WELCOME TO THE ART HOUSE CAFE

The home of creativity in Eastbourne.

Here at The Art House, Eastbourne we specialise in pottery painting, baby prints, clay, pottery and potters wheels, creative and arts workshops, parties, celebrations, private events and seasonal events as well as being a café serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee & cakes.

We are generally open 7 days a week: 10am – 4.30pm however, please check our Facebook page to ensure we are open before visiting as sometimes we are closed for private events, attending workshops, visiting nurseries and schools, bank holidays and Sundays throughout August.

Tables can be reserved via our website under Book and we always recommend pre booking to ensure we have space especially during weekends and school holidays.

We are open many evenings for events and workshops and places are all pre-bookable on our website under Book.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Pottery painting.

Prices start from £12 up to £50 (average spend £20)

When you enter the café you will be welcomed by our friendly staff. We have a wide range of pottery to choose from all around the café. The prices are marked on in pencil and we have a £2 studio fee to glaze and fire your pottery. Prices start from £12 up to £50 for large platters and pitchers however the average spend is around £20.

We have paint baskets on each table along with detailed instructions about pottery painting, ideas and extra colours. You are encouraged to ask the team if you have any questions as they are there to help.

The café is set up to be suitable for both children and adults and we aim to provide a relaxed and fun environment for all ages and abilities. Pottery painting is a fun, a therapeutic experience which creates lasting memories forever.

Once you are finished you leave your pottery with us on the day so we can professionally glaze and fire in our kilns, this process takes approximately 1-2 weeks and you will be notified by text when it is ready.

If you require an item urgently please let us know at the time of painting as sometimes we can turn around some items quicker.

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Prints

From £10 + Glazing Fee £5

Our prints are a specialist service provided by fully trained and qualified staff and for this reason we tend to make our bookings in the morning when the café is at its quietest. To book in please message with a suggested day that suits you .

We can take prints of any age from 0-100! We can also print animals too especially dogs.

Prints are the perfect way to capture a moment in time on the pottery that you can keep forever. Our paints are fired onto pottery and last forever as they don’t fade. They make a lovely treat for yourself or as a gift for your family.

Whilst we take prints all year round Christmas is a very busy time for the café and therefore we need around 4 weeks to capture, undertake artwork, glaze and fire.

Pottery items are available for all budgets from small tiles – £10 , baubles, heart coasters, plates, mugs up to large vases and platters – £45. We charge a studio fee of £5 per item to cover all the specialist underglazes, studio time , glazing and kiln firing along with the design work per item.

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Evening Events

We are open late several evenings each month where we offer Prosecco, Pottery Painting, Coffee & Cake nights or a Pasta & Prosecco evening. We have recently introduced themed nights from Taylor Swift, Mamma Mia, Harry & One Direction, Robbie & Take That to name a few. Take a look at our Book page to see What’s On.

Our late night Thursdays are aimed at our grown up visitors to come together and enjoy a spot of Pottery Painting, Clay Workshops, Lino Printing, Glass Fusing, Potters Wheel, Polymer Clay Jewellery to name a few. Click here to see What’s On

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Children’s Parties

We love hosting your children’s birthday parties here at The Art House. Our parties are held in our private party room for a 2 hour time slot. Either 10-12 noon or 3-5pm for between 6-16 people on Saturdays or after school 4-6pm.

We offer a 2 hour party; a creative activity, party host, party tea, party games/disco (if time).

Party tea consists of: sandwiches, cucumber & carrot sticks, crisps, popcorn, fresh seasonal fruit, cupcakes, biscuits, ice cream & unlimited squash.

We require a £75 deposit which is non refundable and then balance on the day of the party. Please advise of any dietary requirements and food allergies and final party numbers a week before.

PARTY OPTIONS

Adult Parties & Private Hire

Are you looking to host a party or team building event? Have you got a group of friends that you want to get together and are looking for something different to do?

From team building events, baby showers, hen parties, birthday parties, retirement do’s or an excuse to get together – we can help. We can provide private hire or party room for your special occasion most afternoons or evenings. You are able to pottery paint or we can provide a special group session in most areas from glass fusing, clay hand building, potters wheel, canvas painting, jewellery making, lino printing  to list a few plus themed events. In addition to creative options we are also fully licenced and can provide food too.

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Free Children’s Classes

During term time we are able to offer free arts classes for children from funding that we receive to provide arts  locally, We offer weekly after school art classes for younger children and teenagers as well as music classes. All the free classes must be prebooked as we have limited places and this can be undertaken on our booking page.

We are also an approved provider for HAF holiday workshops for East Sussex Council during the school holidays. These free workshops need to be booked directly with the council via www.eequ.info website

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Clay Workshops

We undertake monthly clay hand building workshops from the Great Pottery Throwdown to classes teaching how to hand build mugs, fairy houses and lots of other projects as well as seasonal events.

Clay is an amazing medium to work with and provides many calming and therapeutic benefits for both children and adults and is a great excuse to have a play around with clay. It’s a chance to make something completely unique.

During the school holidays we offer children’s hand building workshops too.

Full details on our BOOK ACTIVITY.

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School Holidays

During school holidays we run children’s arty classes from art, t-shirt tie dye, jewellery making , slime, themed events, potters wheel classes, Indian block printing as well as seasonal events. Check out our booking page for the latest availability.

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Pot Throwing

We now have 5 potters wheels in the café that we use for events and workshops.

We offer private or small group potters wheel taster classes for 25 minutes with 5 minutes cleaning the wheel. You are taught on a one to one basis and you will always get a small bowl or two. We then fire your bisque pottery and your items will be ready to collect a month later as we have to fully dry the clay before it is fired in the kiln. You also have the choice to paint your handmade pottery at a later date for a charge of £10. This is left with us for a glaze and second firing.

£25 per person. Please contact us to enquire about availability and we will always try and accommodate.

Pot Throwing & Tile Making

We also offer a pot throwing and tile making event on a Thursday night monthly where we offer a fun social night hand building with clay and having a turn on the potters wheel. 7-10pm.

£22 per person – If you’d like your pottery to be glazed and fired and then come back and paint, then there is an additional charge of £25 to be paid on the evening. This process takes 4 weeks for the clay to dry and be fired then you are contacted to come in and paint your items and then we glaze and fire your painted pottery. The whole process takes around 5-8 weeks but is worth the wait for your hand created beautiful pottery that it totally unique.

These can be booked via the website under Pot Throwing and Tile Making.

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Lino Printing

We pleased to offer this 2hr long lino printing workshop, held monthly and suitable for complete beginners. We will guide you through the process of designing and carving your very own lino printing block and then show you how to print with a series of artwork.

All of the materials and equipment are provided on the evening and you are taught how to use the equipment and then work on your own project to carve and then print onto card all ready to take home. Suitable for 14 years-adult.

You will:

  • Make a design suitable for an A6 print or 9cm square
  • Learn how to use traditional cutting tools to create different types of marks and textures on a lino plate
  • Learn how to ink up and print your own lino plate
  • You will be able to take away your printing plate and continue printing your design again and again at home

Please wear clothing suitable for an art class.

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Glass Fusing

Have a go at different techniques of glass fusing and create your own piece of unique glass artwork to keep.

Working with our experienced teacher you’ll learn how to use some of the essential materials and tools needed for fusing glass. You’ll be guided every step of the way in creating your glass art and you’ll be developing your skills in working with glass and expressing your creativity.

Glass is an amazing medium to work with and produces beautiful results. We offer monthly evening workshops for complete beginners to produce 2 coasters or a panel of glass. The glass work is left with us to fire in our glass kiln and is ready around a week later to collect.

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Polymer Clay Jewellery

If you are looking for a fun evening out with friends in Eastbourne why not try out a creative jewellery making class. This is a fun workshop working with polymer clay – suitable for all artistic levels with the chance to do something a little bit different while enjoying time with friends and making some gorgeous gifts for yourself.

A fun simple class creating earrings or a necklace. We have all the cutters and tools to produce 5 pieces of jewellery.

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Silver Fingerprint Jewellery

We have a brand new range of personalised gifts – including silver pendants, charms and key rings. Pop into the café and see the Pandora style personalised charm beads, 24ct gold cuff links and personalised leather key rings. We also have charm bracelets, necklaces and charms perfect for that special gift or occasion.

We can take your child’s print or finger prints and can turn your doodles, drawings and messages into silver jewellery that will last a lifetime

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