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
- 4 May 2019 — 8 March 2020 *on now
Artist-potter Bernard Leach created an aesthetic from the practice, cultures, and histories of East & West. His wide-ranging interests encompassed the ‘arts’ and ‘crafts’ - spheres often, and sometimes still, viewed as separate. From drawing and painting, to etching, Leach’s artistic interests led him to clay where he made pots and, in essence, created three-dimensional canvasses; pots that bridged art and craft.
This exhibition shows how potters evoke ‘Surface’ through a rich display of historic and contemporary pots. Individually beautiful and inspiring, each pot helps to build the story of how the surface has been explored and expressed in pottery for more than a century. In the display cases, you will find pots by iconic historic and contemporary potters and alongside works by the next generation of makers.
This exhibition also features an installation of an area of Sarah Dunstan’s studio – a potter who works in St Ives in a way that places surfaces and pattern at the heart of her work. Newly-released film footage of Shoji Hamada, decorating in Japan, will give you the opportunity to see one of the last century’s most iconic potters working with the surface.
Not only is there plenty to see, there are also things to do – visitors have the opportunity to create their own pottery-inspired artworks in the gallery and share them with friends, family, and other visitors.
The Leach Pottery Cube Gallery.
- Any age
Full price: £6
Under 18: Free
Kat Wheeler: New Beginnings
- 2 November 2019 — 8 February 2020 *on now
The Leach Pottery presents an exhibition of new pots by Kat Wheeler to celebrate her transition from the Leach Studio, where she has worked for the past 10 years, to her own workshop in the Gaolyard Studios, St Ives.
This new body of pots explores and reinterprets the techniques that Kat has honed at the Leach Pottery alongside international experiences like working with Jeff Oestreich, in America, and at the Hamada Workshop in Japan.
Kat Wheeler will show a range of individual functional ware and larger standalone pieces in reduction fired stoneware, as well as a small selection of soda fired pots. There will be a wide array of forms to see and enjoy including vases, chargers, whisky bottle sets, teapots and coffee pots, as well as bowls and dishes – some of which will feature a developing graphic theme and ‘thrown and altered’ shapes.
Leach Pottery Entrance Gallery: All works for sale.
Preview (all welcome): Friday 1 November 2019, 6-8pm
- Any age
Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack