Hi... hopefully this will help you with some of your questions if you are planning to visit us at Minikin...
What are the Christmas cutoff dates?
Clay imprints - 12th Nov
Silver jewellery - 7th Dec
Pottery painting - 1pm Saturday 17th Dec. We now only have capacity for cups and baubles.
Can I book? We don't have a booking system as we never know how long people will paint for and we don't like to rush anyone. So, instead you can call us 30 minutes before your visit on 0161 9736822 and we'll hold the next available table for you. If there is a larger group then it is usually best to arrive when we open at 10am so we can seat you together straight away, just call us and let us know which day so we can get ready for you.
How does the pottery painting work? You pick a piece of pottery (bisque) and paint it however you like/ do handprints, you then leave this with us for kiln firing which takes a week.
Can I get my pots back earlier than a week? We can offer a next day service which costs £15. £10 if you need 2 to 4 days early or £5 if you need any earlier after that. This is to cover the additional firing costs.
Is pottery painting suitable for any age? Yes! It's a brilliant and creative activity for everyone. Capture hand and footprints, paint a beautiful gift, therapeutic. It really is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Will I get help doing hand and footprints? Yes, if youd like help with hand and footprints we'll happily help, just ask! We can do hand and footprints for babies and children of any age.
Do I have to do my own writing and painting? That's half the fun!! We will give you tips for great writing and have practice tiles to use. If you don't want to do the wriiting we have a writing service that starts at £2 per pot and has a lead time of 2-3 weeks.
Is the paint safe? Yes, all of our paints are water based, lead free and toxic free. Bring along your baby wipes to wipe little hands and feet.
How much does it cost? Prices start at £5 and each individual pot is priced according to size and shape. The majority of our pots average between £10-£20.
Can I pay by card? Yes, we do have a 2% charge for all card transactions. There is a cash machine next door but 2 if you need to withdraw cash.
At what age can I do clay imprints/ stone outprints? Any age, the youngest we've done to date was only 42 hours old!
How long will it take for my clay imprints/ stone outprints to be ready? These are all hand made and go through several processes including every frame being hand built so this can take up to 8 weeks.
Can I bring my pram? Yes, we have space for prams and baby changing facilities.
Do you serve drinks and food? We serve hot and cold drinks but not food. we have excellent cafes and restaurants either side of us which you can enjoy before or after your visit to us.
Do you have parking? There is pay and display on street parking outside the shop or a multi-story carpark called q-park on Broad Road which is a minute away from us.
Can I get there by public transport? Yes, we are opposite Sale metrolink station and surrounded by several bus stops.