Art can express a variety of human feelings, from joy at the birth of a child to confusion at the birth of a man-child. Eloquently articulate your emotions with today's Groupon: with today's Groupon to Funke Fired Arts. Choose between the following options:
• For $25, you get two Funke Functionals sessions ($50 value).
• For $30, you get two adult open wheel sessions ($60 value).
Funke Fired Arts' staff of instructors and artists guides clay connoisseurs of all proficiencies in the arts of wheel throwing and sculpture in addition to hosting exhibitions in a 1,550-square-foot gallery. In adult open wheel sessions, students pound soft clay with the skill of a championship boxer in a pillow-fluffing contest every second and fourth Friday night of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Glean teapots of wisdom from individual and group instruction while feeling the gritty squish of soft earth between fingers. Each one-night clay shaping yields at least one functional pot and includes clay, tools, firing and refreshments, and the opportunity to be creative in ways that don't involve tie-dyeing flocks of snow geese. Alternately, choose the Funke Functionals session, in which whole families are invited to spin wheels every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Students will sculpt various clay projects such as wastebaskets, toothbrush holders, or coffee mugs that can double as hot tubs for vacationing Lilliputians. Each class includes instructions, materials, glaze, and firing.
Students should arrive 30 minutes early to prep clay stations and introduce their feet to shy foot pedals. Funke Fired Arts, one of the largest public clay studios in the country, also boasts two galleries of original artwork and a retail store.