The first time I visited Robert Gordon Pottery Factory Outlet it was a bit of an accident. I had been op-shopping at the local Salvo's and when I was going home I decided to take a different road. At the end of this road there seemed to be nothing but dusty fields, factories and a tiny old sign that said 'Robert Gordon Pottery'.
From the outside of the factory outlet which looked like a large khaki shed with a tiny little shop at the front, I had fears that it would only sell the type of pottery that was thick and earthenware with brown thick writing, of which I had already seen a large selection of inside the op-shop I had visited five minutes before.
However once inside their door, instead of piles of tacky seventies retro, there was the most beautiful selections of pottery in a decidedly more shabby chic style. From the funky umbrellas hanging on the ceiling, to the new fangled kitchen goods right at the front, floral tea sets and the quirky pottery saying "Keep calm and bake", I knew I had found my new spiritual pottery home. As this is a factory outlet there are also some items which are discounted, which always thrills my budget-driven heart. Alas not everything is discounted, but it's so pretty it makes up for the full price.
The good thing about this store is that it also has a tiny little cafe attached so that you can have a break and muffin or a hot chocolate while you peruse your purchases. But the best thing about this store is that you can buy and paint your own pottery. This is a great activity for children, especially children's birthday parties. Although, I also feel a great activity for adults as well... and I am pretty sure that next time I will be forcing my husband to join me in painting up a pretty plate, popcorn container or money box. I haven't decided which yet.
They have special deals for children's parties where they get to paint an object and get some lollies and a drink, which to be frank if you are organising a children's party you want to do as little as you can, while they get the most amount of fun, so I can see a definite benefit there.