The existence of prehistoric pottery shards paints a clear picture of ancient artisanal practices while highlighting ancestral clumsiness. Leave behind traces of your own civilization with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of paint and ceramics at Hands on Ceramics.
Within Hands on Ceramics’ cozy, wood-paneled studio, artists decorate monochromatic, prefired bisques and greenware with colorful glazes. Perusing the ample collection of ceramics, guests can adopt motionless cats ($8–$9), functional vases ($10–$12), or full chess sets ($40) to adorn tabletops or upscale doghouses. Guests can embellish their pieces during studio time ($8), sidling up to the paint shelves for unlimited access to color schemes before plopping down at a window seat. Drawing inspiration from the studio's idea books and stencils, painters breathe life into the figurines at spacious wooden tables. The pigment-coated pieces then scoot to the back where conscientious technicians fire them in a large kiln, fusing the color to the surface and adding a finished-looking shine, attracting compliments and flocks of magpies. Finished pieces are ready for pickup in five–seven days.