Judging from recovered ancient relics, the earliest pottery painters were neither number one nor the world’s greatest at anything, making them far less accomplished than today’s grandparents. Display your modern-day dominance with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of paint-your-own pottery at Colors ’n’ Clay in Southern Pines.
Colors ’n’ Clay houses hundreds of paintable pottery pieces in a large, kid-friendly studio in which budding artists convene to decorate dinnerware or splash color onto seasonally themed figurines. Children and adults alike can gather around the white tile-inlaid craft table to nourish their imaginations with the irresistible draw of a blank ceramic canvas and a vibrant kaleidoscope of paints.
Simple wooden shelves line the walls of the studio, laden with art-ready items including dinner plates ($21), mugs ($16–$24), platters ($45), Disney figurines ($25), and Easter baskets ($12–$16). There’s also a miniature section ($10 for any item) in which pranksters can find tiny cocoa mugs to convince doughnuts they’re gaining weight.
Talented staff members are always on hand to share tips and help recharge creative batteries. Whether artisans plan to imprint plates with dancing armadillos as a dinner-finishing incentive or choose to announce to the world via coffee cup that they’d rather be chess boxing, the total cost is the price of the pottery itself; there’s no studio fee for Groupon customers, and paint rides free.