I started my PYOP business Planète Céramique in Bordeaux on the rue du Jardin Public. I was there for three years, and then I decided to move both my house and my shop to Le Bouscat.
I now have a cozy shop on the avenue de le Libération in Le Bouscat.
Paint your own Pottery is a great activity for the whole family. My customers are about half adults, half children. There are no lessons, and no memberships fees. You just come along when you are in the mood, and you can get painting.
I have about 100 different ceramic items to choose from. ( plates, mugs, bowls, vases, tea pots, money boxes, pitchers…) They are porous at this stage and cannot be used yet.
You choose your piece, take a seat and start painting. I have many different examples to inspire people who need a little help getting started.
While you’re painting you can have a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.
Most people tell me they find it extremely relaxing. Many parents come in with their babies, or toddlers to make plates or other items with the hand-prints or footprints of their little ones. These items make great gifts for Grandparents, Godparents or friends.
When the painting is finished, it’s now my job to ‘fire’ the objects.
First I ‘glaze’ them and when that’s dry I load them into my kiln and fire them. This takes approximately 16 hours. The kiln heats up to a very high temperature very slowly, stays at that temperature for ten minutes, and then starts to cool down very slowly.
People can usually pick up their finished masterpieces in one or two weeks.