The Leach Pottery in St Ives was established by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 1920. One of the great figures of 20th century art, Leach played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world.
Today, following a restoration and rebuild project which was completed in 2008, the Leach Pottery includes the historic workshop and kilns, a dedicated museum space, contemporary gallery and shop and working production studios where the new range of Leach tableware is made by a small international team of potters and apprentices. A new education and research space is being developed on site with support from Cornwall Council and Heritage Lottery Funding.
Museum, Gallery, Artist studio or collective
March - October
Open every day
10.00 - 17.00, Sundays 11.00 - 16.00
November - February
Open Monday - Saturday
10.00 - 17.00
Last admissions to museum 30 minutes before closing
Closed 24, 25 & 26 December
Concessions: £4.00Under 18s: Free if accompanied by an adult
Production studios on site where tableware is made. This is available for sale through the shop, mail order and through other high quality outlets
Trevor Corser: 40 Years a Leach Potter
- 19 March 2016 — 8 January 2017 *on now
Trevor Corser was the longest serving member of the Leach Pottery. Born in Oldham in 1938, he arrived in St Ives as a fisherman with no thoughts of becoming a potter and could not have imagined his future involvement in an artistic legacy so important to 20th century ceramics.
Corser began work for Bernard Leach in 1966, packing pots for transit and mixing clay. Over the years he went on to learn the skilled craft of a production potter, making the Pottery’s iconic standard ware and becoming one of the last to remain here until the Pottery’s closure in 2005. Having studied under Bernard Leach, he worked for many years alongside William Marshall and himself became mentor to subsequent Leach apprentice potters. Known for his uncomplicated, functional pots and distinctive glazes, Corser grew to be an acclaimed studio potter in his own right and spent his life making pots firmly within the Leach tradition, many of which are now found in collections all over the world.
David and Margaret Frith Exhibition
- 8 July — 4 September 2016 *on now
David and Margaret Frith have been making pots for more than fifty years. They trained in the oriental tradition at Stoke-on-Trent College of Art under ex-Leach apprentice Derek Emms before establishing their first pottery together in the mid-1960s, and now live and work at Brookhouse Pottery in Denbigh, North Wales.
Making beautiful, complimentary pots in the domestic style, these two celebrated artist nevertheless take distinctly different approaches to their work. David’s wood-fired, stoneware pieces are thrown, pressed or slabbed and finished in tenmoku, celadon and ash glazes. Multiple layers of glaze, combined with wax resist, trailed pigments and distinctive, heavy over-glazes are paired with Hakeme brush work to create bold surface decoration. In contrast, Margaret’s delicate, thrown porcelain works are carved, fluted and decorated with subtler, more refined surface patterns using various techniques, including layered ash and celadon glazes, wax resist
and elegant freehand brushwork.
This exhibition of over 60 new works celebrates the ongoing career of two of the country’s most respected potters, and gives insight into the influence of the Leach tradition, amongst many others, on the development of the Frith’s work over half a century.
- Any age
Free to exhibition only.
Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack