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Who are we?

Fired Art Designs was opened as a Pottery/Ceramics in 1986 in Pontefract, West Yorkshire by owner Rachel Byass.

The studio has been refurbished to a very high standard from its original use as an old Mill. The building is approximately 200 years old.

In recent years another large room has being added upstairs which accommodates 5 pottery wheels, 2 slab rollers and 6 large extruders.

We have a variety of resources and tools to make “Claying around” with clay a lot of fun.

The free car park has also been re designed to hold up to 8 cars. The studio has full wheelchair access downstairs.

Who is Rachel?

Over the years I have completed various training courses to perfect my skills in both Pottery and Ceramic Design work which means I can provide a relaxing and enjoyable experience which in turn helps to bring out creativity in all ages.

I trained in Ceramics/Pottery and Decorative Art, both in the UK as well as in the US and Canada gaining many teaching Certifications in these subjects  too many to mention.

I take pride in sharing my far reaching knowledge and experience with my students to enable them to build up their skills.

We host Special Events, Hen/ Stag nights or afternoons, Lady’s nights and Childrens Parties which means I can tailor what the group needs to suit them. I have also recently been involved in training adults with special needs which I love to do.

I also enjoy the work on the wheel and we can offer one to one tuition as well as group tuition. Its amazing what people can produce on the potters wheel with someone to guide and support them.

I have some help from my long time friend who helps out on a part time basis as she still has a full time job.

The studio also comes out to groups, nurseries and schools. Workshops for the keen amateurs  as well as professionals are run throughout the year.

Bespoke training for those wanting their own pottery business is available on a one to one basis or a couple from the same business.

To date we have helped open 392 studios world wide.

To book training you need to call first so we can tailor make the training to suit your proposed business set up. Call Rachel on 07970793727 training also comes with a complete package and 24/7 support should you want it, this will make the task of setting up both easy and less stressful.

“Thank you so much for a wonderful training experience. You are a wonderful teacher and your enthusiasm and passion for your craft are a abundant. I feel privileged to have trained with someone who has so much experience and knowledge. There is still much to learn so I am sure to be back for more workshops in the future. I leave with my mind buzzing with ideas itching to put what I have learnt into practice and I have more confidence in my ability to be successful”

S.Hall – January 2017

If you are thinking of opening your own business, I have set up hundreds of “Paint your own Pottery” studios and mobiles worldwide. I provide the training and support you need to be your own independent “Boss”. You can enjoy what I have enjoyed for 33 years.

I have also published a ceramic book for Search Press called the complete Ceramic pattern book published in English and in 2012 also in Russian and have been published in magazines worldwide.

I have demonstrated on a shopping channel call Hochanda doing clay work as well as being a star for a day hosting the channel 4 program Street Date in the studio for a couple to have a date, throw a pot and have afternoon tea in the garden. This was on TV September 2017.

To book Parties, Painting, Wheel experience or to open your own business don’t hesitate to call me on my mobile no 07970793727 and do take a look at our other site www.ceramicstudioinabox.co.uk


The Firs
17 Mill Hill Lane
West Yorkshire
07970 793 727

Fired Art Designs opened a “Paint Your Own Pottery Studio” in 1986 in Pontefract, West Yorkshire by owner Rachel Byass.



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