Pottery is one of the world’s most ancient arts, along with drawing on caves, pounding on pelt drums, and watching PBS. Channel your ancestral creativity with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pottery painting at Pottery Hollow with locations in Glen Carbon and Fairview Heights.
Pottery Hollow allows the dexterous digits of craft-crazy customers to come in and sit down for creative custom pottery-painting sessions with Come in and Paint. Step up to the table, roll up the sleeves, and dab a brush in any color you choose to begin work on your own masterpiece of custom-painted pottery. The supply fee includes paints, brushes, firing, and everything else necessary for enshrouding pieces in carefully mused designs and ironic communist propaganda ($8 for adults, $5 for children). Select any piece of bisque to chroma-coat, from mugs and animals to grandiose platters and ceramic monster trucks ($5–$60). Following the pigmentation frenzy, the professionals at Pottery Hollow will glaze the work and fire pieces in their kiln, ensuring a shiny, permanent finish without the dangers of shoving untrained arms into fiery infernos.
Five Insider Pagers give the Pottery Hollow in Fairview Heights an average of four stars:
- The staff is always professional and courteous and always make a huge impact on myself and my children, what a great way for families to bond. – Olivia J.
- All in all, it was a nice treat to be able to create unique gifts instead of running from store to store looking for something special. My daughter and I had fun and save some money to boot. – Ray M.
At Pottery Hollow, kids and adults alike find inspiration to create ceramic works of art from a fanciful story about a potter in need of an apprentice to help him and his fairy friends adorn ceramic mugs, platters, and knickknacks with colorful paint. Guests enter the potter's enchanted hollow—complete with twisted tree trunks and brightly colored chairs—to work on the unpainted pieces stored deep beneath the forest. While guests create their masterpieces, staffers keep them supplied with paints and brushes and take finished pieces to be baked in the kiln.
In addition to walk-in sessions, Pottery Hollow's three locations host parties and events such as mommy-and-me sessions, bridal showers, and corporate events. And on Friday nights until 9 p.m., ladies can create beautiful works of art while sipping on their favorite BYOB drinks. Staffers also craft custom pieces in one to two weeks, which can be given as gifts, kept as future heirlooms, or offered as sacrifices to the home-decor gods.