Rachel Byass Ceramics, pottery teacher

Rachel Byass Ceramics

Rachel Byass Ceramics

location_on Pontefract, Wakefield

local_activity classes: Wheel ThrowingCeramic Painting and GlazingPotteryPainting

5.0 (31)
Facebook likes4.3 stars (65+)

Rachel Byass Ceramic studio has been open for 38 years. We have a variety of resources and tools to making claying around with pottery a lot of fun. We do wheel throwing pottery, paint your own pottery, parties, events and more.

Rachel also has taught world wide and has also published a book on design for ceramics and more. Rachel's studio is a 200 year old mill that has 5 wheels, clay extrude and slab rollers and lots of other equipment.





Libby Jul 2024

I had chosen the pottery wheel throwing class from a list of activities from my work's social bonus fund. Our teacher Rachael was great. I have tried wheel throwing before, but never managed to create anything I would like to take home. Rachael showed us what to do, and advised how to pull it back when it was going slightly wrong. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to picking up my plant pot!

Teacher's response

It was lovely to meet you and Im glad you did so well. see you soon its dry and ready for the first firing Rachel

Anne Forbes Jun 2024

Pottery wheel session - had a great time really informative and supportive teacher. Amazing class would highly recommend

Jill Hallgarth May 2024

Really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it.
Rachel was very patient and helpful.
Thank you

Sarah Atkinson May 2024

Great day, I just want to keep making more now pots now :) Will be looking for a return visit at some point.

Elizabeth Cooper May 2024

My partner and I really enjoyed this class. Rachel was knowledgeable and made the class easy to follow but also a learning opportunity to try a new skill. I would definitely go back and have another go!

Melanie Jenkins May 2024

This. Was a mother's day treat. Good teacher. Venue was very good. Really enjoyed it.

Mark L Evans Feb 2024

Great experience. Teacher very patient and clear with instruction.
All materials provided.loiing forward to picking up our decorated and fired pot soon.

Teacher's response

Thank you for taking the time review it always help others know what to expect

Joy Parkinson Feb 2024

A great experience using a gift voucher from hubbyRachel was very informative and patient, sharing her ideas. The venue is ideal, all the equipment we needed and more! I made a vase and look forward to seeing the result when it's fired. Good to meet new people and felt ok as a solo pupil Really enjoyed the 2 hours and would recommend.

Richard Towse Jan 2024

Brilliant time had and very fun.
100% for all experiences to enjoy.
Relaxed environment and lovely helpful team.

Phillipa Parnell Nov 2023

My husband and I really enjoyed the class. The teacher was extremely knowledgeable and thorough and the whole session was paced very well. We would love to go again and do more.

Callum Worsnop Sep 2023

We had such a great day. Rachel is lovely and went at a perfect pace for us having never done this before. We would book again.

Teacher's response

Thank you Callum you would be very happy for you to return.

Rachel Sep 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended

Had a great time. Bowl j made turned out great thanks to the tutors help. Very helpful friendly and full of advice and tips.

Thomas Bagnall Jun 2023

Great value for money. Rachel has an intimate and welcoming space which was a lovely environment to learn a new skill in. A very wholesome day spent with my partner we would both love to come back one day :)

Pottery class review by Thomas Bagnall - Wakefield

John Brady Jun 2023

Good location, parking available.
Teacher personable, relaxed, friendly and highly skilled.
Lovely environment to learn. This was a birthday present for our 12 year old and it was perfect , the class had a large age range and adults and kids alike really enjoyed being able to produce a pot on the wheel ! Big recommendaction from us

Pottery class review by John Brady - Wakefield

Nicola Parkinson Jun 2023

I recently attended this pottery class and had an amazing experience! Rachel was knowledgeable, patient, and made the material easy to understand. The class was well-structured, and i felt like i learned a lot in just a few hours. An overall great experience and would highly recommend!

Peter Beardshaw May 2023

Had a fabulous time in our two hour pottery throwing taster class. There were only four of us and the teacher… Rachel was fantastic… very patient, never made us feel we were doing it “wrong “ and created something useful! Great time xxx

Ron Nielson Mar 2023

It was a wonderful experience for myself and my 90 year old mum.
From start to finish we felt at ease with the teacher. Her instructions were clear and precise. Her guidance and enthusiasm throughout the teaching made us feel confident and reassured.
It was worth the money.

Wheel Throwing Taster Class review by Ron Nielson - Wakefield

Katie Jones Feb 2023

We did the half day wheel throwing class with Rachel. There were 4 of us: 2 adults, 2 kids (plus a baby). Rachel was very accommodating and helpful. We each made and painted 2 beautiful items: bowls, pen pots and plant pots.

Dana Priest Feb 2023

Fantastic full day of pottery throwing.
Bought it for my partners birthday and then decided to also come along. It doesn’t disappoint shown step by step of what to do Rachel was brilliant showing patience when i had forgotten a bit.
Need to take packed lunch apron is provided.
I’m glad I went in joggers has it gets messy.
Would definitely do it again
Worth the amount for the full day

Pottery class review by Dana Priest - Wakefield

Melissa Lee Jan 2023

Rachel was a great teacher and very patient. This was my first experience wheel throwing and it was really fun! Would definitely recommend.

Pottery class review by Melissa Lee - Wakefield

James Grove Jan 2023

Had an excellent half day session yesterday with Rachel. Made 2 products, a dog bowl and a regular bowl. My parter made a mug and a cereal bowl. There was a huge amount of options of things for us to make. Rachel was an incredibly good teacher and lovely to talk to throughout the day. I have never thrown before but by the second pot I was making surprising progress. Would recommend for people of all skill levels as Rachel's teaching style is incredibly adaptable.

Antonia Hickey Nov 2022

Really enjoyed this class lots of fun and very informative. Lady was lovely to talk to.

Half-day Wheel Throwing Class review by Antonia Hickey - Wakefield

Frank Jay Oct 2022

Just had an amazing half day with Rachel Byass, who very patiently guided myself and partner the art of pot making, from throwing clay onto the wheel to painting the finished "work of art". Very friendly and so knowledgeable.
Would highly recommend one think ticked off our bucket list

Mr Bayley Jul 2022

Great fun, easy to follow and got some great results even as a complete beginner!

Hannah Webb Apr 2022

Rachel was really friendly as was her assistant!
The lesson was really laid back and enjoyable, but also informative!
Really enjoyed it, definitely would recommend for any age!

Helen Whitehead Mar 2022

I chose the half-day course and thoroughly enjoyed my time with Rachel. I now have a new plant pot holder & bowl to find a home for, once they've been fired.

Pippa Lupton Mar 2022

A lovely session, we both really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Would highly recommend.

Lynn Shepherd Feb 2022

Had a great day,teacher was friendly and helpful,as was her helper. Went above and beyond to make sure you had a good experience.

Matthew Whittle Jan 2022

Rachel was generous, friendly, welcoming and a brilliant teacher. Would highly, highly recommend! So pleased with what we made.

Half-day Wheel Throwing Class review by Matthew Whittle - Wakefield

Jo Bloor Oct 2021

Rachel was lively and so knowledgeable. We had a fab time and really enjoyed throwing a pot for the first time. Highly recommended

Saarah Khan Oct 2021

Awesome class! Was very enjoyable and Rachel was lovely and very helpful from start to finish! Extremely happy with the end result and I would definitely recommend it to everyone to try out! Thank you Rachel

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