The global culture of coffee shops and ‘people watching’ isn’t slowing down in 2020 – coffee chains across the country are happy to report increases in sales, and we’re already seeing new coffee trends emerging as we enter the new decade.
For anyone who’s becoming bored of ‘just’ meeting for coffee or is looking for a different way to enjoy their coffee breaks, we might have found it. In fact, this amazing gem of a coffee shop will certainly entice and excite the hidden child and creator in all of us.
Welcome to Star Glazers Pottery Painting Café in Falmouth… A Cornish town known for its maritime history, artistic flair and cultural diversity, it has long been celebrated as a hotspot for tourists visiting the South West, and we are not surprised to see the likes of Star Glazers succeeding here.
The pottery café hosts are welcoming, knowledgeable and bubbly, and chat happily to everyone from children to adults (and can provide a number of tips and pointers for beginners – or simply chat paint and glazes with the more experienced painters and potters). It really does have something for everyone. We visited on a freezing cold, wet and windy afternoon and asked for just a coffee. Not a problem. Two weeks later, we walked in without a booking and sat at their last free table (the others were booked up) to do some painting of our own. We chose a coffee mug, four egg cups and a Flamingo mug for our painting – they have all sorts of crockery, placemats and gift ideas to choose from.
Established in May 2017, the café quickly became a popular place to visit. Christine took over in early 2018 and has since developed the café into a hub of creativity, positivity and making memories. Now with a licensed bar, excellent coffee (alternative milks available) and plenty of choice for kids, this café really does turn an hour (or an afternoon) coffee break into relaxation, creation and genuine enjoyment. The café has been developed far beyond its original offer, and now hosts group and evening bookings for the likes of Hen and Stag dos and team building events. On top of this, and in true Cornish fashion, they are about to start offering pasties on top of their current snacks and cakes range.
Further to this, they’re preparing themselves well in advance and offering afternoon tea and cakes for Mother’s Day – book early if you want to go, it won’t be long until they’re fully booked.
Pottery, and the painting of it, isn’t a new thing; pottery dating back over 20,000 years ago has been discovered, and there are a multitude of other examples between then and today demonstrating that pottery has long been used within all cultures across the world where there is clay available. Examples of ancient pottery can be found in a multitude of museums celebrating human history across the world, and many glass bottom boat tours in the Mediterranean feature pottery at the bottom of the ocean.
In short, get yourself into something new, and book in for pottery painting at Star Glazers.
If Falmouth is a bit far, the following pottery and clay shops can also be found in the South West:-
Clayart – Plymouth
Unearth Studio – Exeter
The Paint Hub – Dawlish
Do I have to book at Star Glazers?
No – but we’d recommend it. We’ve yet to visit an empty studio.
What if your pottery breaks in the firing process?
You can re-paint your pottery, or they offer a full refund.
What if you’re a large party?
Not to worry, Star Glazers take bookings in advance and cater for large parties
Can I get in with a wheelchair?
There is a small step into the shop though with help it isn’t impossible
How much will it cost me?
We paid less than £15 for a coffee, one piece of pottery (I chose a mug) and ‘all included’ paints and firing.
Parking – any of the Falmouth car parks are within a five-minute walk or less
Facilities – The café has toilets