Leach Pottery

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Founded in 1920 by Bernard leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is considered to be one of the birthplaces of British Studio Pottery. Bernard Leach, one of the great figures of 20th century art, played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters across the world.

The Leach Pottery was restored and reopened, in 2008, as a Museum, to celebrate the life, work, influences and legacy of Bernard Leach. The exhibition, gallery and shop spaces regularly showcase work by leading regional, national and international studio potters. The Studio provides training for the next generation of potters who learn by making Leach Standard Ware tableware.

This year the Leach Pottery marks 100 years since its foundation. To celebrate its centenary the Leach Pottery has curated an exciting and diverse programme of activities taking place throughout the year. From free family activities, internationally-significant exhibitions, to artist residencies, there is something for everyone to get involved.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

For up-to-date opening times, please visit www.leachpottery.com/plan-your-visit

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

Admission charges

Full Price: £6
Concessions (inc' over 60s): £5
Under 18s: Free if accompanied by an adult
Members: Free

Additional info

Production studios on site where tableware is made. This is available for sale through the shop, mail order and through other high quality outlets.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Image of a Bernard Leach vase

Postponed: Century of Connections

  • 21 March — 7 November 2020 *on now

‘Century of Connections’ examines the connections that have developed since the Leach Pottery’s foundation in 1920. These countless remarkable connections span the globe, beginning in the spirit of exchange and friendship that resounds in the story of the Pottery’s founding by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada – lifelong friends who became world-renowned artist-potters.

This exhibition has been postponed until further notice. Please check the Leach Pottery website and social media to learn more about featured objects and for related activities.

Image: Early Raku Vase c1925 by Bernard Leach, Copyright Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts

Suitable for

  • Any age


Full Price: £6
Concessions (inc' over 60s): £5
Under 18: FREE



Person holds Lakes jug

Pottery & People

  • 15 June — 31 December 2020 *on now

‘Pottery & People’ is an exciting new online exhibition from the Leach Pottery, celebrating the pottery that surrounds us.

Help uncover the world's love of pottery and ceramics by sharing your favourite piece. It could be your everyday mug, a sentimental piece made by your child, or a family heirloom. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, the perfect to the imperfect, tell us what makes it special to you.

Your chosen object can be made by anyone and does not have to be a piece of Leach Ware or even a professional piece. This is a celebration of ceramics at all its levels, and in all its forms.

To join in via Instagram, simply share a video, no longer than 1 minute 30 seconds that showcases your favourite piece and explains the story behind it, using the hashtag #PotteryandPeople and tagging @theleachpottery. Alternatively, share a short piece of text no longer than 200 words long with an accompanying image (optional) with your chosen piece of pottery or ceramic art. Via Facebook, you can also upload your videos or images with accompanying text via the ‘Leach Pottery Community Page’, using the hashtag #PotteryandPeople.

A select number of the entries will be curated into a physical exhibition at the Leach Pottery in the future, when safe to do so.

For more information and inspiration, visit: https://www.leachpottery.com/potteryandpeople

Suitable for

  • Any age



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Hands hold blue and white ceramic plate

Design a Pot for Sharing: School & Home Challenge

  • 1 March — 1 October 2020 *on now

To celebrate our centenary the Leach Pottery invites you to take part in our School & Home Challenge. From Primary school to Sixth Form students, you are invited to submit a design for a new ceramic piece, responding to the theme ‘a pot for sharing’. There are fantastic pottery-themed prizes for each age category, from clay materials, workshops and even mini-apprenticeships. Get creative over the summer holidays!

Visit our website to find out how to take part.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17



Leach Pottery
Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack
St Ives
TR26 2HE

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