The existence of prehistoric pottery shards paints a clear picture of ancient artisanal practices while highlighting ancestral clumsiness. Leave behind traces of your own civilization with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of functional painted pottery at Whatta' Dish, located in West Des Moines.
Visit Whatta' Dish to fill kitchen cabinets with one-of-a-kind ceramics. After paying a $6 studio fee, pottery painters can stylishly decorate trinket boxes ($12+), piggy banks ($12+), coffee cups ($11+), and more before functional works of art are sealed in a protective glaze and then fired until dry. Finished pieces will be dishwasher-safe, unlike the papier-mâché Easter bunnies you made in grade-school art class.
Whatta' Dish resembles its brightly painted progeny, with black-and-white striped window frames, a lime-green entryway, periwinkle walls, and a staff that is entirely ceramic. Groups of all sizes are welcome, but large parties are encouraged to call ahead for an appointment.
Behind Whatta' Dish's handsome, unpainted wood exterior lies a treasure trove of similarly unadorned pottery that awaits the caress of a paintbrush. Ensconced in warm light and bright, multihued walls, guests embellish a wide array of bisque pieces, such as ornaments, pet dishes, and plates. As the last coat begins to dry, Whatta' Dish's staff whisks finished pieces away, glazing and firing them to give each item a protective gloss that makes it safe for use with food and trips through the dishwasher. Guests are free to tote along their own snacks and beverages of choice.
West Des Moines
509 Elm St.
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265Get Directions