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Open Your Own Ceramic Cafe or Mobile business training/workshops

Setting up your Ceramic Business one to one courses run every week to suit your needs.

Training Tailor-made for Ceramic Cafe and Mobile Pottery Businesses run every week 7 days a week to suit your every need.

When you are looking into running your own  own Ceramic Cafe it is quite a daunting, but yet exiting time.

There are lots of questions you will have and these need answering before you even start to look into finding a shop. We are here to help you with those questions and answers so please give us a call on 07970793727 anytime and Rachel will be happy to answers some of your initial questions.

Ceramics and Pottery businesses have been around in UK for over 35 years. Rachel has had her own business in Ceramics for 32 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.

Open Your Own Café we can offer Kilns, Training and all materials needed as well as having two locations – Pontefract in West Yorkshire or at your own location. This makes our training quite unique and affordable. Rachel also runs Fired Art Designs which was established 32 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 are able to 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!! When you have done your 2 days training, or on your own premises in the UK or overseas, all your questions will have been covered.

We can advise about what sells best and what you need (and don’t need) and we can put together a Package to suit your needs and your budget. The Package also comes with the added bonus of 24/7 support. This is unique to us, but you are not buying a franchise. Your training is tailor-made to suit your Shop or Mobile business as shown below:

Below are some of the things we can cover but not all of it in two days. Each day is trailer made for you

  • 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
  • Advice with a business plan
  • Help with a website. We have a webmaster whose charges are extremely reasonable.
  • 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
  • Marketing.
  • Running events
  • Birthday Parties
  • Knowing your costs
  • T-Shirt Painting
  • Hand Building in Clay
  • “Trouble shooting.” What can go wrong
  • Brush Strokes
  • Decorative Art
  • Soap making
  • “Make and Take”
  • Non-firing products and how to use them
  • wheel work




Clay Retreat 16th January 2017

The Studio will open at 9pm for Meet and Greet with Coffee/Danish pastry before starting at 9.30. We have a good sized car park for up to 10 cars if you do reverse parking. The Studio seats up to 26 but the Course is only open to 10 maximum. All materials will be provided,  just bring a hair dryer and a box to take your items home. Refreshments are also provided. The course is open to anyone wanting to do clay work, whether you are a total beginner or have done some before. Throughout the day you will use the slab roller, clay extrude, clay paints and lots of tools and gadgets to make clay work a doddle!!

16th full with 10 delegates

repeating on the 23rd one place left  (9 on course)

9am Meet and Greet with coffee and Danish Pastry

9.30am – 11pm we shall make a fairy door from earthenware clay, after drying it a little to leather hard then we paint it with my new clay paints that go on wet clay. This is then ready to take home for you to fire and then dip glaze and re fire, all paperwork is provided for all workshops

11pm coffee and Tea with Biscuits

11.10am making Flat ware, hearts coasters etc. with lettering and embossing, demo on how to clean, dry flat and colour them.

12.00am till 1.15pm we will model an owl or hedgehog incorporating clay lifting.

Lunch at 1.15pm

2pm  – making a bowl using a hump or sag mould. The opportunity to use lots of different techniques to colour it with clay paint.

3.30pm coffee and cake

3.45pm to 5.30pm I will demo how to Hand build a poppy, double rose, along with holly and berry’s, fruits and flowers You can hand make a dish to put them on time allowing.

The day will be very full on and everyone works at a different pace but the opportunity to learn all of the above is available to you and you have the paperwork from the sessions that you do.

I do hope you can join in a fun day at The Pottery. To book please fill in the form below with payment in full for the day or half day you are doing.

On attending you will receive a book of vouchers (worth £300) which you can redeem off goods or any future courses.


Business name



cost £50 due on booking in full

Are you vegetarian …………..

Studio address The Pottery, 17 Mill Hill Lane,  Pontefract,  WF8 4JA West Yorkshire. Map and direction on web site + nearby hotels

Email Face book Be Creative with Rachel Byass – Web site
We do as many of the above thing as time will allow in two day or you can choice to do more days For more details on course dates go to:

Course Schedule 2017

Your training will be planned ahead of time and everything is included – all materials, firings and paperwork. Lunch and a Certificate of Achievement included. Local hotel is available at £50 per night if required. Cost is £200 a day weekend and £150 Monday to Friday the first person on a One to One and + £75 per head for each additional person from the same business. Course runs from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm minimum. You will get through a lot more on a One to One than in a large group. And you pick the projects yourself. Training in Oxfordshire Abbingdon is £600 for two days one to one

Should you want a package from Fired Art Designs, we have everything in stock including kilns and can have you up and running within week and it come with 24/7 free support for any package over £3500 for as long as you wish. Support is also available to anyone who does not want to set up through Rachel at £300 for 12 months paid in advance. We also have Leasing facilities available. Rachel has set up hundreds of Studios, Mobiles, Soft Play and Schools throughout the UK and Europe as well as Australia, USA and even Riyadh to name but a few. Testimonials To book your Training any day of the week ring Rachel anytime on 07970 793727 or email her at




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