Claygate’s local ‘paint your own ceramics’ studio was first opened in 1999 under the Brush & Bisque-It franchise and in September 2003, it was taken over by local girl Hannah Young. Hannah worked hard to put her own stamp on the studio but this proved quite difficult under the restrictions of the Brush & Bisque-It franchise.
The franchise group closed three years after Hannah started but unusually for a franchise, any remaining Brush & Bisque-It studios were allowed to continue trading under the name. However, when a new lease for 7 The Parade was secured, Hannah felt it was the ideal time to cut the ties with Brush & Bisque-It and chose to rebrand and relaunch the studio under a new name.
The studio was closed for a period of five days in May 2009 and during this time Hannah, along with friends and family, worked tirelessly to get all the work done! As well as the decorating, new lights were fitted, a new kiln was installed and all the signage was updated; Ceramica was opened on 16th May, after almost six years under her ownership.
It was a challenge to turn Brush & Bisque-It into Ceramica in just five days, but it was achieved nonetheless, and all those involved in the transformation have been extremely pleased with the result. More importantly though, Ceramica has received a positive response from customers.