Friends join forces to launch pottery painting venture in Devizes

This Is Wiltshire: Leanne Wilkins and Liney Keen have brought an empty shop back into use Leanne Wilkins and Liney Keen have brought an empty shop back into use

One of Devizes’ most prominent retail premises is back in business this week with a venture that is likely to please people of all ages looking for unusual gift ideas.

Mums Leanne Wilkins and Caroline ‘Liney’ Kean have joined forces to create the Pottery Painting Company, which has opened in the former Travelwise shop at Chapel Corner on the corner of Maryport Street and Monday Market Street.

Older members of the community will remember it as the Cheese Shop but it has remained empty since Travelwise moved to its current home in Sidmouth Street last year.

Mrs Wilkins saw a gap in the market when she took her two children to a pottery painting centre in Swindon. She said: “My kids just loved it and I thought, there ought to be something like this in Devizes.”

The circumstances that led to the new business arose when Mrs Wilkins was made redundant from her position at Intel in Swindon and she happened to broach the subject of a pottery painting business with Mrs Kean, a fellow parent at Dauntsey’s Aided Primary School in West Lavington.

Mrs Wilkins said: “Liney was keen on the idea and we found these premises which were perfect for us, so it all seemed meant.”

The two women buy in their bisque, or unglazed, plates, cups and other items, from a company that specialises in the field, and invite customers to choose how they want to decorate them.

Mrs Wilkins said: “People don’t need to be particularly artistic. They can use carbon papers with transfer images on them, use stamps as well as paint on their own designs. There are amazing things you can do with brushes. We will teach them as they go along.”

Once the items have been painted, they are taken away, given a glaze finish and fired.

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12:29pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Redevo says...

I'm sorry..but REALLY!!? is this really what the town needs? are the people of Devizes crying out for somewhere to go and "paint your own" pottery?
Good luck in your venture ladies.(At least your not opening another shabbychic/antiques shop)
I'm sorry..but REALLY!!? is this really what the town needs? are the people of Devizes crying out for somewhere to go and "paint your own" pottery? Good luck in your venture ladies.(At least your not opening another shabbychic/antiques shop) Redevo

12:04am Tue 13 Nov 12

wondering why says...

It's different and Devizes needs different, I wish them all the best and I hope that they have plans to innovate as there is only so much pottery you can paint in a lifetime.
It's different and Devizes needs different, I wish them all the best and I hope that they have plans to innovate as there is only so much pottery you can paint in a lifetime. wondering why

9:46pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Theppc says...

Redevo, if you can prove your identity, I would like to offer you the chance to paint something for free. If its not your bag, bring your children/grandchildr
en and I am sure they will happily paint a ceramic animal, mug, moneybox etc!
Reply to this post with your email address and I will send you a gift voucher. Come on, have a go
Redevo, if you can prove your identity, I would like to offer you the chance to paint something for free. If its not your bag, bring your children/grandchildr en and I am sure they will happily paint a ceramic animal, mug, moneybox etc! Reply to this post with your email address and I will send you a gift voucher. Come on, have a go Theppc

9:49pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Theppc says...

www.thepotterypainti
ngcompany.co.uk for details!
www.thepotterypainti ngcompany.co.uk for details! Theppc

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