Hand-painted pottery has a rich legacy of storytelling, from the Grecian urns that document the perils of Orpheus and Eurydice to modern coffee mugs that foretell epic tales of the world's greatest grandpa. Paint your own story with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of paint-your-own pottery and studio time at Firefly Ceramics on Saratoga Avenue. Studio fees are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10, and most pieces range from $5 to $30.
Firefly Ceramics tends to a pre-fired menagerie of unpainted dishes, decorations, and unpredictable miscellany. Adorn the x's and o's of a three-dimensional tic-tac-toe board with romantic sentiments as prizes for competitive kiss-offs, or pick out a puppy-shaped piggy bank and paint it an appropriately swinish pink. With the holidays looming on the horizon, there's no better time to summon a storm of festive ornaments yearning for color and dishes that make for better dinnertime art criticism than busts sculpted from mashed potatoes. Scope the Facebook wall for upcoming events and thrilling specials.
San Buenaventura (Ventura)
1580 Saratoga Ave.
Ventura, California 93003