Painted pottery has long been used to commemorate milestones, with pieces retelling the stories of famous battles, notable births, and the series finale of Mr. Belvedere. Cement some epic memories with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 toward pottery painting at Painted By U in Hoover.
The crafty craftspeople at Painted By U unsheathe hue-soaked brushes on a variety of ceramic canvases (starting at $3; average cost $10–$20), including plates, picture frames, and more. Unlimited studio time for one day costs $6 per person and allows artistic impulses time to percolate, and a host of stencils, samples, and pattern books give uncooperative inspiration a Cliff's Notes–style boost. Stay small with artfully decorated tiles and cups, or take on larger projects by adorning blank platters or giving birthday makeovers to needy terra cotta warriors. Creations are fired on-site and ready for pickup one week after completion.
Painted By U
Painted By U caters to burgeoning artists and crafters of all ages in a studio that invites visitors to create fused glass works, paint ceramic bisques, or color blank canvases. After choosing their piece from a selection of more than 300 ceramic forms, walk-in artists can elect colors from a rainbow of glazes with which to paint mugs, tiles, and pieces of Atlantis. Meanwhile, a glittering array of glass pieces awaits selection as experts help artists fuse and slump their assemblages into vibrant silica masterpieces. The studio's collection of idea books, stencils, and stamps kindle artistic inspiration, while studio assistants lend tips and tricks to creators hard at work. Party-planners can rent out an activity room that accommodates up to 18 guests to forge art-filled birthdays, bridal showers, or ladies' nights.