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Start Your Own Ceramic cafe Business courses 2019

Start your own Pottery PYOP  Business Training courses

Be your own Boss and Set up your own “Paint Your Own Pottery Café”

We do one to one tailor-made Training, for Ceramic Cafes and Mobile Pottery Businesses. Courses run 7 days a week to suit your every need.

When you are looking into running your own Ceramic Cafe it is quite a daunting, but an exciting time. There are lots of questions you will have and these need answering before you even start looking for a shop. We are here to help you with those questions and answers so please give Rachel a call on 0797 0793 727 anytime to answer some of your initial questions.

Ceramics and Pottery businesses have been around in the UK for over 38 years. Rachel has had her own business in Ceramics for 34 years and has run both a Mobile Ceramic as well as a High Street Ceramic Cafe/Gift Shop along with a manufacturing unit to supply herself and other studios with bisque.

To date we have opened over 392 ceramic businesses worldwide, who have benefited from our training and ongoing Free 24/7 Support, which is unique to Fired Art Designs. We have a WhatsApp for those who have set up, so your questions are answered on a daily basis.

Open Your Own Café

We can offer Kilns, Training and all materials needed to set up your new business. This takes all the stress of having to find everything yourself and you can be up and running literally within weeks.

Rachel also runs Fired Art Designs which was established 34 years ago. She has 12 Ceramic Certifications and 4 Certifications in Decorative Art. Rachel teaches all aspects of Pottery such as “Paint your own Pottery” techniques, Hand Building, Wheel Throwing, Decorative Art, Fine Art and Soap Making.

The Fired Art Studio is open to the public by appointment only, so there is no-one to bother you while you are training, but you can see a Ceramic Studio that has been running a long time, with all the tools and gadgets needed to make it successful. You can even help at a Ceramic Party or do some Work Experience!!

Location for Training and the Cost

Training is available at our location in Pontefract, West Yorkshire on a one to one basis at £400 for two days, Monday to Friday or £600 at the weekend for one person only. Additional people cost £75 mid-week and £100 at weekends.

We also own the Pottery Apartment which can be found on Airbnb 5*+ which sleeps 6 so you can book residential right next door to the Studio.

If you would like Rachel to train you at our own location be it in UK or overseas the cost is £300 a day and £100 a day for travel and all expenses.

Deposit is £100 and non-refundable, but can be transferred if cancellation is within 7 days.


GROUP COURSES (note there will never be more than 5 on this course).

Cost for our small group courses is £300 per person for two days on weekdays only and is a set course from 10am until 5pm once a month.


  • February Monday 18th Tuesday 19th
  • April Monday  17th Tuesday 18th

What is on the 16-hour Group Training Course 9.30am to 5.30pm

How to glaze and load a kiln. Marketing tips, Health and Safety, costing your products, how to run Workshops, tips on Parties’ general tips on running the business and hands on techniques

How to do a Clay Print and dry, colour and fire it. How to Manufacture your own Flatware Bisque and painting it. Banding, use of Sponge -its, Stickers, Styles (note pieces are seasonal) Glaze Prints, Sponging and Finger Painting.
How to transfer a design and the Willow Pattern. Doing the School project. Use of Kemper Tools. Sponge-its and Tapestry Stamps.


We can advise about what sells best and what you need (and don’t need).
We can put together a Package to suit your requirements and your Budget.

Your 16 hours training is tailor-made to suit your Shop or Mobile business as shown below:

  • How to set up, load and fire a Kiln.
  • Kiln maintenance.
  • Dip and Brush Glazing.
  • Go through all the different Planning Permissions you might need
  • Help with a website. We have a webmaster whose charges are extremely reasonable with a portfolio of photos at your disposal should you need them. Average cost £500. All artwork and logos etc. are also available on request.
  • Specialty Glazes e.g. Crystal Glazes
  • Hand and Foot Prints in glaze with baby supplied if necessary!!
  • Clay Imprints.
  • Personalising Pottery. Several types of writing with different products.
  • Pottery painting e.g. use of Stickers, Sponges, Banding Wheel and achieving solid colour.
  • How to transfer Patterns.
  • Making and retailing/wholesaling Finished Ware.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Tube Lining.
  • Running events.
  • Birthday Parties.
  • Knowing your costs.
  • T-Shirt Painting.
  • Hand Building in Clay.
  • “Trouble shooting.” What can go wrong.
  • Brush Strokes.
  • Decorative Art.
  • “Make and Take”.
  • Non-firing products and how to use them.
  • Wheel work.

Please note, all materials, paperwork and meals are included in the two days training.

On booking and paying a £100 deposit you will receive a booking form and a 52-page Manual to read ahead of time.


Hosting a course at your own studio with Rachel Byass

If you would like to host a course at your own studio in UK (overseas available on request) just give us a call and we can Taylor, make it to suit your P.Y.O.P businesses in your area.The cost is £170 per person for 2 days, you will need at least 10 guests and up to 20 maximum.  The host is free if you have 10 or more studios attending and paying £170 each. We will provide everything apart from lunch and brushes which we will have on sale on the day. payment is done directly to Fired art designs in full on booking and is totally refunded if we don’t get 10 guests. If you don’t get 10 guests, the fee can be divided into the other guest should they wish to go ahead minimum fee £1700 for the 2 days. Should a guest wish to cancel there is no refund, but they can sell it to another person.

Courses run from 10am to 5pm with 30 minutes for lunch and 2 10-minute coffee brakes.

Rachel can teach anything to do with clay and bisque painting as well as decorative art. Your workshop is put together after so discussion as to what you want which may be from 1 to 4 items per day depending on how advanced you want the work to be.


If you would like to be trained at your own location this can be arranged. We would come for a minimum of 2 days.


The cost is £400 a day minimum of £800 for up to 3 people training. You would also need to pay for accommodation for up to 4 night depending on how far it is from Pontefract WF8 4JA. Milage is 47p a mile and all other expenses toll fees food would also need to be covered.  Rachel would supply paperwork and some tools and gadgets to play with at the time and paints to try but no bisque.


For more details just call Rachel on 07970793727 or email rachel@firedartdesigns.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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