DD's birthday is coming up, and having taken her to our local pottery painting cafe a few times for a treat, she's asked for a pottery party, but its far too expensive to take her and friends to the 'proper' place. Years ago we did DIY pottery painting at someone's house, she had some special paints that you painted on a basic cheap white crockery from a supermarket, then put in the oven to seal. I was wondering how cheap those paints are, and what to buy, but a lot of googling has come up with nothing...can anyone give any advice....? Thanks in advance!
A friend has lovely DIY parties every December. She does use the proper bisqueware but she gets it in bulk from a supplier which doesn't work out too dear. My DS went to a pottery cafe party once where the hosts covered the cost of food and basics, but if the children wanted their creations to be glazed and collected later, parents paid for that at pickup. I felt that was fair enough, but you might not like that idea.
Yes I have done this type of party several times with DD and have always used Baker Ross. A word of warning though. The first time I bought moneyboxes. After the children painted them I put them in the oven for the paint to seal. I only realised afterward that I should have taken the rubber stops off the bottom of the ceramic money box . I spent the days following the party finding corks, moulding them into shape and delivering them to all the little girls who had taken home a bottomless moneybox.
The ceramic paints can be a little expensive but if you bear in mind they'll last you several parties, it's worth it.
Have you The Range close to you? We have bought the Pebeo paint from there, they sell the glass paint and porcelain paint. It costs about £3.50 a bottle, but it goes a long way. They also sell the pens for outlining or more intricate work. My daughter did a few mugs for friends and relatives for Christmas.