The Studio

The Studio

We are Saanich and Victoria’s best paint your own pottery studio. Come drop in for a relaxing, fun time. We have space to host parties of all varieties and accommodate drop in guests at any time.

We strive to maintain a green environment. In our studio every effort is taken to reduce, re-use and recycle. Initiatives such as: using environmentally friendly cleaning products, only stocking reusable wash cloths, towels and sponges (no paper towel), composting all used tea bags and tea leaves, recycling bins for paper, plastic, bottles and cans, and cardboard. The tea we serve in our studio is 100% organic and completely direct trade.

Guests come to paint in our studio for a variety of reasons. Some say it’s for the therapeutic atmosphere, with great music and the zen-like practice of focusing on the painting. Others come to be social and catch up with friends instead of going  to a coffee house, here they can drink tea, paint and catch up on the latest gossip. We have families of all shapes and sizes who make Fired Up! Their monthly bonding place, it’s a great way to get out of the house and away from the TV, for less than the cost of a movie, it’s fun for the whole gang.

We strive to keep our prices affordable for anyone and everyone, starting at just $1.50 for a small piece all the way to $200 for our extravagant pieces. We keep an average price of $25 and do our best to have something in that rage in each category of item. With over 150 different pieces to choose from, we like to think there’s something for everyone.

We are located on bus routes a short distance from the University of Victoria and Cammosun college. We welcome students every day, especially Friday nights from 7-10:30pm where we give 10% off with a valid student ID.

If you have any suggestions or ideas about how we can improve our company we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to email us at [email protected]


STAFF

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Janna

As our fearless leader you can meet Janna in person at the studio most days. She is always happy to greet new guests and make friends.

Q: Tell us a bit about where you come from?

Janna: Well, I like to say I am from everywhere. Growing up I moved with my parents about every two years. We journeyed from Ft. Mc. Murray Alberta where I was born, all across Canada and back. I landed in Victoria for university in 2006 and fell in love (with the city first, but also with a man) which kept me here through my school days, with a brief eight months stint on the big island of Hawaii. Theoretically, I am from hard work, determination, play, and thinking outside the box.

Q: When did you begin your art journey?

Janna: A looooong time ago in a land far, far away. Well, maybe not  that long ago. I can’t remember the first time I picked up a paint brush, but I do remember the day I fell in love with painting on ceramics, it was a birthday party at a paint your own ceramics studio when I was 5. And the rest, as they say, is history. Through school, in every class I was “that kid” who got on the nerves of every teacher because she was drawing instead of listening. I was lucky to be moved to the fine arts program where I felt more at home.

Q: What do you do outside of Fired Up!?

Janna: I like to think I have an adventurous spirit, I enjoy finding new places and doing things I have never done before. I also like to swim, see movies, and spend time with friends and family. Outside of the usual distractions I like to pay attention to world events and speculate on what I would do if I ran it (the world, that is), then debate with my counterpart Ryan who always has two cents to put in. We now have a new addition to our family, our son, who keeps us very busy all day (and some of the night) and I am very muc enjoying learning about the world through his eyes. I am also very excited that I have my own baby to do loads of hand and foot print examples!

Q: What is your favorite color?

Janna: Red! For as long as I can remember. It’s such a great color to describe any feeling; passion, fear, excitement, romance, anger, joy, you name it.

Q: What is your favorite tea to sip in the studio?

Janna: Depending on my mood I usually like to sip Ruby Pagoda or Anglewater when i’m feeling like something calming and herbal. When I need a pick-me-up I go strait for the Roasted Yerba Mate.

Q: What is something you would like our guests to know?

Janna: I am a sucker for a good pun! Once I was in a drama about puns, really it was just a play on words.

Ryan

 

“The brains of the operation”

Q: Tell us a bit about where you come from?

Ryan: I’m of two minds on this one, so this will be a choose your own adventure sort of game. If left brain dominant, choose response A. If right brain dominant, choose response A’. If you are a well balanced individual or have some free time, take the derivative of  response A and integrate A’.

Response A:

I came, by way of the interior, to Uvic in 2001. Six years, six COOP’s and 150+ credits at Uvic culminated in my degree in Mechanical Engineering and a dabbling in a business minor.

Response A’:

Assembled in the cosmos, twice fully digested and respirated thousands of times by dinosaurs, dictators and donkey’s,  Ryan’s current form was assumed in 1982AD. Born a leo to 30 years of rainless summer birthdays, he was nurtured as a special benevolent with the ego to match.  Always conflicted and driven half mad by the constant bickering between the raging capitalist libertarian and the sock and sandal wearing hippie in his mind, Ryan settled on the west coast as a product of his weakness for scholarship money and as a balance to all those sunny birthdays.

A climate most conducive to socks and sandals only sweetened the deal for both sides given the increased consumerism required in excess wool sock wear, with additional dryer time being offset by the decreased use of foot odour products

Q: When did you begin your art journey?

Ryan: I’m not a believer in the arbitrary delineation of beginnings and ends. As a founding principal of my Consequence of Proceeding Events (COPE), art has always been a part of my life, suppressed at moments, exhibited in many forms, especially through my high school and engineering years.

Q: What do you do outside of Fired Up!?

Ryan: I operate the company Emergent Access which so far unsuccessfully aspires to accommodate all of the fleeting passions that I have. I also spend an excessive amount of time imagining the iterations of paths that I could choose to follow and seeking perfection.

Q: What is your favorite tea to sip in the studio?

Ryan: I tend to sip, nay, guzzle large cups of Chai with honey and cream.

 

IMG_1098Meaghan – Party Manager – Meaghan is in charge of the birthday parties, adult parties, traveling parties and she even loves to party!

1. I am a born and raised Victorian and first generation Canadian.
2. My first self portrait aged 4 is still hiding in a pile of papers somewhere. I have been in every art camp, art class and anything else art themed since.
3. Pink. And Glitter. Pink Glitter.
4. I am currently a student studying French and Art Education. I am a passionate music lover and a major foodie.
5. Ruby Pagoda
6. I would visit all my favorite art galleries after hours and enjoy the works all to myself.
7. Candy Cane ice cream.

1924329_10152198756300036_4956955742525357419_nKristin – General Manager – All things pretty and glitter. That’s Kristin

1. Q:Tell us a bit about where you come from: A:I come from a land far away. Where the sky is purple and the water is 82 shade of blue/teal/aqua. Animals and people live together and I regularly had tea with Aurora the Moose and Liam the Stag. I actually was born and raised in Victoria and area, except 6 years when Alberta seemed like a cool place to live. But I’m an island girl and this is home.
2.Q: Where did your art journey begin?  A:It began before I can remember. It’s always been my passion and my heart. I love to create and feel antsy when I’m not.
3. Q: What is your favourite colour? A: Purple!…and aqua…and the rainbow(with pink instead of red) and glitter!!!!
4. Q:What other things do you do outside of Fired Up!? A: Explore beaches and forests with my husband and our two kids. I also spend time as a face painter :)
5. Q: What is your favourite tea to sip in the studio?  A: Angel Water or Early Grey
6. Q: What is one thing people should know about you? A:I have emitephobia. It’s real and I am not making it up. And I know it’s weird.
7. Q: What was the last thing you donated to a thrift store? A: Books

And the rest of our amazing staff at Fort Street (in no particular order):

12662718_10153399524977883_3993580848988570618_nShea (Shea-O-K!)

1. One thing people should know about me is that i love adventures, no matter where they take me!
2. Favorite tea: Green Dragon
3. Favorite colour: Pink

unnamed-2 Emily

1. I’m an expert at maximizing population happiness in SimCity 2000. If you remember that game, the key is….public libraries.

2. A blend of Silk Road Chai and Philosohers Brew that my awesome studio pal Michelle mixed up for me.

3. Glow in the dark electric blue.

FullSizeRender Jessica (Sparky)

1. You should know that I like to sing and dance while I work, so watch out for my dance moves! I am friendly and energetic, and I find rainy days relaxing.
2. Blood Orange! Sounds kind of morbid but it’s absolutely delicious! Japanese Sour Cherry is a close second.
3. I love Yellow!

 


 

We are very proud and excited to serve Silk Road tea. There are currently 13 different flavors to choose from. $2 (tax included) Come try some today!

Silk Road teas are 100% organic and completely fair and direct trade. Heck, that’s why we chose them. Here’s what they say about Silk Road:

“Centuries ago, the Silk Road was a caravan route along which merchants from ports as mysterious and remote as India, Turkey, China and Sumatra traded exotic silks and priceless spice for gold and jewels.

One of the most revered and coveted treasures brought from these mythical lands was tea. Our tea masters follow ancient tea blending principles that began with the earliest monks and herbalists. We blend premium organic loose teas, using only 100% natural flavourings because of their superior taste and earth friendly methods of extraction.

silk road was created in 1992 by two women who were taught the Chinese tea tradition and blending techniques by Chinese Tea Masters and Herbalists. Teas are thus prepared in the time honoured tea tradition. The silk road art of tea blending ensures that the character of the plant retains its essential harmony and is enhanced by the ingredients with which it is paired.

silk road is a community minded company that actively supports many charitable, cultural and non-profit organisations, such as the Victoria Women’s Transition House, the Inter-Cultural Association and the Victoria Art Gallery.

silk road prides itself on being a green company. We place a strong emphasis on environmental responsibility and pursue an environmentally friendly purchasing policy. Our environmental approach begins at the source by focusing on how the ingredients in our products are grown and continues all the way through to the packaging that is used.

We emphasize the use of minimal, eco-friendly materials in our packaging, as they represent a lesser impact on the environment. We package all of our products in fully recyclable containers and we advocate the importance of re-use in waste reduction. We encourage our retail customers and corporate accounts to reduce waste by offering discounts on product refill as an incentive. Our retail store wraps purchases in recycled paper and promotes the use of recyclable, re-usable gift bags and boxes instead of giftwrap.

We follow this environmentally friendly policy right through to our mail order department. All packaging used to ship parcels from Silk Road consists of re-used materials that would otherwise be recycled, or thrown out if they’re not recyclable. We collect and then re-use all boxes and packaging materials that were originally used for shipping product and merchandise to us – from plastic bags, to paper, styrofoam popcorn, cardboard, and anything in-between that we receive in a shipment from someone else. By re-using boxes, cardboard, and other materials, instead of just recycling them, we are taking a further step to lessen waste. We also try to limit the amount of packaging that is used when shipping materials. As part of their training, our employees are taught to minimize waste and find ways to reduce packaging as much as possible.”