Clay pots and humans are more alike than most think—they both have ancient origins and are generally stuffed with entire batches of cookies. Practice keeping clay cookie cases looking pretty with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of paint-your-own pottery from Club Colour in Langley.
Club Colour gives aspiring potters a taste of its creative possibilities with over 100 ceramic pieces for customers to hand-decorate in a studio that holds up to 40 people. Artists begin by selecting a desired ceramic piece from a lineup that includes mugs ($15–$24), cupcake trinket boxes, vases ($15–$75), banks ($16–$27), and one-time-use catcher's mitts to decorate with supplied brushes and lead-free paints. Designs can be drawn from each participant's imagination or from a stock of available stencils that can result in showpieces such as polka-dotted teapots or self-portrait-adorned ashtrays. After guests finish decorating a ceramic soul mate, Club Colour's helpful team of pottery pundits commences clear-glazing each piece and placing it in a professional-grade kiln for firing. Artists return about seven days later to find their ceramic masterworks hardened, dried, and ready to take home. All finished ceramic pieces made and decorated at Club Colour are safe for use in dishwashers, microwaves, and armoire time machines.
A dragon perches on a rock and bares its fangs, desperately wanting to take flight. But it remains chained to the ground. For this snarling beast lacks one important thing: colour. That’s where Paula Harvie comes in. As owner of Club Colour, she opens her studio to 40 people at a time to add pigment to more than 100 available ceramic pieces, from the dragon to cupcake trinket boxes and coffee mugs. Whether using stencils and patterns or following the lead of their sugar-stimulated day dreams, patrons can apply artistic designs to the ceramics using the studio’s stock of non-toxic acrylic and glaze paints. Handy staff members then glaze and fire the projects in a kiln to make them dishwasher and microwave safe.