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-your-own pottery at Hands On Pottery in Darien.
Hands On Pottery equips artists with an assorted stockpile of unmarked pottery and food-safe paints so they can fill china cabinets and gift boxes with hand-decorated dishes. Feel free to pair up lonely flatware with plates of multiple sizes ($13–$19), give flowers a place to rest their laurels in a glazed vase ($13–$32), or let incontinent coffeepots drain into one of several styles of mug ($13–$17). Guests can also affix a refrigerator magnet ($3) to prop up reminders to close the refrigerator, or decorate a piggy bank as a reminder to save up to buy a real pig ($13).
After choosing a clay canvas, dish decorators can whisk their brushes in the inviting studio for as long as they please ($8 for paint and time in the first hour; $4 for each subsequent hour). They'll then leave the piece behind to be kiln fired and taught table etiquette until—after a week—their practical masterpiece will be ready for its debut.
15 Tokeneke Rd.
Darien, Connecticut 06820