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 $7, you get $14 worth of paint-your-own pottery at Glazed Expressions, with locations in Lincoln Park and Downers Grove.
At Glazed Expressions, blank ceramics from bowls ($12–$44) to banks ($14–$26) blossom into full-color centerpieces. With more than 250 shapes to select from, even ardent pottery individualists will find an inimitable form. Today's Groupon includes studio time and the supplies needed to turn blank bisque into a bowl full of acrylic cherry designs. Forge a pattern freehand or use Glazed Expressions's 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 (a $2–$4 glaze fee applies) and firing; works are ready to pick up and incorporate in circus spinning acts in about a week.
Glazed Expressions is a great venue for spending time with friends or dates without the stress of batting-cage strikeouts. The studio is BYOB (call location for specifics), encouraging congenial sips from a bottle of wine or vase full of vanilla extract.
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.