The Clay Studio

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

The Clay Studio
4.5
Paint & Pottery Studios • Coffee Shops
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10:00 AM - 5:00 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
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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.
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Liliya
Bournemouth, UK1 contribution
Apr 2022
Really upset with the last visit! Me, my husband an our son visited the studio and wanted to paint an item together. We were told that this is not allowed and we have to buy at least two items (at least £15 each) and pay two studio fees (approx £5 each). We really wanted to do a family project, there was no point in one adult doing their own. Tried to explain but staff seemed to not care. So we were told we need to share the fee for not following above rules which is £15 pounds and that would be it. In the end we were charged this fee AND studio fee. overall we paid £35 for one small piggy to paint but what is more important, we had completely spoiled mood.
No personal/ customer centered attitude in this place.
Written 27 April 2022
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Many thanks for your review. We are sorry that you do not understand how The Clay Studio works. We are a predominantly adult relaxation activity, ideal for a few hours of calm. However, it is also great for children who have a good attention span. It is wonderful activity to undertake as a family as it is something that children can undertake alongside adults. Unlike other family attractions we allow one non-participant (non-painter) per booking. This is partly for safety reasons and out of consideration for other visitors but also to ensure that those wishing to paint are not turned away when we have seats occupied by non-painters. We prefer this approach to changing an entry fee to every person which is the other option as chosen by other family activities such as cinemas, theme parks, etc. We are only a small business and we are frequently operating at full or close to full capacity so we cannot accommodate additional non-painters. A large number of non-painters would require us to charge higher prices to those painting which would be unfair. Usually everyone is painting in their own right. I have noted that you chose a small, low-priced piece to paint. Clearly, this is OK for one person but we had two non-participants not painting their own piece. During the booking process you are told three times that we allow one non-painter per booking (a painter is defined as painting a piece in their own right). Therefore, you paid a child Studio Fee of £3.50 and the price of the piece. One non-painter was admitted at no charge. The other non-painter was charged the minimum painting price (Studio Fee plus the lowest-priced piece) of £15 and you could have painted this piece too without any additional costs. You were charged considerably less that we would normally expect from three people painting. We do also state when booking that there is another option should you wish to have several people painting one piece or you wish to have “spectators”. We have a paint-at-home option where you can purchase your piece and paints, collect from us and then return for glazing and firing. We trust this makes things clear. We are an honest, long-established business and we are very transparent about our cost structure. All our prices and conditions are clear on our Web site and when booking. You were charged correctly in line with our published costs and conditions.
Written 6 May 2022
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julia123
20 contributions
Nov 2021
I Must firstly say" I found very OVERPRICED" Very expensive... Has to be said..
BUT, That being said, The reason I gave 5* Is because Martin and others were very helpful and nice and polite and could not do enough to help! And the coffee was lovely and tasty.. All went well.. If you do not mind the prices.. They really need to come down a few pounds on all the pottery items..
Written 4 December 2021
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Hi Julia We are very pleased you enjoyed yourself at The Clay Studio. We are always try to be friendly and relaxing. As far as the costs are concerned we keep the prices as affordable as we can but we do have to pay our bills and the taxman so prices are determined by this. There is a wide range of prices so there is something for all budgets and the is no time limit on how long you can stay painting at The Clay Studio. Furthermore, all our prices including the 450+ pieces available for painting are shown on the Web site so you can know all the costs before booking your table to paint. We believe we are good value compared with other leisure activities (and many people have told us this) if you follow the guidelines given by our staff and take your time planning and painting for maximum relaxation over a few hours.
Written 14 December 2021
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1993travell
Solihull, UK40 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
I had organised a day at the Clay Studio for my friends hen party. The booking was made so easy by Martin and he had suggested using the private room for our party which worked out great. On arrival we saw that the room had been decorated with Hen Party banners which was a lovely touch.

The selection of pottery to paint was unbelievable and the team at the cafe helped and advised us on paints, techniques etc before we got started. Drinks and cakes were ordered throughout and were delicious too.

Couldn’t recommend this any higher. A great opportunity to get creative and relax with friends!
Written 29 September 2021
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Thank you very much for your review. This helps others to understand more about the pottery painting experience. We always enjoy hen parties too. The pieces look very good and we are looking forward to them coming out of the kiln. I think there are a few dogs that are eagerly anticipating their new personalised bowls!
Written 30 September 2021
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Andrew D
Burton, UK25 contributions
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 8 August 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 18 August 2021
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James
Barnsley, UK5 contributions
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 12 August 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 1 September 2020
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AFCBcherries
Bournemouth, UK113 contributions
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 20 March 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 21 March 2020
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Shirley C
Christchurch, UK7 contributions
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 17 March 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 18 March 2020
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Zoe W
Bournemouth, UK9 contributions
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 21 August 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 22 August 2019
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Rebecca H
3 contributions
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 1 August 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 3 August 2019
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Aaron28
Brockenhurst, UK2 contributions
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 7 February 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 8 February 2019
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The Clay Studio is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wed - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 - 22:00
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 17:30