Our Story

Rachel Byass ceramics (once known as Fired Art Designs) was opened as a Pottery/Ceramics in 1983 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.

Having been in lock down for while due to Covid 19 we have completely renovated the studio and brought the clay area downstairs and the studio has been fully tiled.

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 redesigned to hold up to 8 cars. The studio has full wheelchair access downstairs. We also have accommodation in two apartments sleeping up to 10 people on an event over both apartments.

About Rachel

Over the years I have completed various training courses to perfect my skills in both Pottery and Ceramic Design work.

I love what I do which makes it a pleasure to provide a relaxing and enjoyable experience bring out the 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 knowledge and experience with my students to enable them to build up their skills.

At the studio we host Special Events in ceramics and pottery such as Hen/ Stag nights or afternoons, Lady’s nights and other events including Corporate events. We are able to tailor each event to the needs of the group and can cater for between 6 and 16 people over 7 days a week. This can be at the studio as well as on a mobile basis. I also am involved in training adults with special needs which I love to do.

I enjoy the work on the pottery wheel and can offer one to one as well as group tuition. It’s amazing what people can produce on the potter’s wheel with someone to guide and support them.

About Liz

Liz has worked with Rachel for 24 years and loves to teach and is the great organiser in the team. Liz has also gained a teaching certification in Duncan ceramics and done lots of courses over the years.

Rachel and Liz would love to hear from you and help you organise that perfect event or just a visit to the studio

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 worldwide.

To book the 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.

Opening Times

By Appointment Only

Monday – Sunday

10am – 5pm