Whether you’re a budding Banksy or just like to dabble with a paintbrush it’s so fulfilling putting paint to ceramic and creating a masterpiece for your mantelpiece or kitchen cupboard. All Fired Up is a ceramic café combining the relaxing art of pottery painting with the opportunity to sit back with a coffee and a slab of cake and watch the world go by along a tranquil stretch of Bournemouth town centre.
The venue itself is cosy and primed for lounging with temptingly deep sofas and plenty of trinkets and hand-crafted gifts to browse once you’ve leafed through a thoughtfully placed newspaper or magazine.
When you can no longer resist your artistic leanings, choose a painting table and you’ll be provided with a palette and colour mixing tile, your brushes and water ready to select your canvas.
Now, some people come to All Fired Up all practical-minded. They might want to design a plate or mug, a bowl or egg cup. Perhaps a house number sign, a bedroom door plaque, a set of coasters or even a teapot. Another option is to paint a figurine. With choices from animals to fairies, sea creatures to trinket boxes, there are countless options and opportunities to paint priced from just £5. Just pick what you’re planning to paint (the price is on the bottom), take it back to your table and wait for colour inspiration to strike.
Feed your creativity
Your painting session takes on the laid-back vibe of this place. When you’re ready, you simply saunter up to the shelves and help yourself to the bottles of paint in your chosen colours. Squeeze them into the palette and you’re ready to get to work on your creation! You can take as long as you need to paint your ceramic.
If you’re feeling extra arty you can look at the countless examples on display of how the different shades deepen in colour with every layer of paint you add. You could even get some ideas from the other proud pieces of work on display, fired and finished all ready for their owners to collect.
If you manage to work up an appetite or thirst while designing your piece of art, there are plenty of snacks and beverages on offer including a delicious selection of gluten-free cakes and treats.
When you’re all painted-out, you simply take your creation up to the counter, settle up and leave it in their careful hands ready to be fired and glazed for collection in seven days.
It’s so much fun returning to All Fired Up to be reunited with your proudly painted ceramic. And it’s amazing just how professional even the most amateur dabblings can become once professionally fired in a kiln!
If you’d rather leave the artwork to the professionals but you quite fancy having something made here, All Fired Up takes commissions too – ideal if you want a unique gift to mark a special occasion like a wedding, hen do, special birthday or retirement. For that personal touch, you could plump for a signing plate – take the plate away to a do with a ceramic pencil, get it signed by the whole party and return it to All Fired Up to be traced, decorated and professionally finished as an original keepsake.
They also offer a writing service if you’re worried you might spoil your creation at the last minute by trying to paint on your own inscription! Likewise, if you’ve tried but failed to capture the precious creases of your newborn’s delicate feet or the chubby folds of your toddler’s hand for posterity, they’ll also help you with painted hand prints and clay castings.
Rainy days and birthdays
Kids parties are a real hit here! Not only do they get to take part in a satisfying activity but you can leave all the mess behind too!
If you’ve already got your party venue booked or you’re looking for a novel way to occupy the youngsters at a more formal occasion you could always book an All Fired Up mobile party and have them bring the fun out to you!
If you’re looking for a unique rainy-day activity or a personal gift from the heart, All Fired Up offers a great way to leave a lasting impression. Check out their website and start planning your hand-painted masterpiece today!