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Angry Bird, racing car, or dinosaur? My six-year-old son had a hard time deciding which coin bank to choose to paint, which brings me to my first tip: give yourself more time at Glaze It than you think you will need (keeping in mind that during school holidays, sessions are limited to two hours, so stick with a simpler piece or simpler concept unless you plan to return to finish another time).
At Glaze It Studio, they recommend two hours to transform your ready-to-paint ceramic selection into a custom painted work of art. No artistic experience necessary.
My daughter had a hard time choosing, too; I couldn't blame her with the literally hundreds of pieces. From mugs and plates, to coin banks and trinket boxes, there are pieces for all ages and stages to choose from. I was chatting with one of the owners, and found out that Glaze It is the exclusive importer and wholesaler of ceramic bisque to similar studios across Australia; no wonder they have great selection and variety.
Booking is essential during the school holiday season, and booking duration may be limited to two hours if the studio is busy. To avoid disappointment, call Glaze It in advance and book a table. Please check their website for trading hours.
A table was ready for us when we arrived, with a set of paints and a tile showing the true colour of the paint post-glaze. The studio artists assisting us explained that the glazing and firing process would change the appearance of the colour of the paint significantly. A $7 per painter studio fee covers all of the paints and tools, as well as the glazing and firing. Your piece will be glazed and fired by the staff, and ready for pick up a week after you paint.
I asked what the most common rookie mistakes were, and one of the gals helping us reckons that the main error is not estimating how much time you need to pick and paint your piece; the other being the consistency of painting three layers, every time, to get the look you're hoping for on your piece.
Being a bit OCD myself, I decided to go with a sponge paint, so that it has an inconsistent look on purpose! But on simpler pieces and the kids' pieces it's not that important.
Glaze It offers some unique arty tools for you to play with too, including basic stickers, stencils, scraping tools, and even lace. Ohh la la, some of the lace pottery they had on display looked very intricate and impressive.
Image credit: Glazeit.com.au
My kids and I had an afternoon of unique quality time together. At 4 and 6, I was a bit worried that they would be frustrated or need a lot of assistance from me, but that wasn't the case. They both dove in head first, and the girls working that day were more than helpful and patient with the entire process.
Check the Glaze It Studio website for more information on booking birthday parties (six years old and up), hens' parties, or other private functions. New customers, register here for your 20% discount.
A unique activity with friendly staff and fantastic value for your dollar, I highly recommend Glaze It Studio, and will definitely be returning.