painted Teapot class and Great Grapes Wine Cooler class equip students with sponges and outliners to decorate their very own mantelworthy pieces. Meanwhile, kitchen cabinets can open their dish domicile to tropical-themed dishes painted in the Sunset on the Beach Oval Platter class or drink in the Peppermint Candy Striped Mugs class, in which students design four mugs to elegantly hold morning cups of coffee or mead. The staffers then glaze and fire the finished work, preparing masterpieces to be picked up 10 days after class.
For glasswork, the Fused Glass Pendants class begins with an orientation that segues into the System 96 Glass Fusing Center, where instructors teach basic cutting, breaking, and design techniques to create five prismatic neck baubles.
Whether the end result is a colorfully painted canvas or a glass-fusion art piece, Clay Cafe gives visitors the tools and materials they need to express their creativity. Customers can beautify all kinds of bisque pottery shapes with their choice of non-toxic, food-safe glazes, before turning them over to the staff to finish and fire within about a week. Clay Cafe also offers birthday parties and opportunities to adorn a canvas or t-shirt with an original design in paint.
13894 Metrotech Dr.
Chantilly, Virginia 20151