What is a Ceramic Painting studio?

Ceramic painting is all about having fun! We have a wide range of ‘bisqueware’ (unpainted pottery), together with brushes and specialist ‘underglaze’ paint for you to decorate and personalise your very own masterpiece. We then glaze and fire your painted item in our kiln, ready for you to collect it 1 week later.

How much does it cost?

The cost depends on the item you choose to paint with prices starting at £8 for a small tile. We do ensure we always have a range of items under £15, but larger and/or more complex items are more expensive. Most items are between £15 and £25. In addition, there is a studio fee of £3.00 per painter (£5 for evening bookings) which covers your session in the studio, paints, tools, brushes, stencils, glazing and firing of your items.

How long does it take?

On average it takes about one and a half to two hours, but it can take longer. Younger children tend to take less time to complete their painting.

What if I don’t finish my piece?

You pay for your item, take it with you and then come back and finish it another day. There won’t be an additional Studio Fee to pay to complete your painting if you are buying a drink and/or food on your return visit.

Why is there a Studio Fee?

The studio fee covers your time in the studio, paints, tools, brushes, stencils, glazing and firing of your items.

When will my item be ready?

It takes around one week for your item to be glazed and fired, but may be slightly longer in particularly busy periods (such as before Christmas). We will tell you if it is likely to take longer than one week for your item to be ready.

What if I am not very artistic?

You don’t need to be Van Gogh! We have stencils, stamps and design books full of ideas and inspiration. Simple designs such as spots can be very effective.

Do I need to book?

We do advise that you book, especially if there are a number in your group, and at weekends. To book please call us on 01202 558030. If you do just turn up and we are full, we will take your mobile number and call you as soon as a table is free.

Are the paints safe?

Definitely, our paints and glaze are non-toxic. Any paint on clothes will wash out, and we can provide aprons if wanted.

Can you put painted items in the dishwasher or microwave?

It is safe to put your items in the dishwasher or microwave, but as they are earthenware we do not recommend prolonged use in a dishwasher or microwave.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes, we sell gift vouchers for £5, £10, £15, £20 and £25.

Do you sell drinks and food?

Yes, our cafe offers delicious Lavazza coffee, a variety of teas, soft drinks, and sandwiches and paninis made-to-order. We also have a wide selection of yummy cakes including Vegan and Gluten Free.

Do you do commissions?

Yes. Please call us on 01202 558030 to discuss your requirements.

Do you post?

Yes, all items are extremely well packaged for safe delivery. It is very rare for an item to be broken in transit but should this happen we will offer a replacement or full refund of the amount paid.

AFU team