On Monday night fills with folks either chatting away or focused on adding color to a porcelain-white piece of ceramic.
Years of ceramics expertise coalesce in this space, and the most experienced, with more than 30 years of ceramics skills under her belt, is Paula Osheroff, who organizes the at the coffeehouse.
Osheroff is a Santee resident that used to teach at Color Me Mine, a local ceramics center that closed recently. When it closed, there was a loyal customer base that was in Osheroff's network that were still interested in painting ceramics in a group setting. After some discussion with Friendly Grounds Coffeehouse, including a guarantee that no toxic materials would be used, she started the ceramics night in May.
The process is simple, and costs are broken up, in case you want to bring your own paints, and whatnot.
First, you must choose a ceramic bisque, which is a blank piece cast from a mold by Osheroff herself (she has 100's and access to 1000's of molds). They range in cost from $2 to $13 for the larger pieces. For $5 you gain access to her paints and brushes, and there is a slight fee if you want her to fire the piece and bring it back for you next week.
If you're looking for a quiet night out with some nice folks, maybe something to occupy the kids or just like arts and crafts, check it out starting at 6 p.m.