|A potter in the studio...|
Upon announcing my plans for a trip to Poole, a very good friend and fellow blogger Charlie, of Charlie Distracted proclaimed that I simply must visit Poole Pottery. Always good for a recommendation, I decided to follow her lead and venture to the place where I too could paint my very own piece of pottery.
|My husband painting his plate...|
Inside the treasure trove that is Poole Pottery, full of every cooking thing and tableware item you could ever fancy, there's a studio where people of all ages can pick a piece to make their own. The pieces range in price with most around the £10 or £20 mark and there's a choice between pieces that are finished in 30 minutes and those that must be glazed and kiln fired, which require a few days. No worries if you're not hanging around… For £8, they'll ship your first piece to you in the UK and it's only £2 for any additional pieces. To give you an idea, my husband painted a small plate and I painted a spoon rest. We had them both shipped as well and our total was £28 - totally worth it for a good old fashioned hour of fun and a keepsake from our trip.
|A masterpiece in progress...|
All the paints are provided along with aprons if you prefer, plenty of paper towels, water for cleaning brushes, palettes and a selection of brushes… All you need to bring with you is your creativity.
|The finished product...|
The pieces are quite pastel when you paint them, yet after the glazing and kiln firing, they get darker and/or brighter. When I finished painting my piece it was a light, periwinkle blue, but it actually finished as a dark navy blue. I was aiming for something that had an Anthropologie feel to it and though I don't think they'll be knocking down my door anytime soon to offer me a job as a spoon rest painter, I'm very pleased with the finished product. This little work of art currently resides on my stovetop and goes beautifully with my other kitchen goodies.
|Signed by the artist...|
Poole Pottery is located on Poole Quay. For more information about visiting to to shop the selection of Poole Pottery available online, visit the website by clicking here.