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May 3, 2019

Recently we had been blesses with hen parties galore here in the studio, and one extra big one as out of the studio assignment for lovely Sophie, who is getting married in couple of months' time, and decided to celebrate with her hens in picturesque country house in Torpoint.

Lovely Tasha packed blank coffee cups, paints, brushes and all her knowledge and off she went, returning with box full of wonderful, colourful creations!  

We also made commemorative thumbprint plate with bride's chosen design of their hen party cottage.

February 26, 2019

Last week we had the pleasure to deliver two boxes full of wonderful ceramics to the Mannamead Wellbeing Hub, here in Plymouth, where the staff spent wonderful afternoon painting their own plates and cups!  

Yes, the wonderful Tasha packed all the important components of ClayArt experience into the car and delivered it, and her expertise, to the client's premises, where she helped to create wonderful, relaxing and creative afternoon for those, who care for others. 

The feedback we received was ever so encouraging and we understand that this kind of creative activity was welcome and well received by the client.  

If you feel that something like this would interest your employees, or colleagues, feel free to enquire about available dates at the studio, either in person, via phone (01752 665565) or via email (paint@clayart.co.uk)

Below are some of the photographs taken during the afternoon, showing work in progress.

January 31, 2019

Despite the inclement weather and dropping temperatures, the studio remains busy with stocking up, making handmade slabwork pieces and Tasha keeps the supply of hand thrown bowls going too! 

Of course, because of the temperature the creative process takes a bit longer, but it will be worth the wait. 

And because of the inclement weather and low temperatures, we remain busy hosting birthday parties and hen parties, baby showers and corporate get-togethers!  Thank you, everybody, we appreciate it.

January 14, 2019

Happy New and creative year to all!  It has been a while since we got round writing another blog post, due to being blessed with lots of seasonal custom, for which we are very grateful for!  

One of the more frequent questions of the season was 'Do you sell Gift Vouchers?'

Yes, we do!  They are valid for 12 months (apart from charity donations, which hold their value for six months) and there are values between £5 -£50 to choose from, so we cater for varied budgets.  Vouchers can be picked up from the studio, or paid for over the telephone and posted to your chosen address to make a surprise gift.  

September 12, 2018

It is hard to believe, but it has been 13 months since ClayArt's new owner, Natasha Roberts, took over the studio, and what a fantastic year it has been!  

Full of changes and tinkering, the studio undergone several changes while under the new management - some small but very useful to staff, like brand new waterproof tablecloths, that not only look funky, but hugely speed up the table turn around time, and other large scale ones, like the change of the studio lay out, the fantastic bespoke mural by artist Tony Davies, whose murals grace many a lucky walls all across the South West, our fun rest room, and of course the pottery stock itself is much more varied and in our opinion improved.

The studio is also producing more hand made slab work pieces than ever before, and these are a hit with customers who are looking for hand made, one off pieces that are still left blank for personal touches.

We pride ourselves in providing a peaceful, creative haven in the centre of historical Barbic...

July 27, 2018

In last couple of weeks we had more than our fair share of enquiries and bookings for our bespoke baby keepsake plaques, and this is what really prompted today's blog theme.  Our studio offers choice of clay imprints or plaster of Paris casts.  Both options are our personal favourites, Natasha really loving the work with the plaster casts, while I love the clay imprint plaques. 

So what is the difference between the clay imprint and plaster cast? 

Appearance and size being the most obvious one, as clay cast is made by imprinting hand or foot (or both) into the flat clay surface, resulting in indentations, and hand or foot plaster cast 'sticks out' from the flat surface. 

After the clay imprints are taken, the clay is then dried and fired, and resulting bisque (plain white plaque with hand and foot imprint) is personalised and tinted to customer's specifications.  Then glaze is applied and the plaque returns to the kiln for second firing.  This process takes 7-8 weeks and re...

July 17, 2018

With summer holidays nearly upon us, we had quite a few young customers creating thank you presents to their favourite teachers.  Lovely little pre-school hand prints got crafted into a herd of elephants - one for each teacher, then a wonderful capuccino cup and saucer ended up adorned with a fluffy spaniel, complete with a bunch of paw prints and mini thumbprint puppies, and a whole class of children put their hand to creation of stunning vase, salad bowl and mug set.  These are just a few creations that readily spring to mind while writing this blog post, we were lucky  to receive so many little visitors with gratitude and creativity on their minds. 

At the studio we are taking the full advantage of current heat wave, which makes processing of our wares a bit quicker than usual and our workload more manageable.  With the local language schools still gracing us with their students to create an unique keepsake to take home with them, we are busy and ready for summer holid...

July 5, 2018

It is getting to that time of year when things are really speeding up here at ClayArt, with many of the local language schools bringing their students for creative afternoon with some very English charm added into the mix!  We are hosting painting sessions for the French, Spanish, Bulgarian and even Peruvian students, each one leaving with hand made keepsake to remind them of Plymouth.  Students can choose between plates, mugs, tiles, or bowls to decorate, we glaze and fire them all ready to take home. Below are pictures of some of our group visits, in various stages of finishing.

June 7, 2018

Father's Day is just round the corner and here at the ClayArt studio we are truly amazed to see so many little ones (and not so little ones too) coming along and creating lovely keepsake gifts for their Daddies!  Lucky Dads will be really spoiled with mugs, plates and plaques galore, and it is still time to add a hand made creation of your own to treat your Daddy with.  

New creations are coming out of the kiln with each firing, but below are just a few examples of variety of gifts that are currently being made by our customers. Hope we inspire you to visit us at the historic Barbican and enjoy our ever improving studio. You just don't know how much fun you could be having while creating a truly special and unique gift!

May 17, 2018

We are very happy to announce that major part of our studio update is now finished - the bespoke full wall mural depicting two of  local landmarks, the historic harbour and The Smeaton's Tower lighthouse are gracing our largest wall and looking very stylish!  The mural is one of a kind creation of mural and portrait artist Tony Davies and it was a real joy to watch him paint! We were hoping for theme that is both stylish and local to the Barbican and Plymouth, and we sure got what we asked for and more! The stylish presentation of the studio compliments the quality of funky and varied pottery products available inside and we hope that the enhanced ambience of the studio will encourage even greater creative flair of our clients!  Come along and see us in the heart of the historical Barbican, and be inspired also!

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