Artists always want muses without realizing they are a big responsibility, demanding regular walks, a ticket to every sunset, and smoothies made of old pastels and greek yogurt. Cultivate your creativity an easier way with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two hours of studio time, which includes $5 worth of unglazed pottery to paint, at The Art Studios in Waterloo (up to a $21 value).
The Art Studios' creative emporium evokes the inner artist of children and adults with ceramic pieces and hundreds of glazes, and solidifies their artistry with an in-studio kiln. Figures of ready-to-colourize pottery range from magnets and ornaments ($3) to large vases and serving platters ($40), with many items in between, including mugs, bowls, trinket boxes, and neck ties. After picking out a piece, buyers choose up to six colourific paints (standard colours included, special glazes available for $5) to slather on their earthenware during two hours of open-studio time (up to an $8/hour value) Tuesday–Sunday. Those pressed for time or painting a life-sized Alanis Morissette sculpture can place their piece atop the on-hold shelf and finish it later. After applying layers of liquid pigments, The Art Studios fires and cools each piece. The freshly baked pieces are ready for pickup in about a week and are food safe, plus dishwasher, microwave, and robot-butler friendly.
The Art Studios
The mission of The Art Studios goes beyond pottery and paints. Put plainly, they "aim to encourage and support each individual as they express their creativity, build confidence, and strengthen their relationships through artistic expression." In camps, classes, team-building sessions, and parties, groups gather to use both their creative brains and their social skills as they paint and chat, talking excitedly to their decorative plates and scrawling "#1 Mom" on their neighbour's foreheads. In addition to painting pottery, students can sculpt with clay or fuse glass to create functional works of art they can tote home.
22 Regina St. N
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 3A1