Apr 20 2012 By Poppy Bradbury
Joanna Wronka at Ceramics Cafe, 6 Argyle Road, Ealing W6
THE Ceramics Cafe is a business that evokes the baking heat and colourful bazaars of Morocco and suitable for all ages, says the woman in charge.
Joanna Wronka, 42, is the store manager at the creative workshop in Argyle Road, West Ealing, which opened in the mid-nineties.
But this is a café with a difference; the only dish you will find there is the blank canvas guests will be painting on.
For £2 excluding the cost for materials, customers can choose from more than 100 different pottery shapes - anything from mugs and tea pots to animal figurines and piggy banks - to paint and decorate before they are glazed, fired and ready to collect a few days later.
Joanna said sessions can be addictive and people often keep painting after their two-hour time slot, but is happy to accommodate those who become engrossed in their projects.
“We usually just let them go on painting. Everybody says it’s really relaxing. Once you start you can’t finish,” she said.
The café, which has sister studios in Hampshire, Surrey and more locally in Kew, is open to all ages and abilities, and often hosts parties and events in its private function room.
Joanna said the art is a ‘one size fits all’ activity that can be as absorbing for children as it is relaxing for adults, and is suitable for anyone however creative they may be.
“I can’t say that I’m an artist, but when you start painting ceramics, anyone can be an artist,” she said, adding: “We have children here from primary schools. We also organise sessions for disabled children with schools once or twice a year. It’s a good idea for them to paint things in groups and they really enjoyed it.”
There are no plans to expand the concept to include food service, although guests can get the creative juices flowing with a cup of tea or coffee and cookies.
Joanna explained: “I don’t think we have enough space. The main idea is to paint ceramics and the customer needs more space.”
It may not serve meals, but it does give people the chance to create something entirely original, and entirely theirs.