saturday when i finished work at 4p.m., i was totally in the mood to get artsy!
good thing i had a groupon to use to help me with that!
when i purchased my groupon a few months ago, i knew that painting some pottery would be a very fun new experience. i love artsy-craftsy projects but rarely do anything other than knitting (except for the cake decorating course) because i don’t want to invest in supplies (i’d love to weave on a loom!) and don’t want to clean up messes (painting of any type).
included in my groupon (i think i paid $10 for it? i should have taken a picture of my printout!) was two hours of studio time and $5 towards an item to potterize (that sounds like a legit word to me!). the art studios is open until 7 pm on saturdays – very convenient!
when i arrived shortly after 5 pm, the place was a zoo! and all ages: children to retired folks.
heather was awesome. she was friendly and helpful as soon as i arrived, and balanced a lot of demands for her attention.
we started off in the back room where i would choose my piece of pottery:
this handy poster was on the wall. as a first-timer, i appreciated the detailed instructions!
before i arrived, i had already mostly decided that i wanted to paint some type of dishware in order to help build my eclectic dishes collection:
i also did not want to spend an arm and a leg. let’s face it – i was not expecting to produce a picasso-quality piece. but lucky me! today was also 25% off all items!
but, then i spied the display of xmas choices:
in the end, i decided to stick with my original plan:
the next step was to choose the five shades of glaze i wished to use. i forgot to snap a direct pic, but you can kinda see the choices in the back room photo above ^^. they had a chart that looked like the paint palette you see at paint stores. so many pretty shades! so hard to choose!
heather totally took care of me: she found me a spot at a work table, got me a vast selection of paint brushes, set out water/sponge/paper toweling…all i had to do was start painting!
tangent: those two girls provided quite the background entertainment – they chitchatted non-stop, then the one had a lengthy phone conversation in french with someone…of course, i evesdropped! she was an anglophone speaking in french so it was très facile to comprendre what she was saying.
i started simply by painting the interior the lemon-lime shade, and the exterior the light green hue:
next came a rim of blue…
…and, the finished product!
i can see why my groupon offered two free hours of studio time. i diddled and daddled for over an hour, and as you can see, my
masterpiece work of art is not very complex. i can totally see how time would fly if you were with a friend and/or painting something really detailed – like santa!
i really enjoyed myself! when i was done, all i had to do was pay and walk away. no cleaning up of glazes, paint brushes, stencils…what a good business plan to provide the fun and take care of the dirty work – literally!
my bowl will be ready on saturday. i’ll show you what it looks like after its been in the kiln. i’m interested to see how the colours will change!
i ended up paying $5.93 (tax!) more than what my groupon covered for this new experience. it was worth it!
- i can totally see how this would be an awesome birthday party outing for the 10-12 year old (girl) set
- you could easily blow a ton of money very quickly by choosing several items and bigger items to paint, by choosing more glaze colours, and by spending a long time at the studio (and by purchasing a tuck shop treat!)
- it’d be super fun to do this with a friend. except i doubt i could concentrate on painting + gossiping, so maybe it was a good thing i only had to focus on my task at hand!
what was a fave birthday party outing when you were growing up? either your own party or someone else’s? i loved rollerskating birthday parties! that was BIG in the early 80’s!