HOW IT WORKS
At The Melting Pot, we have a constant stock rotation to keep our bisque (pottery shapes) as up to date as possible and we carry over 150 shapes of bisque in stock.
To get involved all you need to do is book in with us via phone or Facebook, choose your piece of pottery, paint it or print on it using our lovely range of tools and techniques and then collect one week later.
We use Stroke and Coat glazes (the paints you will be using) these are all food safe and non toxic! However they have a little secret; they aren't paint at all! They are in fact all made from glass! These paints produce amazing vivid colours when fired, but can look dull beforehand, so we have example tiles for you to use when choosing your colours.
Once your piece is painted, it is ready to go into our back room and this really is where all the magic happens!
Firstly we allow your piece to dry completely and then we give it a check for any dust inside as this can affect the coverage of the next step...
...which is to dip your whole piece into a big bucket of clear glaze! This gives the piece one last coat of glaze and covers any bits that have not been painted. This is to ensure that if you have painted a mug for example it is completely food safe and that none of your hot chocolate finds its way into the pottery.
When it is dry we get to sanding your pottery. Each piece that comes through our studio gets finger sanded by hand to smooth out any ruffles or bubbles in the clear glaze.
We then dry foot each piece (wipe their bottoms) this is so that they don't stick to the kiln when the glaze (paint) melts back down to glass. Your piece is now ready to be fired! We load up our kiln and set it to fire at almost 1000° and is ready a day later.
It truly is a magical process and every time we open the kiln at The Melting Pot it is just as exciting as the first!