Paint Your Own Pottery Café



The Fun and Inspiration From Painting Pottery

Painting pottery is a fun and creative activity for all the family. Visitors to The Clay Studio have all sorts of reasons for painting pottery from one-off gifts and celebration plates to learning to be more creative or simply a fun and relaxing time. You do not need any artistic skills to paint pottery. Quite the reverse. Our fully-trained staff will guide and encourage and help bring out the artist in you. In addition, we have numerous painted samples as well as books and other sources of ideas and inspiration. All you need to a desire to enjoy yourself, a little bit of patience and you will be surprised just what you can achieve. For those who are looking to learn different painting techniques we also offer occasional Painting Academy Workshops where you can learn various ways to achieve paint effects.

Artistic skill or previous experience are not necessary. New visitors are given clear instructions and staff are always available to help. All that is needed is enthusiasm to try something and sufficient patience to achieve your best results. It is important to allow yourself plenty of time. Pottery painting is also suitable for patient children. We encourage everyone to embrace their creativity by taking plenty of time, planning their work and using simple techniques.

The Clay Studio is open 6-7 days each week with late-night opening every Thursday. You do not need to book for painting although this is advised for a group of four or more and is compulsory for some special events. We can seat around 70 people. Our café menu is available up to one hour before closing and we have a wide range of hot and cold beverages. Our special events include Mother & Baby Day most Wednesdays, Chill-out Thursday and occasional special events. These are shown in our on-line Dairy of events.

Choose an item from our extensive and ever-changing range of unpainted (bisque items). We have a range of standard products as well as some items which are seasonal or we stock for a short period. We have over 400 different items and we are always adding new lines. Our Gallery shows the type of items that are available to paint as well as helping to provide inspiration. Decide on the theme for what you are painting. There is plenty of inspiration around and our staff are always on-hand to offer advice and help should you need it. You can paint something decorative or something functional. Is it for you or is it a gift? Let your imagination wander. Our staff will take you through the pottery painting process and guide you at all stages.

Each painter pays a Studio Fee of £4.50 per visit (£3.50 for under 16s, £14 for a family of two adults and two children). For baby or child handprints we charge one Adult Studio Fee, irrespective of the number of children. The price of the pieces ranges from £7.50 to £60 depending on what you choose. You can spend as long as you like painting and even come back to finish an item. You do not pay a Studio Fee for a repeat visit unless you start a new piece (one return visit allowed to finish an item) or a third visit onwards on the same piece. Our staff will give you a Clay Points card. Every time you pay a Studio Fee, the card will be stamped so that after the sixth visit your next Studio Fee is free. Regular painters can become a member of Clay Friends which provides many benefits.

You should allow plenty of time for painting. Most visits are an average of 2-3 hours, depending on what is being painted and the design chosen. We do not admit new painters less than 90 minutes before closing time. Our staff will always encourage you to take plenty of time to ensure you achieve the best possible result.

When you have finished your painting, our staff will let you know when it is ready for collection and give you a receipt showing this. This usually takes around 4-5 days, during which time the pottery will be given a glaze and fired in our kiln. If you are painting for a special occasion we recommend that you allow at least two weeks to allow for any firing or other issues that could delay completion. While this is rare, it is possible. When you collect it, you will see a transformation. If you are unable to collect, let us know and, for a small fee, we will arrange to courier the finished pottery to you in protective packaging.

It is Time to Bring out the Artist in You.

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