A ceramic workshop ignites interior artists
Most people, even those with no apparent talent or artistic ability, have the urge to create something with their own hands at one point or another. It could be a keepsake, personal token, or a gift for a loved one.
Most of the time, these projects don’t work and get scrapped or tossed in a closet as soon as they’re done, because most people can’t transform – over the course of an afternoon or a weekend. end – in skilled craftsmen. able to craft an item that fully satisfies their vision of what it was meant to be.
Luckily for these frustrated aspiring artists and artisans, there is a middle path one can take that gives you great artistic freedom and the ability to express yourself creatively, but it does so in a structured way with the guides and Integrated guardrails to make sure you can never totally fail on any of your projects.
Ceramik Art Studio, located at Coconut Park on Koh Pich in Phnom Penh, is a ceramic painting studio where people of all ages can learn to paint ceramic pottery and other objects and then take their creations home.
On the one hand, you have complete freedom to paint your ceramic objects as you wish. On the other hand, you can choose what you decorate from a large inventory of prefabricated ceramic items.
So if what you are working on is supposed to be a garden gnome statue and a blank white garden gnome statue is indeed what you have chosen in the studio store to paint on, then you can rest in knowing that the final highlight of the time and effort invested can and should only be this garden gnome with its shapely outlines – even if you somehow manage to botch the color palette entirely at the painting stage.
“We have a number of baked items for guests to choose from,” says Kirsty, director and arts coordinator at Coconut Park, where Ceramik Art Studio is located.
Coconut Park is a large entertainment / lifestyle resort on Koh Pich consisting of a day spa, dance and yoga studios, martial arts dojo, wading pool and play areas for children, an ice rink, mountain bike trails, an arts and crafts workshop, gardens and an outdoor restaurant as well as the ceramic arts workshop.
Ceramik Art Studio opened on February 19 last year, but they actually had to hold their opening event online due to the pandemic.
“Lina Lim, co-founder of the Canadian International School, is the founder of Ceramik Art Studio. The idea of opening the studio was inspired by his experiences in Montreal.
“These ceramic art studios are very popular in places like Canada, America and England, especially among women who are mothers and have families or careers until retirement and beyond. because a lot of old people really like it too.
“It’s a relaxing hobby and also very social because you can meet up with friends and talk while you paint.
“It’s a long established business model that has been very successful in some western countries for decades now, but nothing like it existed in Cambodia yet, so Lina Lim came up with the idea to create it for ‘she can enjoy it. as well as the community, ”Kirsty says.
When the studio bought their kiln from an Australian manufacturer, they actually sent a technician / trainer to Cambodia who then taught Sora, the studio supervisor, how to work with ceramic paints and glazes and how to operate the kiln. .
“Our studio artist, Jessie, has been painting and drawing on various objects for years in acrylics and she loves working with abstract patterns and colors. This made her the perfect addition to our team and she really enjoys sharing her skills with others, ”she says.
Ceramik Art Studio is currently open for ceramic painting and glazing services and activities and also offers ceramic courses for those who wish to hone their skills over time and perhaps achieve a more professional level of quality with their creations.
They also run fun workshops and can be booked for events like birthdays or parties and team building exercises.
The studio does everything possible to make itself welcoming and accessible to the whole community. Their paints and materials are safe and easy to work with, and the interior design and the ambiance of the studio are warm and comfortable.
Anyone can choose to show up whenever the studio is open – no reservations required – to enjoy independent creative time with whatever they want to do or sign up for one of the focused guided workshops. on a specific design or type of item to hone their skills or get helpful tips.
They are currently holding a guided workshop open to the public once a week on Sundays, but they plan to add more to their schedule once the Covid situation improves. They also have private workshops available that clients can book in advance.
“Every Sunday we focus on a different design to work with, so if clients like the design our artist chose for that week, they can sign up to learn more. For example, some of the designs we offer here are bespoke designs from our studio artist Jessie.
“She uses her vibrant colors and applies them with a sponge technique to create a really cool rainbow effect over black stripes to give the items a dramatic finish. It’s a very popular design and all of the mugs they’ve created using this method look great, ”says Kirsty.
Ceramic items that customers can paint cost anywhere from $ 3 to $ 30 each, depending on the size of the item and the complexity of its details. Use of the studio is billed at $ 4 per hour per person.
“This award includes unlimited access to our tools and paints, the tips and advice from our studio artist, and the frosting and baking process at the end to complete it. Within two weeks they will be able to pick up their finished pieces after cooking, making them durable and food safe, ”says Kirsty.
Firing ceramics in an oven is a time consuming process that requires items to be fully dried to begin with, which may require letting them sit for a while in some cases.
Between two fires, each batch of ceramic spends up to 48 hours in the oven to heat them and then gradually cool them down afterwards and the oven can only hold a limited number of items at a time. That’s the source of the two-week delay, basically.
The studio ceramics shop has many fantastic mugs, plates, bowls, statues and knickknacks with design motifs like penguins, trains, gnomes, robots, ponies, flowers and fairies for customers to take on the shelf and start with.
Guests can also feel free to order food and drink from Coconut Park’s Penh Restaurant and have it delivered to the studio during their sessions – the staff and owners want you to feel right at home there and free to choose from. ‘express your artistic side.
“It was awesome. We’ve had a lot of people who have become loyal customers, which is good. We want to do more events for adults – not just kids – but it has been tricky with the Covid situation, but now it looks like it could open up more, ”she said.
Kirsty mentions that they are actively researching metallic paint options to use in the studio, but they have yet to find one that would be safe for children.
They also have new events and programs in the works that should start before the end of the year and she suggests people check their Facebook page for announcements.
Currently, due to the pandemic, the studio must adhere to all Covid-19 prevention protocols and all of its staff are fully vaccinated, so they would rather you were too to ensure everyone’s safety. the people present.
“Come paint with us! You can order delicious refreshments at Penh at Coconut Park while indulging your creativity in our relaxing studio environment, professionally managed by our friendly and helpful staff.
“If you have an upcoming event or would like to book a painting date in our studio, contact us and we’ll help you plan everything. Otherwise, drop by whenever we’re open whether you’re on your own or with friends and we’ll get you started, ”Kirsty says.
Ceramik Art Studio is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located on the first floor of the Coconut Club at Coconut Park on Koh Pich.
They organize guided workshops open to the public – without prior reservation – every Sunday from 11 a.m.
For more information, Ceramik Art Studio can be contacted via its Facebook page: @CeramikArtStudio.