We have recently told our story to the Nottingham Post, the article was published on the 27th January 2016 – See it on their website here
Pottery designed to Razzle Dazzle ’em
Two women who met while at ante-natal class before the birth of their first children more than 25 years ago have molded their love for crafts into a business. Tracy Walker chats to the owners of Razzle Dazzle Pots
A recent item sold at Razzle Dazzle Pots in Mapperley was a bowl in which the female customer painted the words
“Will you marry me?”
As this is a leap year, when women traditionally propose, the customer thought it would be a great idea to pop the question this way.
“We have no idea whether he said yes or no,” says Jane Randall, one of the partners at the business.
“She was going to put soup in it, so when he gets to the bottom he would see it.”
The bowl is just one example of how gifts bought from here are given the extra personal touch. Razzle Dazzle Pots is a pottery painting studio in Woodborough Road, where people can pick a pot and sit down in a relaxing atmosphere to paint it however they want. They can return a week later to pick up their pots, which will have been glazed and finished off in a kiln.
Jane, 48, says: “The thing about it is it’s a unique way of making pottery – you get to paint it yourself, however you want it. You could customise something for Valentine’s Day.”
She set up the business in the shop, which was a former scuba diving centre, in October 2010 with Nichola Reynolds, having met at an ante-natal class around 25 years ago, before their eldest children were born.
“We’ve always done crafts and activities,” says Nichola, 49,
who had also done pottery classes and had a kiln bought for her by her husband Brian as a 40th birthday present. It was Brian who had the idea of Nichola, a mum-of-three of Ravenshead, and Jane setting up a business.
They did some research and saw there was a gap in the market for a pottery studio in Mapperley. Now the pair have been in business for more than five years, enjoying providing a haven for craft fans and people wanting to make personalised gifts. Pieces start out as liquid clay and are poured into a plaster mould. They are left for a while to set before being fired in a kiln. It comes out of the kiln a solid shape, or a bisque, and is ready to be painted.
There is an array of products to be painted, from plates, bowls and vases to moneyboxes, figurines, clockfaces and teapots.
There is even a chance to have your child’s hand and foot prints captured on a piece of pottery. A special imprint service, where the baby’s prints are set in clay, is available for £35. But you can buy and paint a piece of pottery for anything between £1 and £60, with the average spend being £10-£20.
Razzle Dazzle Pots also hosts birthday parties, hen parties, and visits in the community, as well as selling jewellery made by local crafters. Jane, a mum-of-two, of Thorneywood, says painting pots can be quite relaxing, but they also host team-building events for businesses, and make it into a competition.
Nichola adds: “People think it’s just for kids, but we get just as many adults.”
Razzle Dazzle Pots also runs monthly Me Time evenings, just for adults, and the next one is on February 18.