Much like their hearts and towns made of playing cards, humans take clayware for granted until it is smashed to smithereens. Learn to cherish the fragile building blocks of domesticity with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get two tickets to a Friday-night pottery party at Tucson Clay Co-op, held each Friday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (a $40 value).
Tucson Clay Co-op deftly kneads amateur and advanced potters together in a community-centric amalgam of learning and play. Each clay celebration commences with a pottery-wheel tutorial from a team of centrifugally savvy instructors, followed by two hours of artisanal spinning, pinch potting, and convivial mudslinging. Earmark winsome Canopic jars and interpretive evil-twin effigies for preservation in the cleansing fires of the co-op’s kiln for an additional $5 each, or cast clay aside and mold a moveable feast from an array of complimentary refreshments.
The Friday-night soirees, held in the co-op’s cozy orange-and-purple quarters, are limited to an intimate dozen participants per session. Call ahead to reserve slots for a night of canoodling with a clay-kissed loved one or crafty repartee with an artistic rival.