Fired up Ceramics

Fired Up is a lively community-based ceramics studio on Beeches Industrial Estate in Yate.

At the studio, we make our products by hand from start to finish, slip casting, firing, and then hand painting each item, making every piece unique. We also have a range of handmade items that we have designed and produced; these are sold at a range of outlets including our charity shops.

Throughout the week, we run a range of hobby classes, and we can host private sessions for a party or group activity, so everyone can get creative.

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The pottery is one of Brandon’s thriving social enterprises. It offers people with learning disabilities and autism, practical work experience and training opportunities in a supported and fun environment

Hobby classes

Two women enjoying a pottery class

Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.45am – 12.15pm, for our hobby class. Classes are excellent value at just £5 adults/£4 children (plus the price of any items you paint). Glazed products will be available to collect approximately two weeks after the class.

Groups

Two women making pottery items at a table

If you’re involved in a school or children’s community group such as parent and toddler, Brownies, or Cubs, how about booking a session at our studio? Our staff will advise you on specific designs and ideas that will work for your group and your budget.

Parties and team building

Our parties and team building sessions can be adapted for individual groups. We advise the party organiser to visit us to discuss your requirements.

Our party packages include expert tuition, all paints, glaze, and firing. You’re welcome to bring your own refreshments/snacks.

£16 per child (minimum 10 children), plus a party hire charge of £30 for 1.5 hours. Available Monday – Friday, 4 – 6pm (this includes 30-minute set up/clear-away time).  Items will be available for collection approximately two weeks after the party.

A minimum of 15 people at £20 per person (includes £5 studio fee and an item up to the value of £15. Additional charge if a more expensive item is chosen, plus £30 room hire.  Items are available approximately two weeks after the workshop.

Shop

Fired Up Ceramics handmade soap

Our products are available to buy from our shop onsite and from Brandon Trust charity shops. We also take part in local events such as craft fairs and Christmas markets. We enjoy being able to sell our products directly to the public and we take considerable pride in explaining how each item is made.

Supported employment and training

Fired Up is a community-based ceramics project that offers many opportunities for people with learning disabilities and/or autism to gain new skills and experiences.

These opportunities focus on developing work awareness and employment skills in a supportive and safe environment, as well as building confidence and self-esteem.

Everyone completes a work folder where they keep track of what they’ve learned and can record their aims for the future.

All our staff are fully qualified, DBS checked, and passionate about what they do.

Fired Up Ceramics workshop showing tables and pottery items

History

Fired Up was founded when two ceramics projects merged in 2001; an occupational therapy project and an inclusive community class.

In 2004, after a fire at our original base in Southmead, we relocated to Pucklechurch in South Gloucestershire and then in 2015, we moved to our current home in Yate.

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  • Emily and Ella had a joint 6th Birthday Party at Fired Up. All the children had so much fun painting their ceramics and enjoyed learning about the processes involved in making the molds. Lovely, professional, and friendly staff and environment. Thank you!

    Anna, Party booker

  • What a fantastic way to meet new friends, have fun, create something original for your home and forget all your worries for two hours, all in one go!

    LF, Coalpit Heath, Hobby class

  • It’s good. I like the skills I learn and I enjoy making new friends. I feel safe in the building.

    Isabel, Team member 

  • We had a fabulous party with you today. The children had a great time and loved having a tour of the kiln too. Thanks so much all the mums seemed to love it too! Great value for money too!

    Amy, Parent

  • My two young children and I have been to Fired Up three times now and always really enjoy ourselves during their open days and workshops.  The staff are always very friendly and helpful, and the facilities are fab. The artwork is great fun to do and the results very professional.  It was great to meet some of the people who use Brandon’s services. We were made to feel welcome by everyone and will definitely go back soon.

    Katharine, Yate

  • Fired Up is a good place to work and meet friends. We do many things and paint the things we make. We also sell our products to the public. We have product days when we do many things which I enjoy.

    Steve, Warmley

  • Not only have I made some very nice things for my home, garden, and even to give as gifts, it’s also a social event. It’s a very pleasant group; we chat, have coffee, and sometimes cake.  I think it’s also good for the service users to mix with us. I think some of them look forward to our chats and a giggle.  My sisters and I take my mum who has Alzheimer’s, and she loves making gifts for her friends.

    Jayne, Hobby class

  • We always help others when they get stuck, and we ask a member of staff to help us if we need it. All the staff are polite and we have good contact with the public.

    Becky, Team member