Our Story

I’m passionate about bringing kids back to the kitchen table and empowering them with the tools to imagine, design and create. Oglee Poglee was born when I discovered the joy of spending time creating with my own children.

I’m Claire Gillespie, Founder of Oglee Poglee, mum of two boys, and champion for unleashing kids’ creativity. I’m passionate about bringing kids back to the kitchen table and empowering them with the tools to imagine, craft! Oglee Poglee was born when I discovered the joy of spending time creating with my own children. I soon became fascinated by the way they would look at the simplest resources – finding fun ways to play, explore, and bring everyday objects alive!

Old tubs, carboard boxes, tubes, rice, dried pasta, tape… With my boys, everyday items suddenly become the basis for endless fun imaginings. Together we would chat and stick, paint and build, laugh and tell stories with our masterpieces – making memories we all cherish. Oglee Poglee was launched to help other families have the same fun! To help parents unleash their kids’ creativity and experience the delight of making things together.

To help parents unleash their kids’ creativity and experience the delight of making things together.

In modern family life, too often creative expression gets lost in favour of school curriculum and after school activities. I wanted to make it easier for families to embrace the joy of creative freedom and having fun with crafts. Now, Oglee Poglee does just that – offering a range of imaginative children’s workshops, family events and creative party bags! We know what huge benefits children gain from being allowed to get their hands messy, use their imagination, and create. It’s the perfect environment to be themselves and gain confidence.

We are passionate about nurturing their imagination, allowing them the tools to explore, experiment and create – on their terms. Where school prescribes ‘artistic process’ – our focus is on allowing children to explore and express their own ideas and techniques. With no instructions or pictures to follow, they’ll always find their own way to do things – and the results are astounding.

All Oglee Poglee’s workshops and craft kits are inspired by the children

All Oglee Poglee’s workshops and craft kits are inspired by the children I’ve worked with. Created to bring quality materials to your young creative geniuses so they can enjoy the thrill of bringing their imagination to life.

I’m supported by a team of DBS-checked, arty adventurers who are just as passionate about seeing kids and parents experience the magic of craft. With us it’s never just about the product your children make – it’s about the creative journey and the hours of fun spent playing with their creations after.

We’re believers in less screen time, more fun!

The Team

Claire

Claire is the Founder of Oglee Poglee. A former glass-blower, with a 3D Design Degree, 8 years’ experience managing arts events, crafting is in her blood. Her two boys encouraged her to bring her passions together – motherhood and creativity – and Oglee Poglee was born.

It’s hard to choose one!  I loved paper mache as a kid, all that squishy goo stuck to your fingers and the endless hours waiting for your creation to dry before you could paint it. Play dough is also awesome. You can make it in about 5 minutes and then spend hours making all sorts of crazy stuff with the kids.

A tough question as each one is unique.  Unicorns and rainbows are super cool and very on trend right now.  I am not normally into super girly things but these are very cute.  I love to make the woodland party bags, the colours are so autumnal and the little paper hedgehogs are just adorable.  Super fiddly to make but worth it for the cute factor.

A big yummy meal and a game of something.  In the summer it’s  French cricket in the garden and in the winter it’s board games or Uno.  I am pretty competitive and love a good game.

Oglee Poglee is a word that’s been in my family since I was little.  It’s the word my mum used for anything when she couldn’t find something. “Where’s the Oglee Poglee” was often shouted in my house!  Ha ha fun times.

“ I want to say thank you for a great workshop yesterday! All 3 of mine loved it and got something out of it, which is hugely unusual being 6, 4 and 2!  See you again in half term!”

Hannah, St Albans