Art is hard, especially when fortified by the flames of a sintering kiln. Make a piece of sturdy, ceramic eye candy with today's deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of pottery painting and glass fusing at The Mud Room, one of western Michigan's original DIY décor destinations, located in Ada. This Groupon expires on November 6, 2010.
The Mud Room makes room for potters, fusers, and creatives of all ages and experience levels. Stop in anytime during open studio hours and select the project that suits your hands-on hunger. If you're lacking a creative spark, there are plenty of idea books and samples on hand to inspire you. Your Groupon can be used toward the $6 studio fee, which includes all the time and tools required to complete projects, and the $2 firing fee; the remaining value can be applied to purchasing the art you create. If you opt for pottery painting, you'll adorn a pre-made piece in the shape of anything from a practical plate to an elegant vase. If you go for glass fusing, you'll layer shimmering shards on brilliant bases until your creation turns translucently terrific. Pottery pieces start at $1, with most pieces running $8–$20, and glass fusion projects glisten for as low as $12.
The Mud Room's cheerful studio is a great place to get friends together for a small ceramics gathering, glass-fusion rave, or first ceramics date. Even if you don't know how to paint pots or only know how to blow glass, you can still gift a few Groupons and plan an adventurous family affair—or let loose with paint-slinging thrills on a girls’ night out or all-ages bachelor party.
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The Mud Room
After slinging itself onto the Michigan art scene in 1996, The Mud Room has since spun into a hub of creativity for artists of all ages and artistic experience. Under the direction of the studio's in-house teachers, small groups learn to wield everything from paintbrushes to pottery wheels during studio parties and classes, which teach such skills as fusing colored glass tiles into kaleidoscopic works or hand-forming ceramics to recreate ancient casseroles. Customers can also stop in to paint pre-made ceramics themselves. The pieces come in various shapes and sizes, which patrons can adorn with colored glaze before handing their artwork over to the professionals to be fired and finished. The studio also offers group pottery classes for parties including girls' nights out, birthdays, and kids' celebrations. In keeping with its safety-first approach, The Mud Room features only nontoxic, lead-free products, ensuring the finished pieces are safe to use with food.