Archaeologists examine ancient pottery to identify a culture’s preferred cooking methods and to determine which of its members was the World’s Greatest Dad. Make timeless memories with today’s Groupon to Desert Dragon Pottery. Choose from the following options:
- For $29, you get a one-hour Basic Pottery Wheel class for two, including glazing and firing (a $70 value).
- For $55, you get a one-hour Basic Pottery Wheel class for four, including glazing and firing (a $140 value).
- For $79, you get six Beginning Pottery Wheel classes for one, which includes a take-home pottery tool kit, glazing, and firing (a $166 value).</p>
First-time clay slingers ages 6 through adult gain insight into the fine art of earthen manipulation during Desert Dragon Pottery’s one-hour Basic Pottery Wheel class. Under the supervision of an experienced instructor, students soak up the basics of clay management and wheel-throwing techniques, gaining enough knowledge to typically create two to three small pieces, such as flowerpots, bowls, or miniature Terracotta Army figurines, during each session. Students return two weeks later to paint or glaze each keepsake, which is then fired and ready for pickup within a week. All materials necessary to complete the pottery are included—clay, tools, mud-magnetized aprons, and nonstick spray for frying eggs on the finished products—and students who opt for the six-class pack get to take home their tool kits for use in future pottery forays.
Desert Dragon Pottery
"From the first time I worked extensively with clay, I felt a connection to it, and a passion for it that has never waned," asserts Michelle Katz, owner of Desert Dragon Pottery. A ceramics artist for more than a quarter century, Katz harnesses her fine arts degree and aesthetic aptitude to teach students of all levels how to exercise their imaginations. Through a roster of classes, pupils explore the shapes of vases and plates, before leaving their finished works for Michelle to fire in her self-made, gas-fired car kiln. When not teaching, Katz often exhibits her work with pottery guild Arizona Clay Association, a collection of regional artists who share with the community their insights, masterpieces, and tips for creating life-like body doubles.