During his summer-camp days in Maine, a 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 $12, you get $25 to use toward pottery painting at Color Me Mine's Ming Avenue location.
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawas will follow six easy steps to craft beautifully painted ceramics, first choosing a ceramic piece (prices range from $5.50 for fridge magnets to $75 for large platters) from a selection of hundreds of seasonally changing items. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or using supplied technique sheets, painters select an underglaze from dozens of colors, then apply paint with the focus of a peregrine falcon occupied by a Rockwellian spirit.
Color Me Mine's skilled, helpful staff handles all kiln firing, allowing clients to take home their final products within five to seven days. A studio fee of $6 for children ages 12 and younger and $9.75 for anyone older than 12 covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing. Regardless of age and ability, customers find the ceramic painting experience a rewarding dive into the creative process of an art form that dates back to the ziggurat-dwelling days of Mesopotamia.
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, dinnerware, figurines and comic book superheroes —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.
9000 Ming Ave.
Bakersfield, California 93311Get Directions