Clay, like a pesky younger sibling, must be pinched, thrown, and decorated in order to resemble an actual human being. Fire ceramic Frankensteins with today's Groupon to Zen and Now Clay Studio in Tucker. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a date-night pottery class for two (a $70 value).
- For $49, you get a family pottery class for one parent and two children (a $99 value).
The mud mavens at Zen and Now teach students of all abilities the art of pottery construction through a variety of classes, workshops, and open studio hours. Lovebirds and professional Ghost reenactors can swoon over spinning tables at Zen's date-night class, where wine and cheese are served to couples as they sculpt each other's likenesses and use their collective chemistry to spin the pottery wheels.
At the family pottery class, a parent or guardian plus two Generation Zers can hand build and glaze one-of-a-kind ceramics while receiving expert instruction, plus healthy snacks and drinks. For families larger than flocks of three, up to two additional people are permitted to join for $10 a head. Both classes are two and a half hours long and come with all the materials every potential potter needs. Projects are fired by the staff and can be picked up after a fortnight of shivering with anticipation.
Zen and Now Clay Studio
The adults hanging out inside Zen and Now Clay Studio look blissfully filthy. Soft clay slicks their hands and sticks to their smocks as they sculpt a pastoral scene onto a platter during a class or develop their own style of relating to Patrick Swayze during open studio time. In the white, utilitarian workroom, artists gather around a central table for hand building—helped by tools such as a slab roller, extruder sets for creating tubular shapes, and slump molds—or form clay on one of several electric pottery wheels. The staff later glazes and fires all student work in a process that takes about two weeks.
Adding to the enjoyment of creating art, Zen and Now's instructors organize events such as couples nights that give adults a chance to enjoy wine and cheese in the company of people they sculpted themselves, and a Boy Scout pottery merit badge workshop encourages kids to explore creativity in the studio and in the broader community. Helping students further explore 3-D modeling, the studio also offers drawing and painting classes in watercolor and Sumi-e, a classical form of East Asian ink painting.