Doodles is a pottery workshop with a real family atmosphere. If you're looking for something different to do for a children's birthday party then you can come here, buy a piece of pottery for each child and they can paint it themselves which I think is a lovely idea. Prices are very reasonable and there's plenty of pottery to choose from such as egg cups, plates, sauces, mugs, coasters and most of the small items are under £4.50. It's not just for children of course, you can also paint more intricate designs for bigger pieces such as vases and kitchen ware.
My friend had a pottery painting party a few years ago and it was awesome although the place we went to wasn't as nice as Doodles and I think I'll round up some friends and take a trip in here soon.
It seems that paint-your-own-novelty-ceramic-gift-item shops are like buses: none for miles around, then you get two at once, in Marchmont anyway. Of the competing establishments on this street, however, my preference is for Doodles, possibly just because it was there first, and isn't part of a chain, though I do also think they have a wider range of stuff to choose from.
I came here to paint a teapot for my mother's birthday. I'm no Picasso myself, and generally feel it is unwise to give my creativity free reign, but fortunately here the staff are very good at giving helpful advice when needed, without cramping your style. I managed to produce something that didn't completely look like it had been done by a five year old, which was a definite achievement, and my mother managed to feign delight at the finished article, although perhaps she was just being tactful.
Anyway, Doodles is certainly a good source for that elusive item, a gift that is genuinely personal, and, since they sell all sorts of things, from napkin rings that cost about three pounds to plates, model cats and massive plant pots, you should be able to find something here whatever your budget.
Doodles workshop is a lovely place to go for tea and painting! People from all ages can go and I've gone for a hen night, family day and out with my mates. You've got the freedom to paint so much stuff
Like plates, teapots, animal shapes and gnomes! You can also do hand and foot imprints and casts of baby bumps or torsos. You can paint for as long as you like and the atmosphere is very chilled. The staff are really helpful but more for the kids than adults. It's a great place but NOT CHEAP. I painted a teapot and it cost me £40. I wish it was cheaper as we would go more often.
Doodles is the original and best pottery painting workshop. I say this because The Ceramic Experience recently opened directly across the road from it, but it is Doodles that offers the more enjoyable experience. Children (and adults!) can go there and test their artistic skills, by hand-painting a variety of ceramic items - mugs, plates and even vases. It is an ideal place to go to allow your child to design a gift for someone - a gift that will hopefully MEAN that little something more to whoever gets it. It's all about the personal touch and at Doodles you can set your kids free on a vast paint palette (and not worry about having to clear up the mess). What's more, the staff are friendly and really help add to this fun experience.
Doodles is on Marchmont Crescent just off the Meadows and can be reached on the 41 and 24 buses. Doodles is a Ceramics Workshop where you can pick out a piece of unfired ceramic, paint it how you like and have it fired. You can paint anything from a small plate to a teapot, it's a good place to make a little keepsake for that special occasion. I heard about Doodles when my firstborn was a newborn, lots of people were getting footprints or handprints of their newborns which is a sweet idea and a great present for new Grandparents. We ended up making two plates with footprints on and a xmas ornament with our baby footprints, they are very special items to us still!
I become a bit sentimental when I have to talk about ceramic painting since I have very dear memories of painting my fist mug with a gracious black cat wit cute green eyes and pink nose whose tail merged with the handle of the mug... Anyway, Doodles is a great place for fun, where you can celebrate your party and smudge, splash, doodle your own design on a pottery item of your choice. The shop staff will glaze and make it ready for use after 3 days of proper treating. You can bring your youngest family members and spent a unique day of creativity and excitement.
A very creative and fun place and even more inspiring if you get to meet the founder - which I was lucky enough to do when I was on the Prince's Scottich Youth Business Trust grant/loan board when her startup application was being considered. Her energy and enthusiasm was infectious and there was absolutely no hesitation in approving her startup finance.
I think it's now over 10 years later and I'm massively impressed.
Just take a look at the gallery and you'll want to go :)
I have been here a coupke of times, excellent concept and a great place to take the kids. The mood is relaxed and tea and coffee is on the house!
I've been going to Doodles for years. It's such a relaxed, enjoyable place to be - perfect if you're making a special gift, or even just to spend an afternoon painting something just for fun. The staff are friendly and always welcoming.
Doodles Ceramics Workshop offers a unique opportunity for everyone to discover their creativity. Come along to Edinburgh's first informal "paint your own" pottery workshop. No experience is necessary and in 3 easy steps you can create your own work of art.
1- Select your Item: Choose from our own range of white, unglazed pottery items. The range includes mugs, plates, bowls, jugs, vases, tiles, tea-pots, boxes, egg cups and many more.
2- Pick your Colours: Select from over 80 under-glaze colours. Our studio fee includes all materials: brushes, paints, stencils, stamps, clear glaze and firing.
3- Create your Original: Paint, splash, splatter, doodle, dab, stamp, stencil, dot and brush your design. Staff will always be on hand to give advice and a design library for more inspirational ideas is also available.
We will then clear glaze and fire your item. Your finished piece will be ready in 3-4 days and will be food and dish-washer safe.
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