Ceramics Inspirations



A visit to the pottery, in the picturesque market town of Leyburn, means that you can gain an exclusive insight into how our wonderful ceramic creations are made.

From the viewing area you can watch our skilled potters as they make each piece from scratch. Visitors can view every stage of the process from slip-casting to hand painting and glazing.

There really is nothing quite like watching the superb craftsmanship that goes into these magnificent designs before purchasing your very own piece. It’s truly an experience to be treasured.

Ceramic Inspirations is the home of beautifully handcrafted teapots made in the UK. Our unique and quirky designs are created by our dedicated team at a pottery in Leyburn, North Yorkshire. The company, which was originally known as Swineside Ceramics and most recently The Teapottery, has a long history of producing high quality ceramic teapots and has built up an enviable reputation.

The extensive range of innovative and eccentric designs has captured the imagination of many and has become a firm favourite with enthusiast across the world. Each teapot is handcrafted using a combination of modern and traditional techniques. The basic manufacturing process has remained virtually unchanged since the 18th century.

From bestsellers including ‘The Aga’ and ‘The Espresso Machine’, to the novelty ‘Bath Tub’ and the iconic ‘Countdown’ teapot, collectors are sure to find a unique design that is just their cup of tea!

We are delighted to be working with world renowned designer Paul Cardew who has created an exciting range of exclusive teapots. Cardew Design’s enchanting Alice and Wonderland themed creations along with other inspiring works are now available to purchase online.

So whether you are looking for the perfect gift for a tea lover or hoping to enhance your personal collection with a beautifully handcrafted teapot, mug, milk jug or sugar bowl, you’re sure to find what you are looking for.

The pottery was first set up in 1978 by designers Martin and Judy Bibby, who created many of the stunning designs which are still popular today. Originally based in a converted farm in Swineside, in the Yorkshire Dales, Swineside Ceramics quickly developed a reputation for its innovative creations.

By 1986 the teapots were becoming so popular in the UK and abroad the Bibby’s decided to change the company name to Swineside Teapottery. Due to the increased demand they soon outgrew the Swineside premises and moved to a new purpose-built pottery at Leyburn Business Park, North Yorkshire, where the pottery still remains today.

Following the Bibby’s retirement in 2004, The Teapottery continued to produce inspiring creations with the help of an experienced designer who was familiar with The Teapottery’s style. More unique designs were added to the collection and the business continued to grow.

Trading now as Ceramic Inspirations, the pottery is adapting to the ever changing needs of our customers. Working with sister company Cardew Design, exciting new creations are being added to the collection offering something fresh for enthusiasts across the UK.

Opening Hours

Mon 09:00 16:00
Tue 09:00 16:00
Wed 09:00 16:00
Thu 09:00 16:00
Fri 09:00 13:00
Sat 09:00 17:00


  • Disabled Access
  • On-Site Parking
  • Child Friendly
  • Indoor
  • Card Payment

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