About us

Fired Art Designs opened a “Paint Your Own Pottery Studio” in 1986 in Pontefract, West Yorkshire by owner Rachel Byass. Rachel loves to provide customers with a relaxing and enjoyable experience, helping to bring out the creativity in all ages.

The “Paint your Own Pottery” Studio seats up to 22 people. The studio is just over 200 years old and was an old Mill.

In recent years another large room has being added which has 5 pottery wheels, 2 slab rollers and 6 large extrudes with lots of other tools to make “Claying around” with clay a lot of fun. The free car park has also being re done to hold up to 8 cars. The studio has full wheelchair access.

Rachel enjoys teaching all ability as well as special needs.

Rachel trained in Ceramics/Pottery and Decorative Art, both in the UK as well as in the US and Canada. She gained many teaching Certifications in these subjects. Rachel loves to run Children’s Parties, Hen/ Stag nights or afternoons, Lady’s nights and one to one wheel experiences. We do lots of one to one  as well as small groups.

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, Rachel has set up hundreds of “Paint your own Pottery” studios and mobiles  worldwide, providing the training and support you need to be your own independent “Boss” and enjoy what she has enjoyed for 33 years.

Rachel has also published a ceramic book for Search Press called the complete Ceramic pattern book published in English and in 2012 also in Russian.

Rachel has also being  published in magazines worldwide.

Rachel also has appeared on TV demonstrating clay work as well as 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 Rachel on 07970793727 and do take a look at our other site www.ceramicstudioinabox.co.uk