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 pottery painting or glass fusing at Your Plate or Mine at The Lakes Mall in Muskegon.
At Your Plate or Mine, both seasoned glazers and greenhorn glammers turn unadorned pottery and glass fragments into one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Pottery prettifiers of all ages choose from more than 500 pieces of bisque ($4–$55), ranging from plates ($8–$12) and mugs ($8–$12) to figurines ($9–$12). With their blank slates in tow, guests pick out paints and, like the Beauty and the Beast animation team, bring the ceramics to life; if painter's block sets in, a friendly staff can offer tips and suggestions.
The studio fee ($8 for adults, $4–$5 for children) covers brushes, pigments, and kiln firing to bake in zesty designs (firing takes a week). In glass fusing (adults only), the studio's staff shows jewelers how to score and cut glass for aligning into picturesque Pangeas, which are then heated, fused together, and populated by tiny triceratops. With no studio fee, fusers can take their time crafting 8–10 pendants ($20) or composing a 3-inch square ($11).
Guests at Your Plate or Mine sit at cozy tables surrounded by walls awash in cooling colors as floor-to-ceiling glass windows reflect shelf upon shelf of inviting bisque. A fused glass pendant makes a heartfelt Mother's Day gift, and a decorated plate is an ideal surface for accidentally consuming a childhood's worth of macaroni collages.
- Not only is this a fun experience for one person, couples or whole groups of people, it’s a great gift idea…In addition to creating custom earthenware, the studio also offers glass fusing which is great for necklaces and other decorative items. – Muskegon Local