Artistic inspiration can strike at any moment, which explains why artists isolate themselves in their studios and refuse to attend birthday parties without a block of marble. Prepare yourself for an imminent onslaught of creativity with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of studio fees and unpainted ceramics or glass at Ceramics & Coffee House @ Paint, Glaze & Fire in Overland Park. This Groupon cannot be used in conjunction with its daily specials.
Paint, Glaze & Fire eschews the traditional canvas, instead tasking its customers with immortalizing a wide array of ceramic and glass pieces with their own imaginative style. Studio fees (an $8 value for adults, a $6 value for children 18 and younger) include paint, necessary supplies, and tools, as well as the firing and glazing that leave the stone works smooth and scalding to the taste. Pottery pieces awaiting the gentle kiss of a brush's bristles include broad dinner plates ($16+), mugs ($10+), picture frames ($18+), and flowerless vases ($10+). After leaving their freshly painted masterpieces to the mercy of a kiln, customers receive a call in about one week to let them know their piece is finished and in transit to the Louvre for inspection.
An alternative to the earthenware arts, glass fusion melds sparkly shards into a panoply of colorful accessories for the home and body. Customers can stack strata of compatible glass designs to create pendants, night lights, frames, or cathedral windows ($18+) before a brief sauna session in the kiln marries the layers of designs, churning out fully formed artistic specimens alongside their ceramic cousins.
Paint Glaze & Fire
There is plenty to see, hear, and smell inside Paint Glaze & Fire. Here you’ll see rows of clay-colored mugs, vases, plates, pictures frames, and figurines next to bits of colored glass for fusion projects. Overhead a mosaic of tiles painted by customers creates a colorful ceiling, and up front an espresso bar grinds PT's coffee beans and steams milk for lattes.
Debbie, a Paint, Glaze & Fire owner, especially likes seeing dads painting pottery with their kids. Debbie says that while a father and his children might not talk too much while painting, they're still communicating and sharing a lot more than if they were silently sitting in a movie theatre. Plus, after painting or glass fusing this family will have a something to show for it.
While fun for the whole family, Paint Glaze & Fire focuses on cultivating the creativity and curiosity of children. Kids' parties and summer camps actively engage youngsters, as do the bimonthly Paint Me a Story sessions, where a favorite children's book is paired with a pottery painting activity. With space to house 30 to 40 adult-size imaginations, the studio can also host corporate team-building events, girls' nights out, and other celebrations.