Thursday, April 24, 2014
I've often admired the colorful and funky tiled sign that hangs on the outside of the Portland Pottery Studio and Cafe building on Washington Ave.
But I hadn't stopped to really admire all the intricate tiles until the other night when I was driving by and spotted these cool light fixtures hanging in the studio and peeking out over the top of a giant snow bank.
The lights, courtesy of Ikea, drew me in. And then I wanted to know more. Like what goes on inside Portland Pottery besides those decorative wintery lights.
Turns out there's a very unique happening there for Valentine's evening with a dinner at the cafe (apps, three choices for an entree and dessert) paired with the chance to throw a piece of pottery.
It's a first for Portland Pottery, which opened the adjacent cafe last June. For $75 per couple, you and your date can enjoy the gourmet food and participate in a one-hour throwing lesson. Employee Elizabeth Louden says that since most participants will likely be beginners, the creation won't be too extravagant. Expect shallow bowls or maybe something that can't really be identified but can serve as an ashtray.
You won't get to leave with your masterpiece because it will have to be fired, but you can return to pick it up in a week or so.
Portland Pottery has 12 spots open for lovers who are also lovers of pottery. If there's additional interest a second group could be formed. Call 772-4334 and prepare to get your hands dirty.
And don't forget to check out the lights - and the cool tile sign - while you're there.
Karen Beaudoin is an online editor for Maine Today Media and contributes two blogs to the company's websites.
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