Hand-painted pottery has a rich legacy of storytelling, from the Grecian urns that document the perils of Orpheus and Eurydice to modern coffee mugs that foretell epic tales of the world's greatest grandpa. Paint your own story with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a three-month studio pass to Clay Glaze Fire in Leesburg (a $30 value). The studio pass includes studio fees, paints, glazes, glass, and tiles, but the decorated items, such as bisques, bases, and canvases, must be purchased.
Clay Glaze Fire equips visitors with a selection of more than 250 ceramic, mosaic, and fused-glass pieces to design and paint over three consecutive months of unlimited studio sessions. Choose from a wide variety of colors and glazes to decorate a personalized ceramic piece such as a handprint birthday plate ($12) to give as a gift or display on the mantle to shame underachieving feet. Those who like to compose one piece at a time can assemble a mosaic peace sign ($19) with the studio's eclectic collection of bases, glasses, and tiles. A diverse assortment of glass and frit gives crafters the opportunity to fuse glass into a vibrant, 10-inch glass fusion cross ($41) or a misleading bathroom mirror.
Clay Glaze Fire's experienced staff glazes and fires ceramics, grouts mosaics, and fires fused glass once the piece's decoration reaches completion, readying each work of art for pickup and take-home within a week. Brush-strokers with a knack for flat-surface composition can opt to paint a masterpiece on a canvas ($20–$25) or on the bodies of open-minded, 2-D video game characters. However the artist chooses to spend the studio time, the colorful walls covered in local artwork inspire creators and welcome all visitors into a friendly working and learning environment.
609 W Main St.
Leesburg, Florida 34748