Crafting your way into someone's cupboard is the craftiest way into his or her heart. Create a heartfelt cupboarding pass with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pottery painting, pottery making, or pre-painted ceramics at Kil'n Time Studio in Ames.
Kil'n Time's clay shapers provision guests with imagination-stoking ceramic canvasses and finished artifacts alike in a creativity-inducing studio. Daily studio fees ($8 for adults, $5 for kids) include both painting materials and final firings, inviting paint-it-yourselfers to pick from shelves of unfinished earthenware finery ($8–$75). Stripe mugs to match kitchen counters, speckle an eye-catching keychain, or openly flaunt your title as “World’s Greatest Third Cousin Once Removed” by splashing it across a vase for all to see.
Freeform sculptors who prefer to start from scratch can squish wet clay between their fingers to create custom works ($5/lb.), then return after firing to glaze their piece. Customer creations are glazed and fired in-store, and artists can come claim their handiwork after about a week. Kil'n Time's potter-painters also handcraft items that are ready to buy, such as a chips-and-salsa tray veneered to appear fiesta ready ($35), or fused-glass wine-glass charms, perfect for marking a guest’s beverage or hypnotizing a weak-willed sommelier ($5 each, $25 for six).
Inside the studio, painters' work is illumined by the inspiring glow of colorful hanging glass pendant lamps created in the store. Kil'n Time also custom creates favors and wedding-party gifts in hues matching the nuptials’ color theme. The bride of any shower or bachelorette party held at the studio will receive a complimentary frame adorned with the couple's wedding colors, names, and the date their venue deposit is due.
Kil'n Time Studio
The instructors at Kil'n Time Studio have one mission: to bring out the creative spirit in everyone. To do this, they draw on everything from clay to glass tiles to paint. And while students at their studio delve into the depths of their subconscious—or create colorful landscapes—they can watch movies or sip BYO wine.