According to the U.S. Family Bureau, 98% of U.S. families cite a refusal to paint ceramics in public as an irreconcilable difference. Avoid the drama and satisfy your creative urges with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of ceramics and studio time at Seize the Clay. You can purchase multiples for repeat visits, though only one Groupon may be used per session.
Seize the Clay was Memphis’s first paint-your-own-pottery studio and has been around for more than 14 years. The studio’s bright colors and friendly tables fuse the best parts of an art classroom and a neighborhood café, creating a warm space for its customers' colorful efforts. A huge selection of blank ceramics try to win the affections of visiting artists, including collectable figurines ($5.50), piggy banks, large serving platters ($100), and dog bowls; most pottery pieces cost between $12 and $35. After making your selection, the staff will advise you on proper painting techniques using the huge variety of paints, which you'll then be able to use to decorate your artifact with flowers, apples, or the schematics for an internal combustion engine. The studio fee is $7 (except during special discounted times) and covers all painting supplies and firing. Finished pieces are usually available for pick-up after 3–5 days.
Seize the Clay welcomes humans of all ages, with birthday-party packages for youngsters, family nights for families, and Friday wine-and-cheese BYOB nights for adults only. Today’s deal is good for six months, which should give you plenty of time to plan for upcoming birthdays, bachelorette parties, and awkward Internet dates. You can let loose the maniacal, beret-clad artist inside by painting away all your pain and worry in the form of a pink party platter that depicts Arnold Palmer watching reruns of Blazing Saddles.
- My family and I came in today and had a WONDERFUL time painting. The color selection was endless and the ceramics choices were perfect, a little something for everybody. Keep up the good work! – Ursula, Facebook
- I love seize the Clay and for me the glass fusing class is the best because it is new to me and I love the colors in the finished pieces. – Don, Facebook
Seize the Clay
A piggy bank covered in polka dots, a platter celebrating Mother’s Day complete with each of her children’s handprints, a ceramic replica of Sesame Street’s Ernie—these are just a few of the projects that have emerged from Seize the Clay, a hands-on art studio specializing in pottery painting. In addition to embellishing various bisque pieces with unique designs, visitors can create glass-fused pendants, multihued mosaics. They can also try their hands at the potter’s wheel, hold birthday parties, or attend an interactive summer camp.