Parties for Children
Our pottery studio in Highbury, North London, is available for hire for children’s birthday parties
There are two options:
(i) a painting only party (painting our pre-made pottery pieces)
(ii) a party where you can all make your own pottery from wet clay then we fire them in our kiln for you to pick up a week later.
We do not provide catering but we can make arrangements with our neighbouring cafe to provide sandwiches or other beverages, at additional cost. You are welcome to bring your own cakes and snacks.
Children Parties (2 hours, up to 25 children)
Option 1: Painting ready-made pottery (whole studio)
Price: £19 (per child) for at least 10 children painting. Price includes all costs, including underglazes/paints, stamps, brushes and other materials, staff assistance and kiln firing.
We will close the studio to the public if the party is for more than 10 children or the costs of 10 children are covered. Please let us know if you have any special requirements or requests we can help with.
What happens at a children's Clay Time painting party?
We have had many children's parties at Clay Time and our formula works well for both children and parents.
Roughly the 2 hours are divided in the following way:
The first 15 minutes are for arrival, seating and learning how to paint the pottery. The children then spend up to 60 minutes painting. Around 30 minutes is for blowing out candles, eating birthday cake and other nibbles. The last 15 minutes is spent packing up.
Please note that apart from explaining how to paint the pottery and some general tips, the children are left to do their own art work, we found out the hard way that is what they like to do and what they end up doing. We are happy with this and think it works well. We are, of course, very happy to answer any questions during the painting session.
Option 2: Children painting ready-made pottery (a table for 4 to 10)
Price: The average spend is about £17 per child, but this depends on what they choose to paint.
Instead of booking out the whole studio, why not book a table for your child to paint ceramics with their friends and school mates? You just pay for what you paint.
Option 3: Pottery party (2 hour session with up to 20 children)
Price: £32 (per child) for at least 10 children, covering the costs of both sessions all inclusive, as below.
What happens at a children's Clay Time pottery party?
The children will each have their own wet clay to play or work with, and we will demonstrate how to make a hand built pot such as a coil pot and paint. After building it they will 'raw glaze' it which means they will apply coloured glaze to the wet clay pot and decorate it as they wish. This activity is done sitting down, working on a table. It takes about an hour. Whilst they are busy with that we will take them, in turn, to throw on the potter's wheel and to make a cup or a bowl, guided by our experienced staff. The wheel thrown items will be dipped in a colour of their choice. We dry them and fire all the pieces and you can pick everything up two weeks later.