Despite the alluring properties of open flames, only glass, custom masonry, and middle-school diaries benefit from being thrust into them. Mold a new adornment with today’s Groupon to Fat Cat Ceramics in Brandon at the Rez. Choose from the following options:
- For $9, you get a painting with ceramics class (an $18 value).
- For $17, you get a warm glass class (a $35 value).<p>
Classes may be scheduled from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Fat Cat Ceramics’ skilled artisans kindle creativity as they teach students how to transform glass and ceramics into sparkling art pieces. In the warm glass class, students can make two 3”x6” leaf shaped glass dishes, or fuse a variety of glass pieces to design a 3”x3” solid-glass ornament that gleams with as many colors as a chameleon perched on a rainbow. The painting with ceramics class allows students to create two stained-glass ornaments. When hybrid ornaments enter the kiln, intense heat causes pieces of tumbled glass to melt and conform to the ceramic base, ultimately creating a unified, glistening tree accessory. Before designing a piece, students can browse a variety of pre-made ceramic bases, including angels, stockings, bells, or 6”x3” leaf dishes. Complimentary popcorn fuels students’ creative cells, and a friendly duo of resident cats provides guests with company and helpful advice. Up to 12 students can enroll in each class, including pupils as young as 3 years old.
Fat Cat Art Cafe
Inside the brightly-lit confines of Fat Cat Art Cafe, shelves brim with bare-bisque pieces in the form of plates, mugs, and bowls. Visitors wield non-toxic, lead-free glazes and paints, embellishing items with designs such as flowers, abstract squiggles, or a squirrel's handprint before accommodating staff members fire the pieces, readying them for everyday use. Not just a paint-your-own pottery studio, Fat Cat Art Cafe offers specialty sessions such as Clay Day, where participants learn to make their own pottery pieces, and summer camps, where campers delve into daylong or weeklong projects such as creating a mosaic plaque, building flower pots out of clay coils, and making clay jars to store one’s nosehairs.