Art is hard, especially when fortified by the flames of a sintering kiln. Make a piece of sturdy, ceramic eye candy with today's Groupon: for $13, you get $26 worth of paint-your-own pottery and mosaic creations at Hands On Pottery Studio in Woodmere.
Hands On Pottery Studio offers ceramic visionaries the chance to create works of art in a creativity-inducing atmosphere. With a selection of more than 300 pieces of unfinished pottery (most $5–$85), including those of the imported-Italian variety, clay connoisseurs can choose from a wide variety of projects, from painting a plate to decorating a soap dispenser to artsying up a Declaration of Independence. Once the chosen piece is claimed, artists can head over to the design center, which offers access to stencils, stamps, idea books, and a computer providing design images that can be traced onto an item or a forehead. With a battle plan in place, customers have unlimited access to an armory of 160 paints, pottery glazes, and puffy paints. For a shattered look, make a mosaic with a choice of bases, such as frames, mirrors, lazy susans, and industrial meat freezers, and more than 90 jars of glass, marble, and ceramic bits to add texture to the piece.
Once fully festooned, pieces are professionally fired—pottery is ready in four days and mosaics are grouted and finished within a week. Hands On Pottery Studio does not charge an hourly fee or any fees for materials, so the only cost is the piece of pottery or mosaic base. Pottery touched by patrons' phalanges is lead-free, and, once fired, each piece is dinnerware-safe and dishwasher-sound.