During his summer-camp days in Maine, young Pablo Picasso showed an innate knack for poison-ivy treatment but scored low marks in popsicle sticks and finger paints. One-up pint-sized Picasso with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of custom ceramic pieces and studio fees at Color Me Mine in Flower Mound.
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawas will follow simple steps to craft beautifully painted ceramics, first choosing a ceramic piece (around $15 and up) from Color Me Mine's selection of more than 300 items, such as a piggy bank (from $15), dinner plate (from $15), or serving dishes (from around $25). After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or Color Me Mine's technique sheets, painters will select paints from Color Me Mine's cast of colors, applying it with the focus of a peregrine falcon occupied by a Rockwellian spirit. Color Me Mine handles all kiln-firing work, allowing clients to take home their final products in about a week. A studio fee of $10 for adults and $8 for children ages 10 and under covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Regardless of age or ability, customers will find Color Me Mine's ceramic-painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.
Six Insider Pagers give Color Me Mine an average of four stars.
Color Me Mine
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
6100 Long Prairie Rd.
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