After our recent visit in February Half Term 2022 – here are our top tips for decorating pottery at the Emma Bridgewater Decorating Studio. If your child is anything like my ten year old boy, he absolutely loves art and crafts and drawing. He has so much creativity inside him and I am so glad that we have found an activity together that we both love, where he can express himself and it doesn’t involve a football.
Although, we have painted footballs and boots on a mug. Of course we have!
George loves to decorate with freedom, have creative control and best of all choose his own pot to paint! But I have to say letting him loose with paintbrushes took some practice, his first creation looked a lot like a big splatter of paint rather than a scene from our memory box. Both are of course OK but the truth is, and lets be honest, it isn’t cheap.
We’ve been decorating pottery at the EB studio since 2016 and have managed to create some really lovely pieces with the help of a few handy tips we have picked up together over the years, and here they are…
5 Tips for Painting Pottery with kids at the Emma Bridgewater Decorating Studio
1. Book a slot in the decorating studio as early as dates are released, they go fast
2. Use the 100’s of sponges to help your children create something fun – there are animals, numbers, letters, seasonal shapes and many more
3. Choose your sponges first as the seasonal ones go fast, then choose your paint. If you need a specific design the team might be able to help create one. The team are really helpful
4. If you need to paint a sky or grass, use the mottling sponges to help create the effect – you’ll find them in one of the ceramic pots
5. Get a second bowl of water, one for your sponges and one for your paint brushes, and don’t forget the paper towel
One question I am asked often is, how much does it cost? On booking a time you will pay a £2.95 studio fee per person, for non painters you must pay the fee to secure your table spot – it will then be deducted from your total bill. The cost of pottery is from £7 upwards. We have painted mugs, plates, a pasta bowl, a breakfast bowl and now a milk bottle. You have so many choices. And all these have ranged from £10-15 (with my studio fee knocked off). George has had so much fun making his own dinner set and is very proud each time a new one is popped in to his cupboard.
And that’s my 5 Tips for Painting Pottery with kids at the Emma Bridgewater Decorating Studio.