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 — 28 August 2016 *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.
- 28 May — 3 July 2016 *on now
This early summer in-house exhibition showcases the work of the Leach Pottery studio team and provides a unique snapshot of current talent, artistry and design innovation from all areas of the Leach organisation.
The show includes new work by Honorary Lead Potter John Bedding and each member of the Pottery’s international studio team, including Lead Production Potter Roelof Uys from South Africa and skilled production potters Kat Wheeler and Britta James from the USA and Germany respectively, apprentices Callum Trudgeon and Matt Foster of St Ives, both recipients of the Seasalt training bursary, and volunteers Jordan Scott of Canada and Laurence Eastwood of the UK. From the Museum, Gallery and Learning & Participation teams the show also includes work by Jo Wason, our respected tutors Amanda Brier and Jackie Clark, Exhibition Coordinator Dr Matthew Tyas and David Griffin of the Board of Trustees.
The show gives visitors a unique opportunity to see the quality and depth of contemporary Leach production and see the individual work of the 2016 Leach team, from fledging apprentice to that of established master potter.
This exhibition runs from 28 May to 3 July in the Entrance Gallery. All works are for sale.
- Any age
Free to exhibition only, museum entrance charges £4.50 or £4 concessions
Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack