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Quirky things to do in Glasgow: The Craft Pottery

When you think of Glasgow, it’s unlikely your first thought is an evening of wine drinking and pottery painting. Yet, The Craft Pottery is one of Glasgow’s newest art hubs and it’s a hit with the locals.

Situated in the city centre of Glasgow, The Craft Pottery is only about a ten-minute walk from Glasgow Central Station. It’s an independent and contemporary pottery and craft studio with lots on offer for all levels of clay makers and painters.

During its busiest spells, which are usually during any school holidays and at the weekends, you may have to book to reserve a spot as places can fill up quickly. Bookings are not required for parties smaller than six, so on a regular day you can simply pop by and browse the range of pre-made pieces ready for you to paint, or ask to book a pottery lesson for another time.

The Craft Pottery allows customers to paint ceramic bisque pieces (pottery blanks) in a relaxed and creative environment. And, anything that you paint you will have to leave with The Craft Pottery for about a week, so they can glaze and fire it for you. All pieces are food, dishwasher and microwave safe.

There is an array of stencils, stamps, samples and tools to help you paint your best work and the staff are always friendly and helpful and ready to share their expertise.

For the over 18’s, you will be pleased to know that The Craft Pottery hold a “Bring your Own Bottle” policy with free corkage. This make the spot the perfect date night for both friends and lovers, or the perfect sanctuary for anyone seeking some quiet downtime.

Party services and packages are also available, as is a selection of handmade pottery pieces created by The Craft Pottery’s in-house potter.

On offer are also some bi-monthly, hand-building pottery classes. These can cater to both adults and children, as well as private, pottery throwing classes for all ages.

And, it’s the perfect opportunity to make some memories that allows you to splash some paint without having to splash the cash.


There is a flat £3 per painter, which allows unlimited time and paint colours. All pieces are priced individually, meaning they vary due to specific but they range from £1 to £34. However, most options range between £7 and £17 and the most popular ones sit at a decent tenner. And if you’d rather purchase something crafted by a profession, The Craft Pottery also sell handmade & hand-decorated pottery made on-site – ranges from £3 to £40.

Tracy Andrews who was visiting The Craft Pottery with her children for the first time said she was surprised it had taken her so long to discover the place. She said “I honestly never knew this was here until I read about it online one day after a mum from Nursery told me.

“She highly recommended it for the kids. Her kids loved it and I have a 4-year-old and an 6-year-old who with me today. As you can see no paint’s gone to waste here.

“I can’t wait to come back over the summer.”

A couple who were on an anniversary date to The Craft Pottery, took five from working on their masterpieces to praise the artsy spot. Amy Singleton said: “I come here a lot on my own. I’m a fourth year art student at Glasgow School of Art, which can be stressful, so I like to come here for a bit of fun and a break from all the serious deadlines.

“I thought it’d be nice to bring my boyfriend, David, here for our three-year anniversary. It’s great that you can drink in here!

“But definitely make sure you plan ahead if you have anywhere to be after this because you will honestly lose track of time.”

Location and details:

Although opening hours are subject to change, The Craft Pottery is nearly always open after 5pm.

Mon Closed
Tue 11:00 – 18:00
Wed – Thu 11:00 – 20:00
Fri – Sat 11:00 – 22:00
Sun 11:00 – 18:00


120 West Campbell Street, Glasgow City Centre G2 4TZ


The Craft Pottery website

About Hannah McLaren

Hannah is Head of Design for our print magazine, The Pattern, and is a student journalist with an interest in writing cultural, social, community and arts features.

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