There's no better holiday gift for your loved one than a gift you made with your own hands—unless your gift ends up looking like a gargoyle made of muddy Play-Doh that somebody sat on and someone else ate. Today's deal will give your gift the handmade feel you want and the professional gloss it needs to be truly special. For $18, you'll get $40 worth of personalized ceramic bisque pieces at Clay Casa in North San Antonio. You may buy as many Groupons as you wish, but will only be able to use one Groupon per visit.
The Clay Casa process keeps it simple for the artistically semi-inclined. First, call ahead to schedule your time. Studio and kiln fees are $5 for children and $10 for adults. When you arrive at the shop, decide what kind of form you want your ceramic bisque piece to take, be it bowl, vase, mug, bank, bust, caryatid, or 500-foot golem. Pieces range from $4 to $70 but average $10 to $15. Clay Casa will give you some pencils so you can sketch out your original design, then help you select colors from more than 30 different hues. Next, you get to paint your piece however you want with whichever body part you desire. Clay Casa's staff will take what you've made and fire it up in their kiln. In about a week, your masterpiece will be ready for pickup.
A handmade gift from Clay Casa lets your loved ones know you care, far more convincingly than an "I Care" mug or an ”I Care” tuba case. Clay Casa gives you a far more fun and creative way to do your holiday shopping than playing elaborate mind games with the cashiers at Nordstrom's. Buy enough for your favorite shopping friends so you can all laugh together over each other's daring designs and psychedelic color schemes.
- The atmosphere is lively, fun and creative. The personnel is always encouraging and helpful. When your project is painted and fired, you are amazed at how good it turned out. I recommend taking anyone there for almost any occassion [sic], as well as a fun pace to go for just yourself. – DiAnne, Citysearch
- So much fun to pick out what you want to paint and then chat while painting your item. It was a blast and we can't wait to do it again! – Kl B., Insider Pages
- About a dozen of my ya-ya girlfriends had a paint party at Clay Casa and had a blast! Sandi and her team are super! – montagebari, Yellowpages
At Clay Casa, hundreds of unpainted ceramic figurines wait to be finished with more than 60 kinds of glaze—and they’re not the only things waiting in the shop's wings. In addition to paint-your-own ceramics, Clay Casa houses empty mosaic shapes and varieties of glittering glass and gems that can be combined and recombined to create sparkling tesserae. If that doesn’t satisfy artistic urges, visitors can fuse glass for make-your-own votives, bowls, or luxury thimbles. Instructors also hold instructional glass-cutting classes on more involved projects such as vases and bowls.