Archaeologists examine ancient pottery to identify a culture’s preferred cooking methods and to determine which of its members was the World's Greatest Dad. Make timeless memories with today's Groupon: for $14, you get $28 worth of studio fees and paint-your-own pottery at That Pottery Place. Studio fees—which include paint, glaze, and firing—are $8 for adults, $6 for children younger than 16, and $4 for seniors 65 and older. Parents may watch kids paint for no charge or assist for a $2 helper’s fee.
At That Pottery Place, the pallid façades of more than 200 ceramic designs await coating from 50 shades of paint and specialty glazes. Painters begin by perusing the ceramics, envisioning plotting flower petals onto 6-inch trivets ($8), casting self portraits onto mugs ($10), or spreading skylines of Middle Earth to the edges of an 8-inch plate ($10). Among the studio supplies, stencils steer straight edges onto letters or numbers, and stamps plant a permanent kiss in the shape of a butterfly, star, or “I Like Ike” campaign button. If inspiration fails to strike, artistes consult the studio’s idea books or step-by-step instructions.
Each studio fee covers supplies for two projects, which are ready for pickup after one week. Once pieces have lapped up fire’s firming affections, the finished work may adorn homes’ cupboards or mantelpieces next to trophies for the best homemade trophy.
That Pottery Place
At That Pottery Place, the definition of an artist’s canvas expands to include everything from mugs to coin banks. The studio invites budding van Goghs to choose from more than 200 pottery designs and cloak their selection with lead-free paint from a rainbow of more than 50 colors. Stencils, stamps, and idea books stand ready to inspire artists who are facing creative blocks or giving their muse the silent treatment. After participants fully realize their visions, they entrust their work to the studio’s professionals, who glaze and fire each piece, readying it for pickup within a week.
In addition to pottery painting, That Pottery Place lets guests channel their creativity with mosaics, whose tiles and gems can be grouted or glued to mirrors and frames, and other small fused-glass projects. Whatever the project, crafters can tote along their own snacks and drinks to fuel their creativity or throw at copycats. For more structured crafting, the studio organizes kids’ art classes and camps, and for celebrants seeking a hands-on event, they host parties.