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Snack while you bake

Turn potter with family and friends while hanging out at the city’s first café cum pottery studio.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2011 16:01 IST
Vijayeta Basu

If you thought baking was only about chocolate cakes and muffins, think again. This unique bakery allows you to snack on pastries while you await your own batch of baked goods: ceramic ware.

After the success of its first two stores at Phoenix Mills and Atria Mall, pottery studio Make n Bake will open its first café in Juhu tomorrow, offering customers live firing facilities. The paint-your-own-pottery studio cum café is the brainchild of 27-year-old Sanchi Dharia, who trained in the art of ceramic pottery in New York. The store not only allows you to make your own unique ceramic art, but also has space for patrons to lounge around, sipping on lattes or snacking on pastries.

On being asked why she decided to combine the store with a café, Sanchi says, “I noticed that a lot of people were waiting for long durations as the process of painting takes time, so it made sense to throw a café into the mix where people can have a place to unwind while they are painting or waiting for others”. This element, according to Sanchi, makes the store fun for “young adults and teenagers to hang out at or an innovative place to go out on dates.”

She’s also hoping to lure families in, where parents and kids can indulge their creative sides together. At the studio, age and experience don’t matter as the pottery painting process is simplified by attendants. You can just choose a ceramic piece, pick a design and paint away. For the artistically challenged, help is provided in the form of idea books, tracing papers and stencils. For those who truly want to challenge themselves, the new café is fully equipped with glazing facilities, allowing you to learn to create the glossy finish outlook of your ceramic piece yourself.