We all know by now a little of what The Pulse in Repulse Bay has to offer, but I recently visited to check out the stylish new Southside branch of Loveramics. I was lucky enough to have a ceramic date with Grace Ching, co-founder of Loveramics, to discuss everything ceramic (and not). As I entered this little nest of goodies, my magpie-like eyes could hardly contain themselves! I have been a huge fan of this contemporary homeware brand since I first stumbled upon their store in Sheung Wan, and every time I enter one of their stores I get more excited to discover their unique designs.
I decided to take my daughter along for the ride to make it a mother and daughter outing in anticipation of the Easter holidays. My daughter is only 5 months old, but even at this age it was a fun & creative afternoon. I think Sophia enjoyed it, and I certainly did. Grace very kindly guided us through our options of what we could paint and all the different methods of painting we could use. My daughter is at that stage where she loves to grab everything (my poor hair), so finger painting it was.
We had a choice of painting a plate, a mug or a small bowl and we opted for a mug. While we picked our paint colours, Grace spoke to me about the business. The ceramic side of the business has been in the family for quite some time, but it wasn’t until the husband and wife duo decided to create a brand for themselves that Loveramics was born. Grace is a Sassy Mama as well, if you weren’t impressed already. Not only does she run a fantastic business, but she also has three beautiful children and still has the time to look effortlessly chic. I’m impressed that I just about manage with one…
Once we had finished our ‘masterpiece’ of a mug that any mama would be proud of, it was popped into a kiln for a week, after which it would be ready for collection. This painting session got me super excited, as we all know that there really isn’t much in the great 852 that can entertain both parent and child; this was a great marriage of fun and sophistication. The space can be hired out for birthday parties, which is perfect as your little tinkers can have a good run on the beach afterwards. Another option is if you’ve got a wee one like me, why not invite your playgroup along for an afternoon of finger painting while sipping from a selection of locally roasted coffees or organic teas, and gain a cherished ‘heirloom’ at the end of it? I think it would also be a fantastic venue for a baby shower or hen party (I’m always on the lookout for alternative ideas).
I can’t wait to see how my little munchkin’s mug turns out and, even though this was a gift to me for Easter (as this was my Easter egg alternative this year, well, maybe!), I think now would be a great time to get yourself over to Loveramics to make up some beautiful gifts. I know Grandma would absolutely love an item for the sideboard. Then after all the hard work of painting, take a gander around the store and be inspired by their latest collections for that ‘summer 15’ look or pick up that must-have salad/pasta bowl before BBQ and junk season kicks in. I have every intention of doing this when I go to collect my mug.
What are you waiting for? Ready, steady, paint…
Price: $400. This price includes 1 piece of ceramic, all tools and brushes, and 1 tea/coffee/soft drink. (I think this is a steal as the whole session lasts for around 2 hours and you actually have something to show for it!).
Opening Hours: 11am-7pm
Loveramics, Shop 207, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong; www.loveramics.com/pages/loveramics-workshop