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Guides and Brownies

We are always pleased to welcome groups of brownies and guides to our lovely studio here in Shaw Heath.

 

Call us today to talk about bringing your group to Brooklyn, or about us bringing painting resources to your venue for you to paint there.

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Looking for something different for your Christmas Do this year?

Why not arrange an after work Christmas painting session for your colleagues at Brooklyn Pottery in Shaw Heath?

Relax and chat to your friends and colleagues while you create something special for Christmas.   You might even want to make this your Secret Santa this year, by painting a mug or Christmas decoration for someone else.

You are welcome to bring your own wine and food, or we can order delicious pizza in for you.

Email us at:   info@brooklynpottery.co.uk    We will be happy to talk to you about times and availability.

 

 

 

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Paint early for Christmas

It’s never too early to paint for Christmas, in fact it’s a good idea to paint early so join us soon at Brooklyn to create your Christmas 2017 Masterpiece.

Whether it’s footprints with your new baby or a gift for Granny, you will find lots to choose from at Brooklyn and we pride ourselves on purse friendly prices too.

We have plenty of availability at present, but we do get very busy as the festive season approaches, so we would advise you to book early to avoid disappointment, particularly if you are planning to visit with a group of friends.  We are quieter on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays than we are at weekends, and we are always happy to offer help and advice.

 

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Xmas Painting Late Nights

We are delighted to announce our Mulled Wine and Mince Pie evenings are coming soon!
Book your table on Wednesday 29 November or Wednesday 6 December and join in the festive fun

We are staying open until 8.30 pm – so leave the children behind and enjoy some “me time” and get into the Christmas spirit!

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How it works

Brooklyn is a special ceramic painting studio for all the family.  Enjoy a cup of tea or indulge yourself with one of our lovely cookies and a delicious Illy coffee.

We look forward to welcoming you, as you relax in a family friendly environment and choose from a range of over 200 pieces of pottery to paint.  It’s easy for anyone to create their own masterpiece for the home or to personalise as a unique gift for someone special.

We have a great selection of quality pottery pieces ready for you to paint including: plates, mugs, trinket boxes and money boxes, dog bowls, New Baby keepsakes, piggybanks, etc.,  and prices start from £2.50 for the smaller pieces.

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It’s really easy……….

1.  Choose what you want to paint, choose the colours, then sit and relax and enjoy painting.  As well as a wide range of items to paint, we have over 60 colours of paint for you to choose from and these are displayed on our colour wall.  You won’t be stuck for ideas for what to do – there are lots of examples of  completed items, together with our Inspiration Basket,  stencils and stamps for great ideas.  So come along and start creating!  Our friendly staff can explain the basics, and we are on hand to help you design your special piece.

2. Stay as long as you like.  We are a flat fee studio, so you don’t have to worry about how many colours you use or how long you spend putting the finishing touches to your piece.

3.  Once you are happy, simply leave your creation with us and we’ll apply our special glaze and fire the item in our kiln.  The finished product is high quality, glossy, foodsafe, and should be ready for collection in about 7 days. We will  even send you an email/phone call to let you know when your piece is ready for collection!

Please note that there is a flat rate charge of £2.50 studio fee per painter.  This covers unlimited use of paint, brushes, stencils, sponges and books, and professional glazing and firing. (and of course, as much help as you need.)  

 

Looking for something a bit different to do this year, or to celebrate a special occasion?   Somewhere that you can relax, have fun and be creative? Brooklyn is the place for you!

We specialise in:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Bridal / hen parties
  • Corporate Events
  • Studio Rentals
  • Anniversary Parties
  • Craft Evenings – ideal for groups of friends to meet, relax and spend quality time together

 …and, of course, any other reason to celebrate.

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Gift Ideas

Looking for something different for a birthday or special occasion?

Why not treat your loved ones to a brooklyn experience.
Choose either a gift voucher (any denomination) or select a piece of pottery, which you can give to your recipient to bring back to brooklyn to paint for themselves

Wedding Keepsakes

What can be nicer than to create something really unique for the happy couple? From teapots to full dinner services, or a commemorative plate, there is plenty to choose from, all of which can be painted here at Brooklyn, at your home or even at the wedding venue!

Come to see us soon to choose something for the Special Day.

Baby feet and handprints
Capture your baby’s foot and handprint on a piece of pottery you can treasure, or put them on a mug or jug which you can look at as you use them every day.

We have oodles of practice helping parents to create a unique memory of their baby’s early days. With a wide range of pottery, including tiles, plaques, mugs, Christmas decorations and photo frames, we will be sure to have something to suit your taste and your pocket! Our prices are so reasonable so you’ll probably end up doing something for the Grandparents too!

Baptism and Naming day gifts
Create a beautiful gift which will be guaranteed to be unique and make a perfect keepsake of the special day.

Please make sure you allow plenty of time for your visit, as we encourage you to sit and relax and enjoy the experience.

 

Commissioned Pottery

Although its always lovely to create something special yourself, we do understand some people are a little nervous, and would prefer us to paint something for them.  we are always happy to do this for you, for a small additional charge.     Talk to us soon about how we can create something truly unique for you.

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Corporate Events

Are you looking to add a bit of zing to your corporate events? Perhaps you’re having an office party and want something a bit different?
We run corporate pottery painting events in Stockport, either in our studio in Shaw Heath, or we can provide the resources for you to paint on-site.  Ceramic painting is a fun activity, which gives your staff and colleagues the opportunity to express themselves, whilst encouraging team interaction.

Some ideas:

Paint a mug with an image that represents your own character – or reflects the Company ethos. Or create a set of mugs to impress visitors.

Paint something for a colleague – a great opportunity to get to know your work colleagues. Spend a few minutes chatting and finding out something about them personally, then create a mug reflecting their hobbies and interests. Or why not create a new ‘Superhero’ character for them on their mug? You might prefer to go “secret santa” style by painting for a colleague then letting everyone guess who painted which pottery when its delivered.

Paint a tile or canvas for the workplace using messages from your own companies ethos or positive thinking messages

You’ll be surprised at what you produce! Before you know it you’ll be chatting away and getting to know your colleagues in a whole new way. A visit to Brooklyn will leave you with a shared experience to talk about, especially if you display the finished pieces at work!
We’ll be happy to answer all enquiries and help wherever we can.

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FAQ

Firing Problems

Unfortunately there is a small risk (3%) that your pottery bisque may be damaged in the firing process. This is because pottery bisque can sometimes have small faults which can only be seen after they have been through the firing process.

If you are one of the very few unlucky people this happens to (less than 3%), we would like you to know that we would also be very disappointed and upset when this happens, although this is beyond our control and is an accepted hazard in the Industry. Our policy is to offer a full refund for the pottery, or invite you to re-paint a replacement item free of charge (the same item or same price replacement).

1. Do we need to book?
Normally you do not need to book and you are welcome to just drop in and paint, however to avoid disappointment or a wasted visit, you are welcome to phone and book a table. We would also advise booking a table during school holidays (or in the run up to Christmas and Mother’s and Father’s Day).

2. Do I need to be artistic?
No definitely not. We have a selection of stamps, sponges, stencils, examples and ideas books. Our welcoming and experienced staff are on hand to help with ideas, techniques and suggestions.

3. If I can’t paint will you paint it for me?
Yes, you can commission us to paint a piece especially for you. We are happy to talk through ideas and create your bespoke piece. Please note there will be a charge for the artists time and work.

4. How much does it cost?
Our smallest pottery pieces start from £5.50 including studio fee. There are over 200 items of pottery to choose from so there should be something to suit every taste and pocket.

5. How many days will it be until the pieces are ready?
Usually up to 7 days but this will be longer during busy holiday periods. We always do our best to process items quickly if they are needed for a special occasion, it’s usually best to mention this when booking your table. If there is a very large order which needs to be fired specially or seperately, we may need to make an additional extra charge.

6. Do you have refreshments in the shop?
Yes, we have a fine selection of hot and cold drinks. We are proud to serve illy coffee and have cakes and biscuits. We regret we are unable to serve food, this is because of the very high demand for tables during peak times. We can provide lunch boxes and buffets for party bookings in our party room, however these do need to be ordered in advance.

7. Is there anywhere to park close by?
Yes, there is a car park directly behind the shop. You can access it from either Gilmore Street or The Grove – both lead onto the free car park.

8. Can I pay by card?
Yes we take payments in cash or by card.

9. Do you have a baby changing facility?
Yes.

11. How long can I stay and paint/how long does it take/what happens if I don’t finish in time?
We would normally recommend booking your table for around 1.5 hours. Sometimes young children may finish faster than this – it depends on the child. Some people like to take a long time to paint, and we are usually very happy for them to do this, providing we don’t have a queue of people waiting for a table. Some people prefer to make two visits to complete their pottery, which is also fine although please note, we may have to charge a studio fee for the second or subsequent visits.

12. Will you help me with my baby prints?
We have lovely friendly staff – with experience of working with children and babies – who are always happy and willing to help at no extra charge. If you would like help, We would recommend you visit on one of our quieter days, so we can give you as much help as you need.

13. Can I bring my own food?
You are welcome to bring food along to parties in our party room. We have snacks and drinks available, so would respectfully request that people do not bring their own food or drink (unless it is for their baby)

14. Can I buy a piece I have seen in the shop window?
Yes most of our pieces are available to buy so please ask. You can always come along and copy something you like. We are always here to help.

15. Can I put my piece in the dishwasher/microwave?
Your pottery is not safe for the microwave but will be safe for occasional dishwasher use.

16. What if I’m not happy with the finished pottery piece?
Sometimes faults can occur during the firing and glazing process that are beyond our control and that are not obvious before they are fired. If you are amongst the very few people this happens to, our policy is to offer a full refund or offer you a free replacement painting session.

17. Do you have protective aprons for children and adults?
Yes and the paint will also come out of your clothes as they are water based and non-toxic.

18. Do you have a room to hire for parties?
Yes we have a private party room available to hire for pottery painting parties.

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Our Parties

Pottery Painting Parties

 

Planning a party and looking for something special? Brooklyn pottery can help!

We specialise in parties for all ages, from tots to grannies, with special birthdays, bridal/ hen parties and baby showers along the way. Choose from a range of over 200 items of pottery bisque, or if you have a specific theme for the party, tell us and we’ll do our best to find something special for the big day.  We’ll provide pens and paper so your guests can spend time planning and drawing their designs first, before copying the designs on to their pottery. There is a wide range of paint colours, or they can get get creative and mix their own.  We professionally glaze and fire all the pottery  in our kiln, and we will send you a text when the pottery is ready for collection. This is usually with 7-10 days.

 

There are a range of different options to choose from, and we are happy to help you plan your perfect party.

The Bronx

This option is perfect for people planning a low-key or small party.  There is no minimum number of guests, as we simply book a table for you in the lovely studio area downstairs.   You will just pay the cost of the pottery plus the studio fee (still £2.50) per painter.  The final price will depend on what you choose to paint – so you really can keep the price down with this special package.  We pride ourselves on keeping the prices as low and family-friendly as possible.

Staten Island 

This party is perfect for those wishing to run the party themselves, but who prefer to use our private party room upstairs.   The price includes a pottery party animal or mug for each guest, private room hire, firing and glazing and free juice for the children.

Brooklyn Party Package 

This is the most popular package with all our visitors.  The price includes a pottery party animal or mug per person, private room hire, firing and glazing, free juice for the children.  we are also happy for you to use our vintage crockery for a vintage tea-party after the painting has finished.  We also provide staff to run the pottery painting process for you together with a personalised commemorative plaque/tile for the birthday person.

Queens Party Packages

To really spoil your little princess on her special day, we also work with an amazing professional party princess entertainer.  Elsa, Cinderella or Belle will make a special appearance to sing with your guests and make magic wishes to make your party even more special and memorable.   (nb The princess is very busy, so bookings are always subject to her availability)

Manhattan Crafternoon Parties – Coming Soon!!

Still in the development stage, but we are hoping to provide special sessions where you will use specialist paint and techniques to create your own unique piece of art.

 

Time:  Most children’s parties last 1.5 hours.  This gives you plenty of time for the painting process and to have a simple finger buffet and birthday cake session.   Most parents prefer this, as the time passes very quickly making it a streamlined and stress free party so the parents can relax and enjoy themselves too.      Adults sometimes want to spend a little longer over their painting, and we are happy to arrange this for you.

Numbers: The minimum number for the private party room is 10, maximum 15.  We are happy to take small groups of 4 or more in the downstairs studio, which can also take up to 22 guests for larger groups.

Party Food: You are very welcome to bring your own food with you.  You know exactly what the children like to eat, and it helps keep the price down for you too!

 

Parking. There is a free car park behind Brooklyn Pottery, it can be very busy at times, but there is free parking on some of the surrounding roads.

Booking: Give us a ring on 0161 480 5139, or email us your request, and we will get back to you to discuss individual details.  We would also suggest you visit us to have a look around, get ideas for your theme, and chat to us about how we can help make it a memorable occasion for you and your guests.

Contact us for more information or to make a booking.

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