DJ Ceramix made a name for himself by placing a slab of wet clay atop his turntable and spinning it into a beautiful vase by the end of his set. Impress the audience members of your life with today's deal: for $8, you get $16 worth of paint-your-own pottery and studio fees at Glazed Expressions. Head to one of Glazed Expressions' locations—Lincoln Park, Wilmette, or Downers Grove—until November 15.
At Glazed Expressions, blank ceramics in inspiring shapes from bowls ($6–$48) to figurines ($10–$16) blossom into full-color blooms. The studio fee ($6 for kids under 14, $8 for adults) includes all the supplies and creative space needed to turn a blank bisque into a bowl full of acrylic cherry designs or to give a figurine a fashionable façade. With more than 250 pieces of unpainted pottery to select from, even ardent pottery individualists will find an inimitable form. Forge your own pattern freehand or use Glazed Expressions' enormous stock of stamps and stencils as a guide. For the unglazed and confused, the trained staff will be standing at the ready to assist with the creative process or to talk paintbrushes through their first paint commitment. After the final brush stroke, leave your piece and the staff will seal the deal, finishing the patina with a professional glaze and firing; it'll be ready for pick-up in about a week.
Simplify nightly table-setting decisions by bringing the whole family to craft personalized plates, or design a scone sitter for a favorite coffee date. Blind dates at Glazed Expressions allow time for fun and creativity without the stress of batting-cage strikeouts or the pressure of holding wet clay together to build a pot from terracotta scratch.
Not valid toward parties or special events.
Though Glazed Expressions has yet to receive many online reviews, 11 Yelpers give the Lincoln Park location an average of four stars.
The hardest part of the process at Glazed Expressions is probably picking a piece of pottery to paint. They have hundreds of ceramics available, from mugs and platters to decorative vases and trinket boxes. Once you've selected one, you can paint it however you like with a choice of glaze colors, and, for those who don't trust their freehand painting skills, stencils. Whether attending with friends, as part of an adult or kids' party, or on your own, the staff will fire your piece for you and have it ready for pickup within one week. Beyond readying pieces, the staff can also create custom ceramics, painting gifts for weddings, baby showers, or interventions for paper plate adicts per the customers' design requests.