Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack
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
From the Studio
- 13 December 2014 — 28 February 2015 *on now
The Leach Pottery presents an exhibition of limited edition studio pieces which showcase the talent of its own international team of potters. Works on display include new takes on traditional forms including Moon Jars, large water pitchers, fruit bowls and chargers, finished with a range of glazes, many of which have been in use at Leach since the 1940s.
Since reopening in 2008 the Leach Pottery has built on a prestigious history of cultural exchange and excellence in craft, achieving renewed success as a production pottery, museum, exhibition space and ceramics gallery. Building on the success of its contemporary soda-fired Tableware range, 2014 has also seen the introduction of a new, reduction-glazed Tableware which was launched in June of this year. In addition the Pottery has attracted commissions from leading British clothing retailers Seasalt, has launched its own online shop and now supplies its new Reduction Ware to selected stockists across the country including David Mellor, Sunspel and Pots and Pithoi.
Accordingly the Pottery has expanded its skilled production team under the direction of Lead Potter John Bedding and South African born Senior Production Potter Roelof Uys. The studio is currently staffed by potters Britta Wengeler from Germany, Kat Wheeler from the USA and apprentice Callum Trudgeon from Cornwall, the first recipient of the new Seasalt Bursary which offers one individual the opportunity to study at the Leach studio. Hugely important is the voluntary support provided by Ian Morrison and Drake Bialecki from the USA and British potter Laura Crossland, whose placement at Leach is funded by the charity ‘Adopt a Potter’.
- Any age
Entry to the exhibition only is free. Entry to the Museum is £4.50 (£4 concessions).