A friend of mine recently recommended Pottery Garden Mobile Pottery Painting down in Chalfont St. Giles as she’s tried them a couple of times. I love stuff like this and, at the moment, crafts that you can do at home with the kids feels like a very good option to have! There are a couple of ways that you can have a go at mobile pottery painting – parties or paint at home kits. All of the details of the parties are on their website. We were very kindly gifted a large paint at home kit and 4 bisques (Nothing to do with lobsters btw!!).
Although we were gifted a mobile pottery painting kit to try at home, The Pottery Garden did not have any input in this review and did not see the contents before it was published.
The paint at home kit
Before our kit arrived we had a look through the massive catalogue of bisques to see what we’d like to try. There are so many different options available, they also do special seasonal items, including a Halloween range. Biggest Child chose a dragon, Middle Child a penguin, Smallest Child a fairy door and I had a plate. Once they arrived I decided that the fairy door was just too beautiful for Smallest Child to get her grubby mitts on so I did that one instead!
The kit included everything we needed to paint pottery at home. There’s loads of brushes, bowls, sponge, sandpaper, lots of different paints and instructions. They were really easy to follow. Even for me who hasn’t done pottery painting since I was in school. That was a VERY long time ago now! I think the most useful bit was the colour guide. The paints themselves end up a much stronger shade once they’ve been fired so it’s handy to be able to see what you’ll actually end up with.
Painting the pottery
The actual painting itself was incredibly easy. One word of caution though – when it comes to the paint, a little goes a long way. One of the children may have been a little bit over-eager when it came to squirting the paint into the tray! I’m not saying who (Biggest Child!). It’s definitely better to put a small amount in the tray and top-up if needed, particularly if you’re doing this with younger children.
It took the boys about 20 minutes or so to paint their bisques, but they both had fairly simple designs. It took me quite a bit longer to do my fair door. I wanted it to look good though. I’m not saying it’s the best of the four designs… but it is!!! I now kind of want to fill my house with little fairy doors.
Smallest Child (3) had a brilliant time doing her plate. Yes, it has a certain Jackson Pollock feel to it, but she really enjoyed painting it. Normally her master pieces end up a mass of varying shades of brown, so I was really impressed she listened to the instruction not to mix the paint colours.
Delivery and collection
The Pottery Garden mobile pottery painting is based in Chalfont St Giles and they will deliver within a 10 mile radius. Other locations can be negotiated. They’ll drop the kit off to you, which you can have for up to 7 days. Someone will then collect the kit and your finished pieces and deliver them once they’ve been glazed and fired. There’s also the option to collect if you would prefer.
The photos that I’ve shared with you today are the pre-glazes, unfired versions. I’ll pop up some photos once we’ve had them back. I genuinely cannot wait to see how they turn out!
A large kit has a £20 deposit, but that’s refunded once the kit is collected. You only have to pay for the bisques. The prices for these vary. The fairy door was £10, the plate was £12 and the penguin and dragon were both £9 each. I think they are all really good value for money.
Pottery Garden Mobile Pottery Painting Review
I know that there are places where you can paint pottery on-site, but I also really like the idea of these at home kits. It’s great to have either for an event or maybe have at home for the school holidays. You can then have the flexibility of doing it whenever the time is right (or the weather is bad!). We decided to do ours today because the boys were both feeling a little bit under the weather. It was nice to have something to do together to take their mind off things, without just sitting in front of the TV.
All three of the kids have asked if they can do it again – which is always great to hear. Obviously, the older the child the more likely it is that you’ll get something you will genuinely treasure forever. We could have done handprints or footprints with Smallest Child if we wanted to. I did like the idea of her being able to paint herself, just like the boys had. The beauty of these kits is that you can do whatever you want.
If you live a bit too far away, but love doing crafts with the kids, have a look at the crafts and activities section of the website.
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