Hand-painted pottery has a rich legacy of storytelling, from the Grecian urns that document the perils of Orpheus and Eurydice to modern coffee mugs that foretell epic tales of the world's greatest grandpa. Paint your own story with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pottery painting at Pottery Hollow with locations in Glen Carbon and Fairview Heights.
The staff at Pottery Hollow arms budding artists with everything they need to unleash their inner ceramic visions, including paints, brushes, and blank pottery canvases. Adults ($8) and children ($5) roll up their sleeves and drag paintbrushes across 3-D designs such as mugs, platters, and animal figures ($5–$60). The studio's supply fee includes unlimited use of the workshop's wide range of materials and idea books. Once completed, the designs are glazed and fired in the kiln by professionals to instill shiny renewal and ceramic self-esteem. On Fridays, evening hours bring BYOB night to Pottery Hollow's workspace, where glasses clink in celebration of completed masterpieces.
At Pottery Hollow, kids and adults alike find inspiration to create ceramic works of art. Each session stems 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.