Dis­cover your arty side at cafe

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

A FOR­MER teacher has swapped physics for ce­ram­ics.

Alex Irvine, 46, who used to teach at Pent Val­ley Tech­nol­ogy Col­lege in Folkestone, has opened a cafe in Can­ter­bury where cus­tomers can hand-paint and per­son­alise ce­ram­ics.

Choose the piece from the shelf, pick the paints, and pro­duce your own unique de­sign is the chal­lenge on of­fer at the All Fired Up Ce­ram­ics Cafe in Butch­ery Lane.

The cafe is the sixth of its kind in Bri­tain.


Vis­i­tors are of­fered a choice of more than 70 items, rang­ing from serv­ing plat­ters and cap­puc­cino mugs to photo frames and an­i­mal-shaped money boxes.

They can en­joy a se­lec­tion of teas, cof­fees and cakes while choos­ing their ce­ram­ics and paints.

Pen­cils, sten­cils, stamps, brushes and pal­ettes are pro­vided for cus­tomers to cre­ate their own de­sign or copy some­thing they like.

Once com­pleted, the ob­ject is glazed and fired for col­lec­tion a few days later.

Spe­cial­ist staff are on hand to help cus­tomers.

Alex said: “The cafe of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one, young and old.

“No ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary and there are no rules.

“There was tremen­dous in­ter­est in our first week, which was very ex­cit­ing.”

All Fired Up also caters for spe­cial oc­ca­sions, in­clud­ing birth­days, hen nights and of­fice par­ties.

Ce­ramic items are in­di­vid­u­ally priced, start­ing from £5. Stu­dio fees, in­clud­ing paint, glaze and fir­ing, start at £3.

The cafe is open from 9.30am to 6pm on Mon­days, Tues­days and Satur­days, 9.30am to 10pm on Wed­nes­days, Thurs­days and Fri­days, and 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sun­days.

For more de­tails go to www.al lfiredupce­ram­ics.co.uk or phone 01227 784448.

All Fired Up Ce­ram­ics Cafe owner Alex Irvine, 46

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