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.
- 10 September — 30 October 2016 *on now
Amanda has worked at the Pottery since graduating with her degree in Studio Pottery in 2000. In a career that has exposed her to the very best in international ceramics, she began her time at the Leach cataloguing pots for a permanent exhibition of work by Bernard Leach, Janet Leach and Shoji Hamada. She then trained alongside respected potters Trevor Corser and Joanna Wason and spent the next five years working in the historic Old Pottery, learning traditional Leach making, decorating and throwing techniques.
Amanda works in porcelain, decorating by incising into the clay or painting with pigments, and particularly enjoys fluting, a method of using a sharp tool to cut vertical lines onto the pot’s surface. Since its reopening in 2008, Amanda has held the position of Learning and Participation Officer at the Leach Pottery, and continues to make pots from her own studio in Falmouth.
This exhibition showcases the talent of another of the Leach Pottery’s highly skilled team, and gives insight into the pottery’s commitment to excellence in both the craft and culture of contemporary ceramics.
- Any age
Free to exhibition only, charges apply to visit museum - £4.50 or £4.00 concessions. Children Free
Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack