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
Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio
- 17 June — 3 September 2017
The Leach Pottery presents an exhibition of new pots from members of our Studio Team. Inspired by the material of clay itself, this exhibition shows how some of our potters work with clay in their own time when they are not making our Standard Ware pottery.
It will feature pots by Laurence Eastwood, Matt Foster, Britta James, and Kat Wheeler, offering a range of styles, glazes and functions. Expect to see a selection of functional table and kitchen ware like mixing bowls, jars, teapots, platters, bowls, mugs, and jugs, as well as more individual pieces like bottles, vases and chargers.
The pots will be made from a wide range of clay and glazes, including materials that have been locally sourced and blended. The colour palette is sure to be eclectic, including shino glazes, celadon greens, copper reds, blues, tenmoku black and browns, all combined with different styles of surface and hand decoration.
The exhibition runs in the Leach Pottery Entrance Gallery. All works for sale.
- Family friendly
Callum Trudgeon: An Apprenticeship
- 17 June — 30 July 2017
The Leach Pottery proudly presents a solo exhibition of Callum Trudgeon, the Pottery’s first fully trained Leach-Seasalt apprentice. It will feature Callum’s own standard ware including his range of domestic mugs, bowls, teabowls and one-off decorative works like moon jars and platters. The pots are mostly stoneware with some porcelain, including both patterned and glazed surfaces.
Callum’s three-year Leach Apprenticeship began in May 2014 with the generous support of Seasalt who part-funded the first two years. Callum completes his third and final year of training at the end of May 2017. During the apprenticeship, Callum trained to make pots by learning about all aspects of Leach Standard Ware production. This included clay preparation, throwing pots, glazing and firing.
- Family friendly
Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack