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
Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach
- 24 March — 1 July 2018 *on now
‘Reunion’ includes potters from Cornwall, the UK, and as far away as Canada and the United States. Some of the potters trained at the Leach Pottery over 60 years ago: Warren MacKenzie, for example, apprenticed at the Leach Pottery from 1949 to 1952, last visiting for a residency in 2013 and now over 90 years of age. Nic Harrison, from Cornwall, was the last student taken on at the Pottery during the time of Bernard Leach, in 1979; Leach passed away the same year.
‘Reunion’ features John Bedding (UK; Leach Pottery: 1968-70 & 1972-78), Robert Fishman (USA; Leach Pottery: 1976-78), Nic Harrison (UK; Leach Pottery: 1979-80), John Leach (UK; Leach Pottery: 1960-63), Glenn Lewis (Canada; Leach Pottery: 1961-63), Warren MacKenzie (USA; Leach Pottery: 1949-52), Jeff Oestreich (USA; Leach Pottery: 1969-71), Jason Wason (UK; Leach Pottery: 1976-81), and Robin Welch (UK; Leach Pottery: 1953).
The exhibition runs in the Entrance Gallery. All works for sale.
- Any age
No charge to see exhibition as it is being presented in the free Entrance Gallery, but entrance charge to the museum is: Full Price £6, Concessions £5
Roelof Uys: Works Of art, Works Of Cornwall
- 7 — 10 July 2018
This show features functional domestic wares like mugs, teapots and sake cups, as well as larger decorative jars, chargers, and vases.
Eclectic in influence, ‘Works Of Function, Works Of Art’, responds to Roelof Uys’ early experiences as a potter in South Africa and to his work in today’s Leach Studio. Roelof has undertaken a series of studies examining the different aspects of his material practice. For example, one body of work focuses on how tenmoku glaze reacts with the clay beneath. Similarly, Roelof also focuses on amber, celadon, copper, and white glazes. There is also a selection of wood fired pieces.
As Lead Potter, Roelof Uys supervises the training and management of full-time potters, apprentices, interns, volunteers, and oversees the design and production of Leach Standard Ware. He began as the Leach Pottery’s Senior Production Potter in May 2013, becoming the Lead Potter in 2017.
Roelof Uys studied Art at East London Technical College, South Africa, and founded his first ceramics studio in Limpopo Province in 1992, where he collaborated with potter Solomon Matatoko. He went on to work in Knysna as a Resident Potter at Bitou Crafts, founded by Clementina van der Walt, before starting his own production pottery in Cape Town, where he also served on the Committee of the Western Cape Potters Association.
The exhibition runs in the Leach Pottery Entrance Gallery.
All works for sale. Prices from £25 to £800.
- Any age
Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack