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March 20, 2018

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.

February 9, 2018

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!

January 25, 2018

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...

November 26, 2017

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!

November 20, 2017

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!

October 29, 2017

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. 

October 21, 2017

The Christmas time is almost here, and our Christmas display is bursting at it's seams with lots and lots of new Yuletide characters to be painted up and gifted ( to others or yourself!).  We think we have something for everyone - classic and character baubles and ornaments, word plaques, tea light holders, Santa and reindeer, snowmen and robins, gingerbread men and ladies, penguins and Christmas trees! Not to forget the festive trinket dishes, character bowls and mugs, which are just perfect for the hot chocolate with marshmallows and extra sprinkles on top!  Some of our ornaments are hand made on premises, something which we haven't done in the past, but it sure is satisfying to see them being picked and painted.  

October 7, 2017

Over last couple of weeks we've been gradually updating and changing our studio image and layout, and judging by the positive feedback of our customers, we are moving very much in the right direction!

It all started with new tablecloths, then we moved the counter and gained much needed easy access to the workshop part of the studio, followed by new addition of much needed wrapping desk with easy access to bubble wrap, sticky tape and scissors!

We are very glad that all these changes are noticed and approved of by our visitors, but what gets most comments, exclamations and smiles, is the smallest of the rooms - our bathroom!  With all those funky tiles, now proudly decorating our loo walls, it sure is a talking point!

We plan to continue with improvements to the studio to create relaxing, yet contemporary space to come and relax with your family and friends.

September 25, 2017

The Autumn is officially here, and so is our seasonal Halloween collection of nicely spooky ornaments! We have cats and frogs, pumpkins and zombies, gnomes and warlocks and a fabulous Boo! sign to really get you into the atmosphere of long evenings and cosy nights in! 

September 1, 2017

Can you believe that Autumn, along with all its crispy cold, sunny, wood-smokey, ginger coloured days will soon be upon us?! ...Maybe time to start thinking of Halloween and Christmas activities... YAY we can't wait!

Possible gift ideas please we hear you cry....well you could always give ClayArt vouchers or book in a surprise session. A perfect pre-Christmas outing for you and your friends or family to make your own presents?? Clever, original and memory making all in one gift! Yes ...you're welcome ;-) 

The image below is one form our Winter archives but we LOVE the idea ...genius.

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