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by May (subscribe)
Typical Gemini, with the concentration span of a gnat & not one for sitting still. My old Da used to say that "you're a long time dead". So my mantra is get busy living.Please join me for more at
Published June 20th 2022
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Colour My Pot, the Paint Your Own Pottery Studio in Cleveland, is another family business that has withstood the restrictions of the pandemic by implementing new and creative initiatives. I've covered many of these previously: tutorials over the internet to create clay tea light holders shaped like poppies for ANZAC Day, and kits to paint at home during the worst of lockdown.

Seven years since operations began in the Middle Street studio, the premises have grown to include a designated Party Room which doubled as an area for 'Working With Clay' classes. An ever-expanding range of workshops dealing with both paint and clay, such as the popular mandala and Harry Potter painting classes, have encouraged a regular band of creative clientele. The school holiday workshops are always popular.

Paint Your Own Pottery has recently expanded to meet the needs of the growing number of dedicated clay enthusiasts with a designated area, affectionately known as The Mud Club. It is a studio area available to customers who would like to work on clay projects independently.

Clay enthusiasts are required to complete an Introductory Course, which will then allow them to use the space, tools and equipment during opening hours.

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The Mud Club

Clients then purchase clay from the Mud Club and start creating their own pieces. It's just amazing what can be achieved using just your hands, a piece of clay, and a dash of imagination.

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Love these platters!

As a Mud Club Member, you get your own (named) shelf space to store your works of art, whether they be tea cups, gravy boats, garden gnomes or serving plates. This space is perfect for allowing the drying of all pieces slowly before they are fired in the studio kilns. Members can also enjoy reduced rates for classes as well as be guided by an experienced team.

Never had the opportunity to play with clay? Here's a list of scheduled clay workshops for the rest of the year to give you a chance to experience the process.

I failed all the Domestic Science subjects as well as Art at school and treat clay work a bit like gardening. Getting your hands dirty and moulding shapes is both rewarding and nurturing, similar to potting plants.

For further information about The Mud Club contact Colour My Pot on 07 3134 2164 or go here, where you will also see all the coming painting and clay workshops.

Colour My Pot is located at 6/39 Middle Street, Cleveland, easy walking distance from the Railway Station and Bus Stops, with ample street parking.

School Term
Tue to Fri 10am to 2pm
Sat 10am to 4pm
School Holidays
Mon to Sat 10am to 4pm

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My first clay attempt is still in use, three years on

And remember: "Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." - Mary Lou Cook
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Why? Creativity soothes the soul and is better than housework.
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Phone: 07 3134 2164
Where: 6/39 Middle Street, Cleveland
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Well done May, I have worked with clay too over the years. Getting creative; having a few laughs with others and sharing the love of an art is so rewarding .
by Susan J Bowes (score: 3|2590) 11 days ago
Thanks for sharing May - sounds lots of fun and creative too. Marina
by Marina Marangos (score: 3|1155) 9 days ago
I would love to do this. Did you find that you needed artistic skills May?
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|4850) 10 days ago
Gillian, it is amazing what can be achieved by all levels. Even the clay workshops for children have them creating fun items. You should give it a go - I totally lack artistic skills but have enjoyed playing with mud. My gravy boat works well ans is the source of much conversation over a roast dinner. :)
by May (score: 2|874) 10 days ago
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