Like bread, ceramics are made from dough that is delicately kneaded and heated, resulting in an end product that can be given as a gift or thrown at birds to distract them from eyeing your newly washed car. Handcraft something beautiful and practical with today’s Groupon to Daniels Family Pottery. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get an introductory hand-building pottery class (a $20 value).
- For $20, you get an introductory wheel-throwing pottery class (a $40 value).<p>
Daniels Family Pottery’s team of ceramic gurus imparts clay-shaping wisdom to aspiring artists with personalized, hands-on attention in small instructional classes ranging one to six students. During the 90-minute hand-building class, novice molders master the basics of hand-formed clay construction, including pinch potting, coiling, scoring, slipping, and manipulating with passive-aggressive comments. Otherwise, burgeoning clay slingers seeking a challenge can try their hand at molding atop a mobile surface in the wheel-throwing class, in which students spin shapeless lumps of clay into beautiful and functional pieces such as plant pots, serving bowls, or butler golems. Display-worthy pieces can be painted and glazed for an additional fee of $10.
Daniels Family Pottery
Steve Daniels has been crafting beautiful pottery in his cozy home studio for more than 18 years. A master of the irregular, smoky hues of shino glaze, Daniels' cups were most recently featured in a juried exhibition at the University of Missouri's Bingham Gallery. During wheel throwing classes and intensive workshops, he imparts that mastery to aspiring potters, helping with technique and glazing finished pieces in his studio. His signature glazes can come out a variety of colors, from a smoky purple to a rusty orange. Daniels' wife, Leonie, also nurtures artistry with handbuilding classes and parties, exposing students to innovative sculpting ideas such as textured tiles, chess pieces, and beautiful but impractical bowling pins.