Fired! Ceramic Cafe is a paint-your-own-pottery studio situated in central Joondalup. It’s a great place to have fun and relax while you paint your own pottery and enjoy a coffee with family and friends.
I took along Miss 4 and Miss Almost 2 during the October school holidays to create their own works of art. I would recommend making in a booking in advance via telephone as the pottery café is very popular particularly around peak times of year such as Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, School holidays etc.
So how does it work?
First you select your unpainted pottery item from the wide range that is on display on shelves in the cafe. You have to keep an eye on little people as the pieces are within easy reach and all breakages must be paid for. The old phrase “Bull in a China Shop” springs to mind when talking about Miss Almost 2 and I didn’t want that to become a reality so I kept I tight grip on her hand as we perused the shelves.
Prices range from $7 for a simple tile to $30 for a large cat trinket box. There are so many items to choose from you’ll find it hard to make your selection. There are the traditional plates, mugs and coasters which are great for creating that special keepsake of your baby’s hand and foot prints. For the kids you’ll find an abundance of animals, door hangers and money boxes to name just a few. Miss 4 selected herself a star themed mug ($16) and I choose a tile for Miss Almost 2 ($7).
After choosing your piece you are ready to get painting. A $5 per painter studio fee is charged and that covers all your paints and firing of the finished piece. You’ll find a full selection of paints conveniently laid out on your table complete with paint palettes and varying types of brushes and sponges.
All the paints are non-toxic and washable which was a good job as Miss Almost 2 was covered in paint by the end of the session. I think there was more paint on her than the finished piece!
The paints are numbered and displayed on a glazed plate that has samples of each paint colour around the edge so you can see what it will look like once it has been fired. So select your paints, squirt them into your paint palette and get painting! Don’t forget to order your coffee too as all this painting is very thirsty work!
There are plenty of high chairs available at Fired Ceramic Cafe for little people to use so that they will come up to the right height at the table thus finding painting easier.
If you have a child that isn’t at the painting stage yet you can pop them into the play pen area that the Café provides and they should be more than happy to play with the selection of toys on offer leaving you to paint in peace.There is a microwave available should you need to heat up any baby food that you may have brought with you.
The staff at Fired! Ceramic Café are very friendly and are constantly on hand to answer any questions or give you a hand if needed. Although it advertises itself as a café you won’t find a great selection of food on offer. The menu is limited to a range of teas, coffees, soft drinks and milkshakes. The only food available is raison toast, cake of the day and a selection of cookies.
Once you have finished painting your piece head over to the counter and hand it over to a member of staff for it to be fired in the kiln. This process usually takes about a week and you’ll receive a text message reminder when it is ready to be collected. Very helpful!
If you fancy your hand at painting your own pottery without the kids in tow, Fired! Ceramic Café run ‘Paint in Peace’ evenings which take place every first Thursday of the month 7pm – 9pm. It sounds like a great night out for the girls. You can even bring along your own wine and nibbles, just don’t forget your wine glasses as the venue cannot provide them.
Fired! Ceramic Café also hosts painting parties and group sessions for all ages. Parties are for a minimum of 8 painters and start at $21 per head which includes all paints, equipment and a choice of ceramics from the party range for each guest to paint.
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