Back in May, I organised a meetup for our Cornish Creatives Facebook group at Star Glazers.
Star Glazers is a pottery painting cafe in Falmouth, where you can book a table (or pop in if there’s space!), grab a piece of pre-made pottery and get decorating and painting using the paints and materials around the cafe, while having a delicious coffee, hot chocolate, or even a slice of cake!
When you’re done, your pottery will be taken to be glazed and baked, and you’ll receive a text within a week to say that it’s done and ready to collect. There are loads of pre-made pottery pieces to choose from on the shelves of Star Glazers, from plates, cups and bowls to vases, teapots, ornaments and trinket boxes, and prices range from £5 to £25. Both adults and kids are totally welcome, but when we visited it was mainly adults and students there for a relaxed morning.
It’s such a great idea for an indoor or rainy day activity to do with friends, or as we did, a networking or creative meetup! It was so nice to experiment with painting again, as I rarely get to do creative things with my hands (my laptop is usually my only creative tool!) and it feels super therapeutic too.
I’ve been running Cornish Creatives for a couple of years now; it’s a Facebook group for creative freelancers in Cornwall, where we share articles, discussions and questions relating to all things creativity, small business life and living in Cornwall! There are over 250 members now (though only a few are really ‘active’ on there, thanks to Facebook being ruthless with its algorithms…) and I have occasionally organised meetups like this so that we can put faces to names and chat in person.
Although I have my moments of confidence and extrovert-ness, I’m still really an introvert at heart and I get quite shy and awkward when it comes to meeting new people and ‘networking’, but I always end up enjoying our meetups because everyone usually feels exactly the same (perhaps creatives tend to be introverted?) and the people who attend are always lovely.
I would love to organise get togethers more often, especially doing activities like this, which get our inspiration flowing and create a great talking point for the afternoon, but it actually takes a whole lot of effort organising these things! Trying to make sure everyone on Facebook has seen the event and responded to it, preliminarily booking a venue, then chasing up people to make sure they’re actually coming, then actually booking the venue, takes more time and effort than you’d think. And sometimes you do all that and people who said they were coming don’t turn up, without letting me know or anything – so it can get demoralising, especially for an introvert!
However, days like this one make it worth it, and it was fantastic to discover a new hang out spot for the future too – I’ll definitely be coming back to get my creative juices flowing, and maybe even try one of their workshops soon. The only reason I didn’t write about our experience sooner is because Olivia kindly collected my bowl for me but I kept forgetting to pick it up from her and I really wanted to show it in this post – what do you think??
I like how the outside turned out, with a rustic, faded effect in beautiful blues, but my technique on the edge and inside clearly need some work! I do like the little dot effects though…
If you need some creative inspiration for painting or what to do when you go to Star Glazers, definitely go check out their Instagram account, full of amazing photos of what others have created – some are absolutely fantastic!