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Crafty Saturday Afternoon!

I had a really unusual afternoon.  I spent it painting pottery at Renaissance Crafts!

Let me elaborate…

I’m a member of meetup.com and one of the groups organised pottery painting near to where I live.  I was fascinated.  I’ve never tried it before.  To be honest I’ve never really fancied it but I thought ‘what the hell, if it is terrible then I never have to do it again!’.  I’ve been trying a lot of new things recently, some of which I’ve enjoyed, some not so much but for me, life is about new experiences.

I love meetup because you get to do things you wouldn’t normally do and meet new people too.  I used to find myself in the position where there were things that I wanted to do but my friends weren’t interested so I’d either end up doing it alone or not at all.  That’s where meetup worked for me.

Anyway, I digress as I’m so often prone to do (this entry is taking twice as long as normal to type because as I’m writing, my cat is nuzzling and dabbing me for fuss!). I was telling you about my afternoon.

The shop was tucked right out of the way and it took about 20 mins to find!  The friend who had volunteered to come with me works in the town but she didn’t know where it was either!  When we eventually got there everybody else was inside.  They were all really chatty and friendly which is always a plus point!

There were shelves of pottery to choose from.
There were shelves of pottery to choose from.

The shop was cute.  There were shelves full of pottery and you got to choose what you wanted to paint.

I had already looked at the website and I knew that I wanted to paint either a puss cat or a Dalek! I couldn’t find a cat so I settled on a Dalek. I was very happy with that indeed!

The tables were well set up with brushes, paints, water to clean your brushes and a plate showing how the colours would look when they had been fired in the kiln.  You could also buy teas, coffees and snacks too which was great.  Prices of the pottery ranged from around £5 to £20ish for the bigger pieces.

....before I got to work on him!
….before I got to work on him!

It is great fun and very absorbing.  I concentrated so hard on my multi-coloured Dalek (Donald) although there was plenty of time for conversation and giggles! All in all, I had a fantastic afternoon.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m glad I gave it a go.  It was great to meet new people and I loved the painting.  What a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon!  I’d definitely do it again.

Well set up with all that you need for a fun afternoon!
Well set up with all that you need for a fun afternoon!
How the colours will look when they are fired in the kiln
How the colours will look when they are fired in the kiln
Donald is taking shape!
Donald is taking shape!
Ready for the kiln!
Ready for the kiln!
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