At the Pottery Café, we aim to make your experience as straight-forward as we possibly can. Below, you will find a few answers to those little niggling questions you may have before you paint with us.

If you have any other worries or queries, don’t hesitate to call us at either of our studios, and we will be happy to answer your questions and set your mind at ease!

If you’re not familiar with how the Pottery Café works, it’s easy, honest:

1. Choose an idea and a piece of pottery from our range of beautiful handmade pieces – start thinking now about your design!

2. We’ll get you started – with everything from how to use the paints to how to get the best results from our decorating sponges

3. Have fun – you have two hours to relax and paint, and studio assistants are on hand if you need any extra help.

4. Leave it with us – then come and pick up your items, glazed and fired, usually a week later.

Yes please, it will guarantee you a table especially at the busy times.

There is a £6.99 studio fee per painting person, plus the cost of the pottery you choose.  The available items and their prices can be seen here,

Your pottery has to be hand dipped in glaze, dried, foot wiped and loaded into the kiln. The firing itself then takes a good couple of days before items can be cooled, unloaded, and prepared for collection.  Consequently, you will be quoted a date for collection of your finished item(s) which is normally around a week after your painting session.

We will do our best to have it ready a day or two early, but all we can guarentee is 7 – 10 days – it really does depend how much pottery there is going through the kilns and what time of the year it is! If we have too much ‘queue jumping’, everyone has to wait longer for their pottery because there is only so much room in the kilns, as you can imagine.

You are welcome to take your pottery home with you and bring it back to finish at another time. When you return for another session to finish your item(s) we charge just a half-price studio fee per painter.

All our paints are safe – they are water-based, non-toxic underglazes. And they wash out from clothes too, which is good news!

We are very happy to help with the prints, but we recommend coming on weekdays if possible, when it is generally quieter and we don’t need to rush it!  There may be a small wait during weekends and holidays when the studios are very busy.

We recommend footprints at any age, and handprints from 18 months plus.  Getting a small baby’s handprint is extremely difficult, if not impossible, because they scrunch their little fists up but on the other hand (excuse the pun) you can always get a great little footprint that shows how tiny their feet and toes were, once…!

The studio fee is per painting person, per session, so even if you paint a set of six mugs you only pay the studio fee once.

Unfortunately not, we don’t make them on-site and the designs are precious to us!

Unfortunately they were frequently stolen and some of them were sadly damaged as customers ingeniously converted an E to an F for example! The squeezy pens however, introduced after we stopped making sponge letters, make lettering easy and we always have those available for you.

Unfortunately not – although we love working with children and helping them do their best efforts on their pottery, we aren’t qualified childminders with all the necessary certification and checks for such a responsibility.

Yes you can, but the colours change during firing, and once they’re mixed we can’t guarantee how they will come out, so you may get a surprise!

Unfortunately, the nature of ceramic makes it a volatile material, and items can sometimes crack during firing.  If this happens, we will, of course, issue you with a voucher to the full value of those items so you can come and have a go at decorating a replacement item.  So you see there is a silver lining – you get to have another go!

Whilst studio assistants are always on hand to give advice on how to achieve the effect you want, we are unable to do your painting for you.  We give every customer a thorough demonstration before they start decorating, and our sponges and squeezy pens make it easy to create a great design.  Besides, your handwriting etc. is what makes hand-painted pottery so personal and unique to you!

The nature of your hand painted, hand-dipped pottery means there may be slight colour variations on each item; the hand-made look of your item is what makes it unique!

Absolutely – we have open studios and everyone is welcome!  We often have adults who come in to unwind and relax with some pottery painting whilst enjoying a coffee and slice of cake (or two!).

For detailed information on our Party Deals, please click here.  You may also prefer to come as a ‘standard’ booking and just bring a birthday cake/bottle of bubbly yourself.  Please call the studios directly and speak to a member of staff so together we can work out what booking would be best for you.

We have a café in each studio where hot and cold drinks and a range of snacks, including cakes, cookies, popcorn, nut bars and more are available. You are welcome to bring extras such as a birthday cake or a bottle of bubbly, but please refrain from bringing in hot food such as pizzas, as this affects our other customers.  Additionally, any grease from food that gets onto the pottery can stop the glaze sticking during firing, so please make sure that hands are washed well in between any eating!

Our party deals vary in length of time to suit the attention spans of different ages of children, so extra entertainment is not required.  Entertainment that will disrupt our other customers will not be allowed, and, as you can imagine, bringing a pin͂ata into a place full of fragile pottery is not a good idea!  If you really feel you will need something to entertain those who finish first, then something they can do at the table such as colouring or pass the parcel is best.

We have a private party room available at our Fulham studio, which seats up to 18 painters and costs an extra £50 to hire.  Our main studios can only be booked out if you reach the maximum capacity – please call the studios directly to discuss this.

Believe in yourself, we are all artists!  We will definitely show you the best ways to decorate your pottery – as a hand-made gift, it is always best to do it yourself, with the personal touch!  People always surprise themselves with what they are able to create.  Staff members cannot paint for you during their working hours, but might be able to direct you to someone who may be happy to take a commission.