Throwing pottery sounds as though it should be aerobic, but it is actually a soothing, sedentary activity, much like catching some rays and hurling insults. Seek kiln-side serenity with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a hands-on pottery wheel throwing demonstration for two people, including two self-made pieces, at Lambda Pottery in Humble (a $90 total value).
Lambda Pottery's prodigious potter, Linda, displays her fiery passion for kiln-fired artwork while imbuing students with new skills. Open to molders of all experience levels, the two-hour pottery throwing demonstration (a $70 value) shows students how to harness speed and the latest wheel technology to craft art. First, the earthenware expert will take the wheel to display her savvy while talking through her techniques. Starter sculptors then emulate Linda's command over stoneware, fashioning original wheel-spun pieces embellished with individual flair administered by splattering glaze at ten paces. Customers can corral their personal masterpieces (a $20 value) two weeks later.
As a child, potter and instructor Linda Munoz unearthed her passion for the arts during ballet, piano, guitar, and painting lessons. Motivated by her spiritual beliefs, she fleshed out her creative side into a career when she founded Lambda Pottery. Her studio showcases her original stoneware, largely crafted atop the potter's wheel, and houses pottery lessons designed to accommodate all ages. The classes take place once or twice a week for eight weeks and hone in on students' areas of interest. During each lesson, Linda incorporates basics such as molding clay into dishes, trimming and texturizing, and affixing handles or rubber ears onto vases.