Discover your arty side at cafe
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