If it werent for the archival nature of ceramics, wed have little insight into the rainy-day activities of ancient Greeks. Make your own lasting, creative mark with todays Groupon: for $8, you get a paint-your-own-pottery session and a factory tour (up to a $25 value) at Louisville Stoneware, a combined shop and studio on Brent Street. All required pottery-painting resources are included in the cost of the Groupon, including select raw ceramic pieces, paint, glaze, and firing.
Founded in 1815, Louisville Stoneware is one of the nation's oldest stoneware-manufacturing firms, harvesting its stock of all-natural clay the old-fashioned way from the doughy deposits of western Indiana. Try your hand at the traditional art form of pottery by painting your own stoneware piece, selecting from an assortment of pigment-ready plates, bowls, figurines, and more. When you've exhausted your thinking cap and rocked your smock to the point where you have to turn it around and wear it as a dress shirt, hand over your finished piece for 16 sweltering hours of firing in a 2,350-degree kiln. Your customized keepsake will emerge from the blazing cubby frost-proof and oven-safe and will be ready for pick-up within 10 days of your studio visit.
Today's Groupon also gets you a fun and informative factory tour, during which nearly two centuries of stoneware-manufacturing history will flash before your peepers. Watch in wonderment as each and every one of Louisville Stoneware's factory's plates, mugs, and casserole dishes passes through a minimum of 20 hard-at-work artisan hands, taking notes as to how you and your family can improve the efficiency of your Thanksgiving table. Though the friendly staff at Louisville Stoneware is willing to lead informal tours during any open hours Monday through Saturday, official factory tours only run twice a day, starting at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, so plan your visit accordingly if you desire the full experience.
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