Ceramic Painting Fun at Artopia ...
Step 1: Select a ceramic piece to paint.
Artopia carries a variety of pottery designs and we add new shapes regularly. We also stock special occasion pieces at Valentines, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Whether you’re looking for kitchenware, dinnerware, a vase, a ballerina, a hockey mug or a pet dish, we’ve got all sizes and shapes of pottery to choose from. When you’ve selected a piece, our staff will help you get started painting.
Step 2: The creative process.
Bring an idea from home or design as your mood dictates. Use "google" here at our inspiration centre, or at home and find something you'd like to paint. Print it off or bring a copy with you. If you don't want to use freehand, we'll provide tracing paper and you can use our special Lightbox to trace your artwork. Please note that all pencil marks burn off in the kiln. If this is your first visit, we'll walk you through the various techniques and provide you with what you need ... from stencils, sponges, dot painters or any other available tools to help you create your masterpiece.
Step 3: Choose your colours.
We have over 70 non-toxic, lead-free colours including Speckles and Pottery Glazes to choose. Because the paint changes colour in the kiln firing process, (this is what happens in the kiln when it's close to 2000 degrees!l) we have a painted tile wall to show you what the colour will look like once it has been fired.
Step 4: Start your engines - get painting.
Use as much paint as you like, and stay as long as you wish - it’s all included in the price of your pottery piece. If you don't finish in one sitting, that's ok, you can leave it with us and come back and finish it later. There is no additional cost.
Step 5: When you are done, we'll fire it!
When you're happy with your painted masterpiece, we'll dip it in a clear glaze after you leave and we'll fire it in our kiln and have it ready for you to pick up in a few days. The clear glaze makes your piece food safe.
Step 6: Pick up your finished piece.
You're fired piece will be ready to pick up in 5 to 7 days. Take it home and enjoy.