At Rachel Byass Ceramics in Pontefract West Yorkshire we run Pottery Wheel Experiences for age 6 years to adults.

The Pottery runs  wheel sessions daily for 1 to 16 people so you can have a private lesson anytime.

The well-equipped studio has 5 wheels as well as smaller shimpo wheel which we go mobile with within a 50 mile radius of Pontefract .

Our most senior potter was 95 years old and it had been on her bucket list for 50 years, the youngest was 7 months doing the baby extremely messy experience producing a paper weight.

25 Years Experience


Rachel has been teaching the wheel for over 25 years and has a real passion for it no matter how young or old you are. She has endless passions, and nothing is too much trouble.

On all the below experiences you make 1 to 8 pots depending on which one you book and in all cases,  you paint it on the same day. All your pots are then fired to bisque temperatures making them food safe and functional. They are then glazed for you to pick up within 8 days. Alternatively, you can have them posted out to you for an additional cost.

Half and all-day Corporate, Hen, Stag events are all available tailor made to suit the group with or without food to suit your needs.

Availble Courses

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    Full Day Pottery Wheel Experience set dates up to 4 places

    £150.00 £100.00 Add to cart
  • Full Day Wheel Experience for 1 to 4 persons date to suit you

    £150.00£375.00 Select options
  • Half Day Pottery Wheel Experience

    £90.00£315.00 Select options
  • One hour pottery wheel experience

    £30.00£120.00 Select options
  • The Baby Wheel Experience

    £30.00 Add to cart
  • Two Hour Pottery Wheel Experience

    £50.00£200.00 Select options

Our Residential Accommodation

We have two apartments one sleeps 6 the other 4 should you want accommodation for a special occasion.Both are on Airbnb and are of 58 rating and of a superhost status.


The course includes 2 nights’ accommodation on Friday and Saturday with continental breakfast. It has everything for self catering.

Refreshments and light lunch Saturday and Sunday are also included, Tuition Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm. All materials and firings.


How to wedge clay

Centre clay

Make a Cylinders

Make a Vase

Altered bowl with a foot which you will put handles on

Plant pot.

Jug with a handle

Paint all your pots ready for firing

Your pots can then all be fired for you and posted out to you if you wish (£12 extra).

We have 5 wheels. If you wish you can also go on the slab roller and make a pot. Maximum of 8 pots made and fired.

Cost per head is £270 or if you are happy to share a room with a colleague or friend the cost is £470 for two. We can tailor make this weekend for a group of friends or a hen weekend with both apartments for up to 10/12 as we also have a friend with an air B&B which sleeps two only 2 miles. If you only want one night and one day the cost is £140 for one and £245 for 2 sharing a room

Opening Times

By Appointment Only

Monday – Sunday

10am – 5pm