Few things can catch a snack thief red-handed as efficiently as a freshly painted crimson cookie jar. Keep track of your sweet stock with today's Groupon to The Mad Potter, redeemable at three locations in Houston. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of pottery painting and studio fees ($6 for kids; $8 for adults).
- For $75, you get $150 toward a pottery-painting party for eight or more people. Click here for party pricing.
The Mad Potter engages hands with more than 500 pristine ceramic pieces waiting to receive a kaleidoscope of paint colors. Customers begin artistic expeditions by browsing the studio's shelves for either an adult-level piece ($10–$45)—such as a mug, bowl, or plate—or children's bisque ($8–$18), ranging from dishware to figurines and piggy banks for holding future earnings as a starving artist. Crockery connoisseurs have access to an assortment of design books, stamps, stencils, and paints with which to animate their ghostly pieces. New pottery parents can rest easy knowing their creations are being glazed, professionally fired, and trained as part of a ceramic super-army within three to four days.
Alternatively, brush-happy bands of eight or more can celebrate special occasions creatively with pottery-painting parties. The studio lavishes each shindig with balloons, beverages, artistic consulting, and custom invitations ($18 for 15) as partygoers paint a piece for themselves or forge a one-of-a-kind gift for the guest of honor. Groups are free to bring cakes, pizza, and stolen pieces of David —imbibables keep palates inspired with BYOB policies at the Bellaire and West locations, as well as beer and wine for purchase at the River Oaks studio (not included in this Groupon).
The Mad Potter
For Meredith McCord, looking at a piece of pottery brings back decades of memories. McCord started The Mad Potter in 1998, and since those early days, she's used her kiln to immortalize countless special moments. She's traveled to hospitals to capture the footprints of newborns, helped a young man create a dessert plate with the words "Will you marry me?" emblazoned across it, and auctioned off items for charity. Yet some of her fondest memories center on the day-to-day interactions with customers, specifically when they return to pick up their fired pieces and utter three words of amazement: "I did that?"
The Mad Potter has since expanded into three Houston-area locations, where children and adults come to paint their own works of art or create replicas of their ancient ancestors' garden gnomes. More than 500 bisqueware items line the shelves of each studio, including coffee mugs, plates, and figurines. Staffers then help visitors select from more than 54 available colors of paint and supply them with everything else they might need, including brushes and stencils. The staff can even take things over and create more intricate designs—while still consulting closely with the customer. Whatever route a person chooses, there's always time for a sip of wine or beer; the River Oaks location sells both while Bellaire and Woodway maintain a BYOB policy.