Monday, 9 February 2015
Salt Pots Ceramic Studio has occupied this lovely corner shop on the end of Gordon Terrace in Saltaire for quite a while now. It's a paint your own pottery studio. You choose a piece of pre-fired bisque pottery and let your imagination run riot as you paint it however you like. Then they will glaze and fire it for you, to collect in a week or so. You can stay and paint for as long as you want, as much as you want (a whole tea set if you want!), paying only a small studio fee plus the price of your chosen pieces of pottery.
They do children's parties, at the studio or in your own home, and lots of events for adults: hen parties, baby showers, birthdays, business events, team building. They also make keepsakes: personalised gifts for weddings and special occasions, including prints of babies' hands and feet. It all sounds lots of fun, I think. [Note to self.... why have you never tried this?]
Gordon Terrace was originally built in 1871, towards the end of Saltaire's building programme, as row of substantial houses with small gardens. It was gradually converted to shops in the early 1900s. Formerly no 24, now 97 (the properties were renumbered in 1882) this corner plot at the junction of Saltaire Road and Gordon Terrace started out as Charlesworth's grocers. In the 1930s it became a branch of the Halifax Building Society. More recently it has been a picture framers' and art gallery and then a delicatessen and café.