Clay pots and humans are more alike than most think—they both have ancient origins and are generally stuffed with entire batches of cookies. Color your craftwork counterpart with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of do-it-yourself ceramic painting at Paint N’ Fire Ceramic Studio in West Linn.
Under the high ceilings of Paint N’ Fire Ceramic Studio, amateur artisans decorate high-quality pottery with sponges and artistic tools as sage instructors look on. Inspect floor-to-ceiling shelves of finished ceramics for inspiration, then look through a catalog of more than 300 unfinished pieces to find the three-dimensional canvas on which to etch a masterpiece or libel former science teachers (ceramics range from $8–$65). Uncertain fingers can rely on all manner of painting paraphernalia, using more than 90 shades of lead-free, non-toxic glazes as they sponge or stamp on patterns and use stencils to reproduce canonical coloring-book designs. Those hoping to preserve memorable pictures can make their own stencil out of carbon-free tracing paper or consult with a seasoned ceramist to hazard their own free-hand interpretation. Guests are welcome to bring their favorite hand-steadying beer or wine, and each finished product will be kiln-fired and ready for pickup three–five days later.
Paint N' Fire Ceramic Studio
At Paint N' Fire—a paint-your-own pottery studio—shelves of unfinished plates, mugs, and other ceramics wait to be adorned by walk-in painters of all skill levels. Artists work at tiled tables in an earth-toned studio to create imagery that's wildly innovative, beautiful, or commemorates the ancient Athenian victory at Marathon on pottery ready to be filled with flowers, pencils, or wishes. Pottery painters can also use an onsite copier to magnify or reduce graphics and apply those to ceramics. Within a week after studio sessions, glazed and kiln-fired masterpieces are ready for pickup.
21420 Salamo Rd.
West Linn, Oregon 97068