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: for $10, you get $20 worth of paint-your-own pottery at Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge.
Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge's savvy staff supplies unpainted pottery, glazing expertise, and kiln-firing prowess to adults and children as they customize dishware and home décor in a social environment. Artists step into the upscale, modern studio space and select an unfinished white ceramic pottery piece ($3–$50+) to dress in colored lead-free glazes and a miniature pair of corduroy trousers. After painters perfect their dishes, the staff dutifully cleans up the dirty brushes and paint splatters left behind in patrons' wakes. Then professional ceramicists bake artists' work at 1,800 degrees in an on-site kiln, forever sealing the reflective gloss to the piece before polishing away any imperfections, completing all platters, plates, and mugs declaring "No. 1 third cousin" in just a few days.
Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge's floor-to-ceiling windows let in ample natural light, which reflects off the blond wood floors. It is a kid-friendly facility, accommodating tykes with a cave for lounging, watching DVDs, and pontificating about theories of relativity while parents complete projects.
Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge
Sick of buying expensive supplies and having to adhere to a class schedule just to create art, Jennifer Kurtz Rubin started the first of her chain of ceramic lounges in 1993. Each Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge is designed as a social and creative space, one that all customers can use to express themselves artistically while catching up with friends. The lounge throws open its doors for both kids and adults to decorate clay bisque pieces, such as mugs and salad bowls, with a bounty of colorful supplies, never worrying about cleanup afterward. Once they’re complete, the art pieces are glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in a few days. And because artists can stay for a whole afternoon or just 30 minutes, the lounge even grants a few moments of creativity to patrons with the busiest schedules. The company also goes beyond casual art making to host parties for kids and adults, in which they can bring in live music, serve food, and train scoops of ice cream to paint their own bowls.
Downtown Santa Cruz
125 Walnut Ave.
Santa Cruz, California 95060Get Directions