How it works

Choose it

Select the item or items you would like to paint. We have a large range of unfinished ceramic items, including plates, mugs, bowls, flower pots, piggy banks, fairies, small ornaments. With over 150 different ceramics in stock, there is lots to choose from.

Paint it

Simply think of a design and get creative! We have many samples and books for inspiration. In addition we have a selection of stencils and stamps and we can supply tracing paper. All our paints are water based and non-toxic so are suitable for all ages.

Collect it

Your item will be ready to collect in 7 days, slightly longer in very busy periods. If you do need your items sooner, we will do our best to accommodate special requests if we have space in our kilns – just ask at the counter. If you are visiting Bournemouth we can post your item for a small charge, or keep it in the studio for you. We hold items for 3 months.

FAQs

Who can come and paint here?

We are open to people of all ages and skill levels. Whether you want to come down as a family activity or a group day out we will be happy to see you.

We serve a range of hot and cold food and drinks including coffees and teas.

There is street parking outside the Cafe including disabled and electric vehicle parking. There are also town centre car parks within a few hundred yards.

We have a selection of items, including, plates, mugs, plaques and fun decorative items.

There is street parking outside the Cafe including disabled and electric vehicle parking. There are also town centre car parks within a few hundred yards.

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 
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.
Yes. Please call us on 01202 558030 to discuss your requirements.
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.
Sarah Walters
Sarah Walters
2023-11-13
Friendly and helpful staff, good choice of ceramics and paints. Relaxed atmosphere. Went the week before half term as I wanted to paint something for a birthday present. The staff put a priority on it so it could be sent to me in London before going to the birthday girl in Cheshire. Happy to say it arrived on time for her birthday and she loved it! Thanks to the lovely staff
A Osborne
A Osborne
2023-10-17
Staff are very friendly and helpful. Tons of options for painting and a large selection of season items too. It was a little cold as the doors were open but didn’t ruin the experience. Drinks and food were delicious, I’d recommend the carrot cake and hot chocolate.
Becky Runacres
Becky Runacres
2023-09-23
Such a lovely time! Great service and lovely atmosphere