Ever since the world’s greatest grandpa sued runners-up for false advertising, there’s been a surge in the sale of coffee mugs with more honest messages, such as “I’m Somebody’s Grandpa.” Celebrate loved ones with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get a studio fee (up to an $8 value) and $20 worth of paint-it-yourself pottery at Creation Station in La Vista (up to a $28 total value).
Creation Station, a paint-your-own-pottery studio, encourages aspiring artists to create one-of-a-kind ceramic masterpieces in a fun, contemporary setting. The shop's showroom stocks a wide selection of ready-to-adorn bisque pieces such as vases, figurines, piggybanks, mugs, serving platters, or life-sized busts of Daniel Boone ($5–$50 each). Guests choose a future family heirloom and take a seat at one of the roomy workspaces, complete with an arsenal of brushes and paints ideal for beautifying and personalizing vessels.
A hand-painted vase makes a great home accessory or gift for a pal, and a personalized plate sends a thoughtful message such as “You’re special” or “Please bake me cookies more often.” Once pieces are customized and completed, friendly staffers make magnum opuses take-home ready with visits to the kiln, where extreme heat glaze and domesticate the goods.
Amid the lime-green and burnt-orange walls of Creation Station, an encouraging staff inspires visitors to follow their artistic impulses as they use pottery as their canvas. Seven days a week, experienced and casual artists alike can plunge their brushes into a rainbow of paints and let loose on a variety of mugs, figurines, and dishes. Once colorized to the artist’s content, finished bisque pieces visit a fiery kiln, where colors become more vibrant and snowmen melt into carrot-and-coal soup. Revelers can also gather at Creation Station to celebrate special occasions, such as birthdays, or make Christmas ornaments during the winter season.