Looking for something different to do? Next time you meet a friend, instead of going for a coffee, why not pop into your local pottery The painting coffee?
A creative catch-up is a fun way to spend time together while having the opportunity to relax and make a craft you can keep. Pottery Painting classes are held in cafes and studios across the country and are a popular activity for birthday parties, bachelorette parties and even workdays, but they can also be enjoyed on a smaller scale with only one or two friends.
If you don’t have time to attend a regular class or craft class then a pottery painting session is a perfect way to get your creative fix. Whatever your experience with art, everyone can try pottery painting, even if you are a beginner with no painting experience, you will always come away with a hand painted masterpiece.
What is pottery painting?
In a pottery painting session, you start by choosing an ordinary ceramic object (called a bisque) to paint with your own designs using special glaze paints. When you’re done, you leave it behind for the coffee to bake in an oven, then come back to pick it up. Your item can then be used and washed normally.
There are usually two costs involved in pottery painting, first a flat fee for the session – that’s a few pounds, followed by the cost of the ceramic you choose to paint. The price of ceramics varies according to their size and can include ornaments, cups and plates. If you’re not sure where to start your design, pottery painting wizards can help and they’ll also show you techniques to inspire you.
If you’re wondering ‘is there a pottery painting cafe near me?’ We have what you need! There are now more pottery cafes than ever across the country, so you won’t be far from one. Check out our recommendations for some of our favorite cafes and pottery painting workshops in the UK.
Fulham – Pottery Cafe
This West London pottery cafe was originally started by a ceramicist Emma Bridgewater and was located near his own pottery workshop. It is now a popular spot for pottery painting parties for up to 18 attendees. You can enjoy freshly roasted coffee and cookies while you paint.
Streatham – Funky Potters
Funky Potters specializes in pottery painting parties and one of their most popular sessions is painting plates with baby footprints to make a personalized gift. Or if you’ve just had an afternoon of crafting, you can pick one of their many ceramic designs like egg cups and mugs from £5.
South Woodford – Creative Cookie
This friendly pottery painting café welcomes passionate artisans seven days a week and you are invited to come and paint whenever you want. Once a month there is a Late Night Painting Club when the cafe is open from 6-10pm and you can even BYOB.
Kent – This Art of Mine
Set in a beautiful part of the Kent countryside, this is a pottery painting studio that feels like a retreat. The space is open at fixed times during the week and all school holidays so that you can entertain and occupy the children.
Hayward’s Heath – Fun Pots
An ideal pottery studio for children and adults alike, the team here encourages you to enjoy some creative, mindful time where you can slow down and enjoy the painting process at your leisure.
Bristol – Flying Saucers
There are three branches of Flying Saucers pottery painting cafes – Hebden Bridge, Warminster and Bristol. You’ll find the Bristol branch in the popular Clifton Triangle area of the city. Whatever you fancy painting, whether it’s a piggy bank or a clock, you’ll find it in their impressive collection of ready-to-paint biscuit pieces.
Bath – Crockadoodledoo
Located in the bustling village of Larkhall, Crockadoodledo has a brilliant name and is just a 15 minute walk from the center of Bath. A charming pottery workshop guarantees a fun, relaxing and creative experience. They encourage ‘lonely painters’ as much as bringing friends, so if you have the day off and are looking for a ‘me time’ activity, why not drop by pottery painting?
Falmouth – Star Glazers
Spice up your pottery painting! Star Glazers offers a range of glitter paints and glazes to make your ceramic creations shine. You’ll find this shop and cafe on the main street of this popular seaside town and it’s a fantastic activity if you’re in Cornwall on a holiday.
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Lincolnshire – Potties and Parties
If you’re catching up with a friend after work, why not book one of the Sip and Paint parties here. They run from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., giving you plenty of opportunities to catch up, grab a drink, and enjoy some pottery painting time.
Nottingham – Pot and Kettle
There are fantastic specials at this pottery painting studio, including a gift for groups. If 10 of you book to paint your own project, you will also receive a free gift that you can paint together as a memento of your day.
Cambridge – Cunning Monkey
Whether you want to paint a personalized gift or update your kitchenware, there are plenty of items to paint in this creative space that offers pottery painting, building a bear and other craft workshops. Arts and crafts. Kids will love the paint options including mermaids, fairies and dinosaurs.
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Manchester – Create it!
Fun and colorful craft cafe, pottery painting is one of the activities you can do here. There is also cutting and painting on canvas. If you fancy having a creative meeting at home, they also sell kits that you can take home and paint, then bring back to get fired.
Cheshire – Minikin Paint Bucket
A family-run art cafe, this is a wonderful place to spend some quality time in a quiet environment painting pottery and trying your hand at working with clay. You can also enjoy freshly baked waffles while you get crafty.
Wakefield – Crafty Owls Pottery
Be arty at your own crafty party! Crafty Owl Pottery is a fun place to host a pottery painting celebration for kids and adults alike. They also run weekly workshops, so if you fancy a more sociable environment to get creative, sign up, have fun, and make some new friends. www.craftyowlspottery.com
Liverpool – Frankie’s Paint it Pottery
Making pottery painting accessible to all, Frankie’s was created by art enthusiast Frances after returning to Liverpool to care for her mother. She has now opened up a space that is perfect for an artful getaway whenever you need some time for yourself to escape the stresses of the world.
Walsall – Potsy Pamsy
You can come in and paint seven days a week at this creative studio, or pick up a home paint kit. You will receive all the supplies you need to paint your own ceramic and then you can bring it back to be fired.
Sutton Coldfield – Ceramic Coffee
The staff here are all pottery painting enthusiasts and love helping you with your creations. If you’re not sure how to get started, they’ll show you the ropes and provide painting tips throughout your session.
Glasgow – Turning the Pottery
Tucked away in the hippest part of town, you’ll find this pretty pottery painting studio in colorful ‘Hidden Lane’ in Finnieston, surrounded by independent creative shops. There are two floors, one for casual painting and the other for private parties.
Unleash your creativity and try your hand at ceramic painting in this beautiful studio popular with tourists and locals alike. There are hundreds of biscuit items to choose from, ready to embellish. Whether you want to dab, splatter, flick, sponge paint, or draw on your creations, it’s a welcoming place to try out ideas.
A fun, colorful and relaxing paint studio in Ballynahinch Co. Down is a fun place to spend a few hours getting creative. The team also offers a mobile pottery painting service and will bring the supplies to you, whether you fancy having an afternoon of crafting at home or at a location of your choice.
Millisle: the pottery of Eden
A pottery paradise in a scenic location, this cafe specializes in pottery painting using a sponge print technique, making it easy to achieve a professional-looking design without worrying drawing. From bird prints to flowers, there are ideas for everyone.
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