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...
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.
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!
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!
For those special times in our lives ClayArt offers bespoke commission service, allowing you to truly personalise any piece of blank pottery into unique and truly beautiful gift without getting your hands dirty with paint! Our in-house artist, Zuzana, creates bespoke wedding, christening, or leaving presents, incorporating minute details into the design, all according to your specifications and preference. All we ask for is detailed brief and withing 2 weeks your design will be created, painted, glazed and fired.
Zuzana's full portfolio of past commissions is available to view in the Studio, where we are more than happy to discuss your needs and ideas.
So if you have a special occasion coming up this year, and you'd love to gift something truly unique, why not consider ClayArt?
Some examples of Zuzana's commissions are shown below. Hope you enjoy them.
Perhaps you are aware that ClayArt has 'out of the studio' jaunts too, where we assist with art projects pupils from several local schools have in their curriculum. Ranging from Clarice Cliff to Ancient Greece, we assist the children with re-creating their ideas in form of a plate, which we glaze and fire and bring back for them. As our paints are non toxic and the glaze finish is safe for food serving, their interpretation of the subject can be actually used every day, or put on display, depending family's personal preferences. Photographs below show examples from project on Clarice Cliff and we think that they are awesome!
It was so sad to take our wonderful Christmas decorations down, and after a new year tidy up the studio looked sparkling, if only a little bit bare round the edges. The only consolation was, that The Valentine's Day will be here soon enough and it will be good enough excuse to hang more decorations up again!
Tasha, the studio owner, was very busy this week crafting, hanging and tinkering with decorations and the studio is looking cosy again! Also, as we work with raw clay as well as first fire bisque pottery, our first batch of big and small love heart plaques came out of the kiln looking snowy white and tempting and we just had to decorate one of the plaques ourselves! The photograph below shows the big love heart plaque being decorated and includes felt tip marker lines that will burn off in the kiln during the second firing.
So if you are hoping to gift a personalised Valentine's Day present, come along to the Studio on the Barbican and create something unique, that main...
For those who took advantage of our seasonal raw clay workshop this autumn, their time and efforts had paid off and everybody ended up with a glut of beautiful and unique Christmas decorations that are ready to be hung on their trees any day now! We were very excited about this 2-stage event, which included working with raw clay, shaping it, cutting it, painting it and now is the time to enjoy all creativity and fun that got into creating these truly personal and close to the heart pieces. We're hoping to host more of these events next year, so if you perhaps feel that this is something you would like to take part in, together with your family or friends, keep an eye on our website!
Here at ClayArt we love the Christmas time so much, that we couldn't wait any longer to deck our studio in jolly Christmas decorations! Our wonderful Christmas ware is overflowing into the window display and mingling gracefully with already painted and glazed pieces - which, by the way, are all for sale! Come and see what we had done so far, more to be added in December!
The ClayArt studio on the Barbican, Plymouth, is THE place to have your pet's paw print done, folks! You can choose between clay imprint or plaster cast. Both options look handsome and both are hand finished to very high standards, following customer's specifications. And with every animal plaque created we donate 10% of the value to The Woodside Animal Welfare Trust, whose staff care for so many pets until they find their new forever home.