Crafternoon & Crafterdark Pottery Workshops

Bring your creative friends and make a few new ones as you learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. This three-hour workshop is a fun and messy introduction to clay. The $40 fee includes instruction and materials for one adult. Students can expect to make 3 – 5 pots and decorate them using colorful slips or textures. Your pots will be ready to pick up after approximately two weeks.

Clay for Couples

Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC’s original Clay for Couples. Sign up with your special friend and learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel in a fun and relaxed environment. Already attended a session? Sign up again and take your skills to the next level. Pots will be ready to pick up about two weeks later.

*The $80 fee includes instruction and materials for two adults.

Refind: Vintage and Re-makers Market

Mercury Mosaics and Tattersall Distilling will be hosting REFIND, a vintage and re-makers market, on April 4th, 2020 from noon to 6pm at their neighboring locations in the historic Thorp Building in Northeast Minneapolis. Visitors can expect to shop a wide array of vintage, sustainable, and repurposed goods amid the casks of Tattersall’s distillery and the kilns of Mercury Mosaics ceramic tile factory, while sipping cocktails and craft coffee and munching on delights from La Belle Crepe. And if you are in a creative mood, workshops will be hosted throughout the day so you might leave with a reusable produce bag that you have sewn yourself, a pair of reclaimed leather earrings that you have crafted, or a floral arrangement that you have styled in a reusable ceramic vase. Explore Tattersall and Mercury Mosaics’ vintage and re-makers market, REFIND, and leave with old treasures, new creative passions, and a full shopping bag that leaves you feeling good about your impact on the planet!
This event is free and open to the public. However, the Spring Refresh Floral Arranging Workshop does require tickets, which are available for presale here.

Crafternoon & Crafterdark Pottery Workshops

Bring your creative friends and make a few new ones as you learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel. This three-hour workshop is a fun and messy introduction to clay. The $40 fee includes instruction and materials for one adult. Students can expect to make 3 – 5 pots and decorate them using colorful slips or textures. Your pots will be ready to pick up after approximately two weeks.

Clay for Couples

Looking for a unique date night activity that is sure to impress your mate? Look no further than NCC’s original Clay for Couples. Sign up with your special friend and learn the secrets of throwing pottery on the wheel in a fun and relaxed environment. Already attended a session? Sign up again and take your skills to the next level. Pots will be ready to pick up about two weeks later.

*The $80 fee includes instruction and materials for two adults.

Where to get your flower fix this weekend

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The Como Zoo Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s summer flower show opens April 30. This year’s theme is the color purple. // Photo of past summer show via Como Zoo Conservatory

Spring is taking its sweet time to fully arrive in Minnesota. Instead of gazing out your window at the dreary gray skies, wrapped in a blanket, wishing for warm sunshine and abundant gardens, get a jump-start on the season by heading to Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Summer Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory.

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Floral arrangements for Art In Bloom are designed to complement pieces in the Mia’s collection // Photo via Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Art in Bloom opens today, Thursday, April 28, and goes until Sunday, May 1. This is the 33rd year of the four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art. There are more than 150 floral displays, each designed to interpret objects from Mia’s collection. The event is free and open during regular museum hours. For tour schedules, hours, and other information, head to the Art in Bloom website.

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The Oriental Trumpet hybrid Lily named “Purple Prince” is the star of this year’s Summer Flower Show at the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at the Como Zoo // Photo via Como Zoo Conservatory

The Summer Flower Show opens on Saturday, April 30. In what the conservatory is calling “a beautiful coincidence only befitting Prince’s world-wide prominence, life, and the significance of his artistic work,” this year’s show features a purple and lavender color scheme. The star of the show is the new Oriental Trumpet hybrid Lily named “Purple Prince.”

Some other prominent purples include Purpletop Vervain, Russian Sage, Beebalm, Butterfly Bush, and Heliotrope. Purple white and lavender roses, Caladiums, and Petunias will continue the color theme.

The show goes through October 2, 2016. Learn more here.


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