The new owner of Kilnwood Studio in Uckfield High Street is settling in and looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to the pottery painting centre.
Jane DeVay was lucky to have the support of her whole family when getting ready to open, from her mother Jean Sallows to her three daughters Hannah, Phoebe and Eleanor, Eleanor’s boyfriend Sam, and also her niece Charlotte Berry.
Jane’s previous job was helping to coordinate activities at Forest Lodge Care Home and before that she spent eight years as a cook wherever she was needed in primary schools in and around Uckfield.
It was by chance that she heard the Kilnwood Pottery business, at 105 High Street, was for sale and was asked whether she knew of anyone who might be interested in taking it over. “I thought, you know, I might go for it myself.”
Jane says she isn’t artistic but that doesn’t matter, she does enjoy meeting and working with people and anyone can paint beautiful pottery thanks to the variety of stencils available if they daren’t risk painting freehand.
Jane added that the activity itself is a fun and therapeutic thing to do appealing to young and old alike.
She said: “It is ideal for toddlers and adults to come in during the day, we can hold parties in the afternoon for school age children and friends can get together here in the evenings to enjoy painting pottery over a glass of wine and laughter.”
If you would like to try your hand at pottery painting please contact Jane on 01825 749627 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. “You don’t need to be an artist,” she said. “Just come and have some fun.”