Ancient civilizations were known for painting scenes on the pottery they created, leading to crude hand-etched tableaus of overweight cats talking back to their owners. Engage in age-old endeavors with today’s Groupon to Quiggly's Clayhouse in Richardson. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of walk-in mosaic, pottery paint, or clay-sculpting projects.
- For $25, you get admission for two to a glass-fusion or pottery-wheel experience (a $50 value).
Quiggly's Clayhouse equips creative kids and artistic adults with the knowledge and supplies required to forge eye-catching art pieces from glass and clay. When inspiration strikes, imaginative hands can create a masterpiece on the spot with walk-in art projects. Select a lily-white piece of pottery to paint in bright colors and stencil with creative html code or sculpt clay by hand to create a functional dish or dysfunctional clay television. Mosaic mavens can choose from a range of wooden shapes to adorn with glittering pieces of glass and other materials. After placing the final stroke, shape, or shard on a project, crafters hand off their prized pieces to a staff member, who will clear-glaze pottery, dry and fire clay, and introduce mosaic decorations to one other to prevent the formation of rival art schools.
Glass-fushion and pottery-wheel classes nourish young minds with in-depth instruction. Keeping a safe distance from glassblowing's hazardous torches or modern-art bonfires, 20-minute glass fusion lessons let fingers assemble colorful glass mosaics without placing them near flames. A seasoned silica sculptor then fires the piece flat, creating a scintillating 4-inch coaster ideal for adorning home coffee tables. 30-minute pottery classes teach tykes to throw clay on a pottery wheel, using the rotating surface to create perfectly round vases or extremely dizzy paperweights. Students return from class with renewed artistic inspiration and two finished pieces to take home.
While attending Austin College, two important things happened to Kirby and Kristi Carmichael: they fell in love with art, and with each other. When Kirby moved to Italy after graduation to expand his pottery education, Kristi followed. During that time, she discovered she had a knack for majolica painting––a craft that Renaissance-era artists used to decorate vases, jars, and plates, all of which Leonardo da Vinci invented. The couple realized they had a sturdy link between their talents, and eventually returned to the United States jobless, engaged, and ready to share what they'd learned.
In October 2005, the Carmichaels opened Quiggly's Clayhouse, where potters and painters alike have since been crafting masterpieces and sharpening their skills with lessons. The studio's flexible walk-in availability encourages artists to visit whenever inspiration strikes—be it for painting pottery, sculpting clay, fusing glass, or forging mosaics. Frequent themed events also bring groups together in the name of casual creativity, including adult wheel nights, ladies’ nights, and kids’ nights.
North College Park
1344 E Belt Line Rd.
Richardson, Texas 75081