The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio, Christchurch: Hours, Address, The Clay Studio Reviews: 4.5/5

The Clay Studio
4.5
Paint & Pottery Studios • Coffeehouses
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Paint Your Own Pottery cafe offering a great opportunity to relax in a friendly and helpful environment. Open 5-7 days including late night on Thursdays. Check opening times on our Web site.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Andrew D
Burton, UK25 contributions
Clay Studio.
Aug 2021 • Family
We visited the clay studio for my wife’s birthday. We found it a very relaxing experience, whilst allowing us to exercise our creative sides. The costs were very reasonable and the choice of pottery to paint was extensive. We can’t wait to go back and collect our pieces to see how they turned out. Recommended for everyone, not just for kids, and not just for rainy days.
Written August 8, 2021
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Thank you very much for the review. We thought your pieces looked very good. It is for everyone. We do get kids in too although our profile is predominantly adult. It is a great way to relax after work or at the weekend in a creative, calming environment.
Written August 18, 2021
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James
Barnsley, UK5 contributions
Great afternoon of pottery painting 🎨
Aug 2020 • Family
We have been to the clay studio several times over the years during our family holiday to Christchurch. The staff have gone out of the way to ensure covid 19 safety they have good procedures in place to ensure families remain safe during their visit. They have a fantastic range of pottery to paint and the staff are all to helpful to help and give hints and tips if required. They have a fnaststic selection of good and drink all of which participate on the eat out to help out. The studio is definitely a must during your holidays as it allows you to take a keepsake home to remind you of your time on holidays.
Written August 12, 2020
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It was lovely to see you again and we very pleased that you continue to enjoy The Clay Studio as a family activity. We also acknowledge that you appreciate the work we have put in to make the Studio COVID-19 secure. the changes have worked very well to ensure visitors can enjoy a fun and relaxing experience while remaining safe.
Written September 1, 2020
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AFCBcherries
Bournemouth, UK112 contributions
A great time to be had for all age groups!
Mar 2020
We always used to take our grandchildren to the Clay Studio when they were younger and used to be envious of the enjoyment they got out of it. Now we go without the kids and have a fantastic time. There is nothing more therapeutic than letting your imagination go wild and experimenting with the different techniques and wide range of paints. You can have something to eat or drink while you’re there and spend as long as you like over your creation. Everyone is very friendly and always willing to offer advice when asked. Don’t worry if you’re not artistic, it really doesn’t matter! We would highly recommend The Clay Studio to everyone, whatever your age.
Written March 20, 2020
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Thank you for your review. It sums up exactly what we think The Clay Studio is all about. As you state, it's not about artistic skill, experience or age. All you need is enthusiasm to give it a go and patience. Like all good things, painting pottery takes time. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written March 21, 2020
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Shirley C
Christchurch, UK3 contributions
Really good for the soul !
Mar 2020
We spent 3/4 hours in this relaxing and creative studio. Lunch was fantastic as was cake at tea time. The pottery painting experience was really different - something I've never done before. Planning a return visit with friends very soon
Written March 17, 2020
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Many thanks for your kind words. Pottery panting is all about relaxing so it worked well for you. Your pieces look great too.
Written March 18, 2020
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Zoe W
Bournemouth, UK9 contributions
Chilled out hen do
Aug 2019 • Friends
4 of us visited as a fun, creative and chilled out way to start off a hen do. We were immediately welcomed and informed of how the cafe worked and invited to look at all the pieces we could paint. There were so many options! Once we settled down with our choices, a staff member came over to explain how to paint the pieces. We then had a lovely relaxed afternoon of painting, chatting, eating cake and drinking lovely teas and coffees. The atmosphere in the cafe is very peaceful and it felt like we were welcome to stay as long as we wanted. We are all excited to pick up our pieces in the next few days and thinking about when we can go again to paint our next masterpieces!
Written August 21, 2019
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Thank you for your review. This helps others to understand more about pottery painting. It was lovely to see you and the pieces have turned out really well. It is a really good activity for a hen do as, not only is it relaxing, but you also have something to remember your time here. Breadth of choice and plenty of time to paint are very important so you achieve the best piece you can. We look forward to welcoming you here again.
Written August 22, 2019
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Rebecca H
3 contributions
Perfect for a couples day out
Aug 2019 • Couples
6 stars!!
We would like to say thank you to Martin and his team for such a fantastic experience. As a couple in our 30's we weren't sure if this would be an appropriate day out for us but it was absolutely perfect.
The staff were exceptionally friendly and welcoming. The choice of items to paint was vast, as were the selection of paints and tools. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was so chilled. Whether you've never picked up a paintbrush before or if you are a budding artist, this truly is a great was to spend a day of your holiday.
We'll definitely visit again 👍🏻👍🏻
Thanks
Rebecca and Lewis xx
Written August 1, 2019
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Thank you for your review. This helps people to understand more about painting pottery as a relaxing and fun day out. It is ideal for couples for time to chill out and relax without outside pressures. Pottery painting is also a great bonding experience for couples and families. The dinosaurs look great and will help you put away savings for your next holiday. We have put a picture on our Web site already. Martin
Written August 3, 2019
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Aaron28
Brockenhurst, UK2 contributions
Amazing place and cheaper than therapy
Feb 2019 • Friends
I first went to the clay studio back in September for the first time with a friend and loved every minute of it, since then I go with said friend on a regular basis and have become a member, have made many lovely pieces of pottery and also some amazing gifts too, such a friendly environment, Martin and Mary are always happy to help no matter what the question and are always friendly and welcoming, the hot chocolate deluxe is also a massive favourite and a must try. I also got a gift voucher for my cousin for Christmas and she came with me a couple Sundays ago and loved doing it and loves her pottery piece and can’t wait to go again, would highly recommend this place to chill, paint and have a good time whilst making amazing pottery that you can cherish or give as a gift
Written February 7, 2019
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Many thanks for your review. This helps others to understand more about The Clay Studio and how it is about much more than just painting. You have produced some wonderful pieces including on our recent Workshops. We are looking forward to seeing the final results of the current works-in-progress.
Written February 8, 2019
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Joannah B
2 contributions
22/1/19
Jan 2019 • Friends
This is the best place you can go locally to paint quality pottery. Martin and Mary are brilliant. If you need help they will give you as much as you ask for or they will explain everything and let you get on with it. They are always at hand if you have any problems.

The coffee i think is the best in Christchurch and their cakes and food are delicious, fresh and tasty.

I have come both with my friends and my children and we all love it. Thursday nights are especially good fun as you can paint late and have a glass of wine.

Highly recommend the Clay studio to all

Joannah from Highcliffe
Written January 23, 2019
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Many thanks for submitting your review. Your painting has come on so well since you have been coming to see us. We love to help everyone achieve the best they can by providing appropriate advice for their painting projects. We love the coffee too and are very pleased to serve Verde Coffee.
Written January 24, 2019
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blodwyn2018
Bournemouth, UK9 contributions
Quite disappointing p, yet unecessarily so.
Jan 2019 • Family
Three visits to this place in as many years and each time, the place fell below expectations. The chap seems switched off, busy doing something in a back room and not as available to customers as he needs to be. On the first. Occasion I went, he seemed rather put out to help me, despite the fact that I had two small children. Some training in providing customer service would be an advantage. You want to paint something intricate? Take your own brushes -theirs are old and splayed. The cake is overpriced to boot.
Written January 21, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to do a review. We strive to make a very positive and enjoyable experience for all of our customers and if help is needed that’s fine no problem - we always say this in our pottery painting briefing. For information, once the pottery is painted there is a glazing and firing process. I expect you came on a relatively quiet day and Martin took the opportunity to glaze pottery in our kiln room but a simple alert that you needed help would have sufficed. It’s a shame you took 3 years to inform us to the fact you were unhappy but now you have said please let us know how we can improve on your next visit. Our brushes do get a lot of abuse from young children but they are replaced on a regular basis and if you had brought the fact you were unhappy with the selection on the day we would happily have given you new brushes from our stock. I have however, to object to your comment regarding our food prices. There is so much competition with cafes in Christchurch - we are so reasonably priced and our cake the least expensive last time we checked. We look forward to making your next visit enjoyable.
Written January 23, 2019
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FarAway138708
1 contribution
Lovely place to relax
Nov 2018 • Friends
We are regular visitors and always find it friendly and relaxing with the very best deluxe hot chocolate.
Written November 23, 2018
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Thank you for your review. It is always lovely to see you. We are pleased that The Clay Studio is a great place to relax with friends and family. The Deluxe Hot Chocolate is very popular!
Written November 28, 2018
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