Wednesday, August 6, 2008
No recipe today. This time I want to tell you about a wonderful place I visited last weekend together with my husband.
Ceramic Café is not an usual café, it’s both café and pottery studio at the same time. It’s a just a perfect place to come with kids, friends, or even alone. It’s really a place for everyone. No special skills are required. Painting ceramic is extremely fun and really really easy. Needless to say how relaxing it is to paint a piece of ceramic, while sipping coffee and eating a piece of cake or a cookie ;)
The painting starts with choosing a ceramic piece. You can chose among the whole range of plates, saucers, mugs, bowls, vases, ceramic animals, etc. (I chose an espresso cup). Once you chose your piece, someone from the staff sits with you at the table and explains briefly how to paint. Then, you simply take a pencil and sketch your design. If drawing is not your strong point, no worries, there are ready stencils available at the café. You can copy them with carbon paper and color with paints. No mixing paint to obtain new colors is required when you paint ceramic. You’ll get basic colors on your table with a sample of other available colors you can ask for. The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, so if you have any doubts, you can always ask questions. Besides, there are instructions in both French and English available on each table.
If you get hungry, you can order a light meal. Ceramic café offers a wide range of salads, sandwiches, foccacias, panini and bagels. There’s also special menu for kids and a few cakes and cookies available. The opening hours are late, so if you want to spend some time without children, you can always come in the evening and relax sipping a glass of wine or beer.
The prices start with $6 per hour for painting for children and $8 for adults. If you decide to spend 3 hours in the café, you pay $12. The prices don’t include ceramic pieces which cost about $8-15 per item. The price of a meal is about 5-10 dollars for a sandwich or salad.
Once your painting is done, you leave your piece in the café for glazing and firing. The piece will be ready to pick up one week later. My espresso cup will be ready next Sunday :)
1370, Chemin Sainte-Foy
G1S 2N6 Québec
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