At first glance, a pottery studio seems like an unusual scene for a cannabis culture event. When you arrive at Puff, Pass & Paint, a ceramics studio tucked away near the University of Denver Area, each table comes equipped with cannabis organic mom-and-pop dispensary from L’Eagle and smoking utensils likes pipes and papers.
But guests will also find handmade clay tools, some canvas to work on, and a wide variety of inspirational ceramics to get the creative juices flowing.
Events at Puff, Pass & Paint aren’t your typical cannabis-centered fare. High-level cannabis events typically attract experienced smokers or committed medical cannabis patients, and they also tend to have a younger crowd.
At the Denver-area ceramics studio, however, the focus was definitely on the process, not the pot. During this class, joints were passed around and the room was warm, filled with smoke and laughter.
The studio is a great way to introduce folks in the older generation to the wonders of cannabis, because there’s no pressure to partake and the focus is not on getting stoned, but on creating pottery.
And some of the students did not partake; they came along for the adventure and camaraderie. There was white wine flowing, and ’80s music set up the class for perfect karaoke moments.
There’s something very calming about playing with clay; it’s perhaps the most zen of all the crafts, one you can fall into with childlike enjoyment.
Any time in thePuff, Pass & Paint studio is always an enjoyable experience. The space tucked away in a nondescript, three-story house in the University of Denver area exemplifies marijuana normalization in the state. In these classes you will find the poster children for high-functioning cannabis use.
In addition to wrapping your fingers around some quality cannabis, this first-ever Puff, Pass & Pottery class was an experiment in art and cannabis consumption, with the goal of creating an an ashtray comparable to one you’d see in a boutique, with beautiful textures, tools and as much clay as you could wrap your fingers around.
And unlike high school ceramics class, where students get reprimanded for crafting smoking paraphernalia like ashtrays or pipes, instructors actually encouraged it!
Instructor Jessa Decker-Smith, who earned her masters’ degree in ceramics from East Tennessee State and also studied in India, made the experience as fluid and enjoyable as possible. She kept reminding her students that there is no right or wrong way to create; just go wherever the clay takes you.
This is definitely a worthwhile activity for anyone who doesn’t mind picking clay out of their fingers for a few days. There are two upcoming Puff, Pass & Pottery classes on January 29 and February 26; don’t be afraid to sign up and get your hands dirty.