We are in double figures of blogmas now, and I hope you’re all still with me. Today’s post is my first that touches upon a Christmas tradition. Each year, me and the gorgeous girls I used to work with at Faith Shoes, head to a pottery painting night.
This is one of my favourite nights in December. It has really helped me in previous years to overcome tough times. It’s brought us together to have a chilled and calming night, in a busy season. And it’s undeniably cute, as some of the things you can paint are so sweet!
This is the 3rd year we have visited Charley’s Ceramics at Christmas. It all started when one of the girls took her little boy, to get a print of his hand prints. During the week and weekend it is a really popular destination for families to go to, and create keepsakes.
It is open all year round, but creating a Christmas keepsake is very popular. Our evenings that we book on to is for adults. It’s always booked up with groups of ladies that have come to have a relaxing evening with friends.
You can bring along your own drinks and snacks. You can see the odd bottles of wine dotted around. But, you can also order bits from there. They serve up great coffees and hot chocolates, toasties and pancakes. Our tradition is to order some of these.
Choosing what to paint
There’s honestly so much choice in what you can paint. There is the Christmas items to choose from, and all year round items. We choose a Christmas item, obviously. Over the years I’ve painted some baubles, and a mug. So this year I wanted something different. One of the girls painted a nativity set, which was fantastic. The other gals chose a mug, and the Let It Snow sign. Both turned out so pretty.
This year I opted for the small Santa plate. It will look so cute at home with a little Christmas cupcake on it, or you know, Santa’s Mince Pie on Christmas Eve.
I did go none traditional with this one, this year though. The millennial pink colours were calling to me, so I went with them.
Once all the items are painted, you then have to leave them there, and they’re put in the kiln. They’re glazed, dried and baked, and come out all shiny and bold.
Good Bits To Know
I’m sure there are a lot of places around that offer evenings like this, and I couldn’t recommend them enough. Charley’s Ceramics is located on the Wirral, on the Ellesmere Port waterways. It’s only 5 minutes from Cheshire Oaks, and is a lovely location.
To book on to the evening costs £5. Then extra charges on the night depend on food or drinks that you order, and what you decide to paint.
Choose bold colours, these will show up great on your items. You have to paint the item down first with water, to remove any dust. Then from there, head straight in with your colours.
I’ve said it a few times already, but it really is a lovely evening. Me and the girls just sit, relax and unwind. We’re chatting away, but then can sit in silence and just enjoy the therapeutics of the painting. I look forward to continuing this tradition in years to come.
Have you ever been to anything like this? Do you have traditions with your friends each year?