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 to Paint a Dream's Palmdale or Simi Valley locations. Choose between the following options:
• For $19, you get $40 worth of studio fees and ceramic creations.
• For $80, you get a pottery-painting birthday party for up to eight people, which includes studio fees (a $10 value/person) and one pottery piece for each guest (a $12–$14 value/person; up to a $192 total value).
Paint a Dream houses an array of unfinished ceramic pieces and a rainbow of paint colors with which to decorate them. Adults can spend a leisurely afternoon crafting dinner plates ($14 each), mugs ($12–$16), cereal bowls ($12), and large platters ($20–$36) with the faces of historical figures and WWE champions, and small animal statues ($9) let little ones prove to their parents that violet- and orange-spotted hippos really do exist. Decorating a bank ($18) or keepsake box ($14) provides an opportunity for crafters to bond over a shared love of keeping things secret, and the large studio space boasts ample table space to create a plethora of goodies for future generations to take to outer-space editions of Antiques Roadshow. After customizing a ceramic treasure (studio fee of $6/person applies), guests leave it for the friendly staff to glaze and fire, and they pick up the resulting masterpiece five days later.
A pottery-painting birthday party for up to eight paint-slinging guests lets each attendee choose one piece from the $12–$14 stock then put brush to ceramic for a full two hours during regular store hours. Helium balloons will adorn the reserved space, and a party assistant stands ready to give tips to partiers and catch any ceramic birds prematurely starting their migration to the warmer environment of a kiln. The birthday boy or girl will leave the party with new art appreciation and a personalized dinner plate in tow while other guests take home their own creations.
Paint A Dream
Each of Paint A Dream’s three studios are ringed by shelves, each stacked high with bleached-white ceramics that stare out longingly, ready to welcome creative coatings of paint. Artists pick out their ceramic soulmates from plates, platters, cups, and figurines before turning them into personalized masterpieces. Using provided paints and brushes, they adorn pieces with colorful designs, drawings, and algebraic equations. Once muses deem painting finished, staff members usher each piece away to be glazed and fired. The studios welcome walk-in creators as well as groups including class trips, birthday parties, and fundraisers.