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29 January 2013

Potz Ceramic Studio - Family Fun

Situated within Billing Garden Village, Potz Ceramic Studio is the perfect place for some creative fun in a warm and friendly environment. A wet weekend afternoon we headed to the centre for a plate painting experience, despite our lack of artistic talent!

We were seated without delay and shown the large variety of pots, cups, money boxes and more that were available to decorate, settling on two different styles of plates between the four of us. 
The member of staff was always close by to offer assistance and he explained that we would need several coats of paint for the best finish, that there were a variety of paint pens and stamps that we could use too and that the different shades of paints were all on the brush pot so we could see how each would turn out. He also offered complimentary drinks.

We all set to work decorating our pieces with the large selection of brushes and 18 paints on our bench. The ceramic tiles were really handy and helped to prevent wasted paint with small indentations for the colours you require to go in. I decided to draw Spartan, our Border Collie, on mine and the Mini Mes did bats and flowers with the stamps while the Mr decided on a beach scene after attempting a motorbike unsuccessfully and painting over it!

We were in the studio for around 90 minutes and we had a lovely time comparing our masterpieces as we made them. It was quite a pleasant, relaxing experience. 
I was surprisingly pleased that mine actually looked like an animal as I don't really have any skill when it comes to drawing at all! We painted our names on the reverse of our creations and handed them in to be glazed and put in the kiln. We were given a receipt and told we would be able to collect our plates the following weekend which we did...

The final result was great, they were smooth and shiny and the colours had all brightened such a lot. We gave them a quick wash when we returned home and had lunch on them, they were easy to clean afterwards too and stacked nicely away with the rest of our dinner set.

The plates we created were £9 for each bisque and the studio time for each of us was £4.50. This is quite an expensive activity but considering we all had a plate to take home that we can use on a daily basis it doesn't seem as costly. We enjoyed our visit and would go again.

Apart from plate decorating you can have a party at Potz, have your child or pets hand, feet or paw prints done or even have a go at Decopatch.  There are a lot of options available with budgets to suit all.

*We received studio time and plates for the purpose of this review. The opinions given are honest and our own*

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