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The Paint Your Own Pottery Process


From blank to beautiful; paint your own pottery magic!

Painting your own pottery is a creative and enjoyable experience that allows you to personalize pottery pieces and create beautiful, functional art. It's popular for various occasions, such as birthdays, group events, and family outings. Paint your own pottery and transform blank bisqueware into personalized masterpieces. You can choose your own colours and design patterns, and let your creativity flow as you paint. Once you've painted your piece, your artwork is fired, bringing your creation to life with vibrant colours and a glossy finish. It's a fun, creative and crafty experience perfect for unleashing your artistic side, creating memorable gifts, or enjoying quality time with friends and family.

Step 1: Take a quality piece of once-fired earthenware (also known as bisque, or bisqueware.) Bisqueware refers to pottery that has been fired once in a kiln, making it ready to be painted and glazed. We have lots of designs available in our bisque range including mugs, bowls, plates, collectibles, money banks, lanterns and much more.



Step 2: Decide on the colours and design you want to create. You can sketch your design on paper beforehand if you prefer- use brushes or sponges to apply the ceramic paints onto the bisqueware. You can layer colours or create intricate patterns.
Paint three coats of non-toxic Gare Fun Strokes or Duncan Concepts underglaze and leave to dry between each coat of paint. (Drying times can vary based on the thickness of the paint and the studio's conditions.)



Step 3: Finally, add a glossy finish with one of our three clear glazes which can be applied by brushing on or dip coating the piece. This step is optional, but recommended if you want a finished, shiny appearance. Fire in a ceramic kiln and see the beautiful results- the high temperature of the kiln transforms the glaze into a glass-like coating, sealing the paint and enhancing the colours.


If you would like more information on the paint your own pottery process or if you are interested in opening a painting pottery studio or paint your own ceramics café, don't hesitate to get in touch with the team and we'll be happy to help!

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Or give us a call: 01782 319435.

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