Creativity. That is always the goal over here at Pure Sweet Joy. Creativity, in your own way. (To read more about the heart behind PSJ, click here) So naturally, I love activities that encourage the whole family to get creative. Clay Cafe, in Hout Bay, is SUCH a good spot. I’ve made a good few trips through there before and have followed their journey as they’ve moved premises, overcome a fire and grown in absolute leaps and bounds. It’s one of those places where you leave feeling inspired, both creatively and in terms of business. They’ve got a GOOD thing going on.
Michael and I were gifted with the afternoon at Clay Cafe, but all views and words are 100% my own. I’d happily go spend my money there (I have, many times before) and I’d highly recommend you do too 🙂 I mean it!
I could go on and on. But I won’t. Instead, let me give you a run down of how it works.
You get to choose your own bisque (unfired ceramic pieces, ready for painting), select your own colours and get creative with your painting. There are a few special (but easy) techniques that you can use to add more details, such as stencilling, scratching out from the paint, making dots, using stickers etc. If it’s your first time it’s best to request a little demo before you start. Once you’ve finished painting, your piece gets left there to be fired. It normally takes about 3 weeks and then you can go collect your masterpiece.
The range of bisque piece caters for everyone. There are decor pieces (including many Olaf, unicorns, bunnies etc), a wide variety of platters, crockery, mugs, vases and bowls. I’m slowly building up my set of bowls and platters. Some people do the most amazing intricate designs and it’s so lovely to sneak a peak at everyone’s designs, but I’ve kept all of my items very simple. Normally a colour on the inside, white on the outside and a little arrow or two scratched into the paint. Simple, but practical and perfectly mine.
Clay Cafe is set in the beautiful Hout Bay valley, so you get to look up into the mountains while you paint. Children can play in the kiddies play area, with lots of open space, large netted trampolines and a little stream that is obviously a hit with the kids. There’s also some yummy meals and sweet treats to choose from.
It’s always a good idea to book a table. They do take limited walk-ins, but rather avoid disappointment as it does get busy. Call 076 810 5120, or see their website for more info. Party bookings are available too.