FREE Tour: every Wednesday & Friday 11am
Sep
22
Dec 22

FREE Tour: every Wednesday & Friday 11am

Every Wednesday and Friday there is a chance to have a guided tour of the old pottery (with museum admission). Hear from an expert what it was like to work at the Leach Pottery and have the chance to ask questions.

*Tours are run my our dedicated volunteers- please check in advance availability

*Tours are at no extra cost however there is a museum admission charge.


Masterclass with Adrian Brough
Nov
23
10:00 am10:00

Masterclass with Adrian Brough

Stoneware Slipware

This is a throwing masterclass exploring form and more particularly surface, using slips, incising and other creative techniques. Held in the original throwing room of the Leach Pottery, participants in this session will enjoy the unique experience of working on Bernard Leach's historic kick wheels.

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Maximum number of students: 5

Cost: £100 per person to include all materials

Level: Intermediate/ advanced throwers

Fire it Up Exhibition Preview
Nov
4
6:00 pm18:00

Fire it Up Exhibition Preview

This year's theme for the Autumn workshop exhibition will be fire...Please join us on Friday 4th November for the opening of the workshop's 'Fire it Up' exhibition and a live firing of a sculpture in a specially constructed kiln that will be unveiled at 7.00pm

Claydays Children's Workshops - Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th October
Oct
25
10:30 am10:30

Claydays Children's Workshops - Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th October

Join us for family friendly creative sessions at the Leach Pottery, where your child can enjoy hands-on making activities during the school holidays.

Ages 6 - 12, £7 per child per workshop. Parents get messy for free! One hour sessions will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays at 10.30am and 2pm.

Children will make one item following the theme of the day which could be, for example, making a piggy bank or making and decorating a tile. After this there is a process of drying, firing and glazing which takes between 4-6 weeks. We offer postage for those who cannot collect their piece/s.

Postage to the UK will be charged at:

1 Piece £4.50. 2 Pieces £6.50. 3 Pieces £9.00. 4 Pieces £15.00.

Only 12 places on each workshop, so booking and pre-payment is required to secure your place.

Demonstration and Talk by Clementina Van Der Walt
Oct
22
10:00 am10:00

Demonstration and Talk by Clementina Van Der Walt

South african ceramics - An Eclectic Narrative

Beginning with a presentation about her own work and that of other contemporary South african ceramacists, this workshop will focus on a demonstration of hand building and cutting away from solid blocks of clay to make both sculptural and functional figurines.

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Maximum number of attendees: 12

Cost: £12.50

Masterclass with Linda Styles
Sep
27
11:00 am11:00

Masterclass with Linda Styles

Substance and Surface - Lustre and on Glaze Decorative Techniques

Including an introductory talk, demonstration and hands on session, this in-depth Master Class explores various aspects of Linda's distinctive 'maximal' decorative process, including the overlaying of precious metals, on glaze colours and iridescent lustres to bisque and glaze fired terracotta tiles.

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Maximum number of students: 8

Cost: £80 per person

Level: Intermediate to advanced                                                

September Festival - Lunchtime Talks.
Sep
19
1:00 pm13:00

September Festival - Lunchtime Talks.

  • The Arts Club

Communicating Archaeology through Contemporary Ceramic Practice

Helen Marton

Helen Marton reinterprets archaeological finds through the combined use of hand making and digital technologies, offering a unique perspective on the cultural role of ancient domestic and ritual objects in a way that highlights human needs.

Tickets available through the festival website.

http://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

Jeff Oestreich & Pat Burns
Sep
19
Oct 14

Jeff Oestreich & Pat Burns

Jeff Oestreich and Pat Burns are working in the old pottery from the 19th September to the 14th October 2016.

Fantastic opportunity to meet them both and have a chat. They are both working within the museum, so a museum admission applies.

September Festival - Lunchtime Talks.
Sep
12
1:30 pm13:30

September Festival - Lunchtime Talks.

  • The Arts Club

Trevor Corser : Pots and Place

Simon Olding

Professor Simon Olding, Director of the Crafts Study Centre and Acting Chair of the Leach Pottery reviews Trevor Corser's independent ceramic work and assesses his creative place in studio pottery and his reworking of the canonical pots from the Leach Pottery, where he worked for 40 years.

Tickets available through the festival website.

http://www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk

Amanda Brier Exhibition Preview
Sep
9
6:00 pm18:00

Amanda Brier Exhibition Preview

Amanda has been working at the Leach Pottery since graduating with a degree in studio pottery in 2000. She joined Joanna Wason and Trevor Corser making pots to sell in the old pottery. The next five years were spent learning Leach making and decorating techniques, throwing on a kick wheel and firing a gas kiln.

Amanda uses porcelain, decorating by incising into the clay or painting with pigments but particularly enjoys fluting which is a technique using a sharp tool to cut vertical lines onto the pot surface. Her pots are beautifully elegant, finely crafted and are a lovely example of Leach inpspired workmanship.

Heritage Open Days
Sep
8
Sep 9

Heritage Open Days

As part of the country's largest heritage festival, there's plenty on at the pottery,  including:

  •   Free admission to all
  •   10.30am - 1pm Have - a - go handbuilding with clay
  •   11.00am - Tour of the old pottery
  •   Demonstrations by our potters working on the kick-wheels in the old pottery.
Aug
4
Aug 25

Have-a-go Thursdays

Free drop-in session (subject to entry to museum)

Come along to the Leach Pottery and pinch, coil, sculpt and get creative with clay. These hand-building sessions are for everyone - all ages and abilities. No firing included. Please note: there may be some waiting time if we are busy.

 

 

 

Clay Days: Summer 2016
Aug
2
Aug 31

Clay Days: Summer 2016

NEW DATES for Summer 2016

August 2nd,3rd,9th,10th,16th,17th,23rd,24th,30th and 31st.

Join us for family friendly creative sessions at the Leach Pottery, where your child can enjoy hands-on making activities during the school holidays.

Ages 6 - 12, £7 per child per workshop. Parents get messy for free! One hour sessions will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during school holidays at 10.30am and 2pm.

Children will make one item following the theme of the day which could be, for example, making a piggy bank or making and decorating a tile. After this there is a process of drying, firing and glazing which takes between 4-6 weeks. We offer postage for those who cannot collect their piece/s.

Postage to the UK will be charged at:

1 Piece £4.50. 2 Pieces £6.50. 3 Pieces £9.00. 4 Pieces £15.00.

Only 12 places on each workshop, so booking and pre-payment is required to secure your place.

Studio potters working in the old workshop
Jul
29
Sep 2

Studio potters working in the old workshop

Over the summer studio potters will be working on standard ware in the old pottery. They will be using the old leach pottery kick wheels. Whilst in the museum please stop and ask them questions if you have any. They are working hard but happy to chat!

Leach Master Class LINDA STYLES: Substance & Surface
Nov
3
10:00 am10:00

Leach Master Class LINDA STYLES: Substance & Surface

  • Clore Learning Studio, Leach Pottery

Join Linda Styles for an experimental (and intense) two day workshop, open to all who wish to explore and practice unusual hand building techniques and multi-surface application based on intuitive response and imagination as opposed to skill of the hand. 

This  Master class is held across two sessions: Tues 3  & Tues 17 November (Both 10 am – 3 pm)

The total cost including materials is £90 - to reserve your place BOOK HERE

Sep
21
1:00 pm13:00

Lunchtime Talk: A Potter of High Repute, David Leach 1911 – 2005

  • St Ives Arts Club

St Ives September Festival 2015

Lunchtime Talk: A Potter of High Repute, David Leach 1911 – 2005

St Ives Arts Club, Westcott's Quay, St Ives, TR26 2DY

Kathy Niblett
After training, David became a partner in The Leach Pottery working successfully to produce Standard Ware. In 1956 he moved to Devon and founded Lowerdown Pottery. Ceramics expert Kathy Niblett tells the story of the man who made both stoneware and porcelain in the oriental manner, in his own style. Tickets £5.50 - BOOK HERE

Sep
26
10:30 am10:30

Warren MacKenzie – An American Potter in St. Ives (Film)

  • Porthmeor Studio, Borlase Smart Room
Warren MacKenzie at the Leach Pottery, St Ives 2013

Warren MacKenzie at the Leach Pottery, St Ives 2013

Warren MacKenzie, celebrated American potter, was apprenticed to Bernard Leach from 1949-1952. This hour-long film captures his return to the Leach Pottery in September 2013 - the place which defined his philosophy as a potter. His vivid memories, deep affection for Bernard and above all, Warren’s honesty and humour shine through - a man who loves making pots.

Made by On the Beach Productions

 

 

 

 

£5.50. Tickets available online from www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk or from St Ives Visitor Information Centre, Street An Pol, TR26 2DS Tel: 0905 252 2250

 

Sep
23
1:00 pm13:00

Bernard Leach and the Studio Pottery Movement of British Columbia (Talk) by Alex Lambley

  • St Ives Arts Club

Thinking of his four Canadian apprentices, John Reeve, Glenn Lewis, Mick Henry and Ian Steele, Bernard Leach once said that he had ‘a hope of something in Canada.’ The Studio Pottery movement of British Columbia was the result. PhD researcher Alex Lambley presents new research on Leach’s philosophy and practice and its transnational reception in the 1960s and 70s.  

£5.50. Tickets available online from www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk or from St Ives Visitor Information Centre, Street An Pol, TR26 2DS Tel: 0905 252 2250

Britta Wengeler Kiln Opening
Sep
20
11:00 am11:00

Britta Wengeler Kiln Opening

  • The Leach Pottery Carpark

As part of the Cornwall Ceramics Trail 2014, Leach production potter Britta Wengeler will be holding a public kiln opening of her own work.  Come and buy Britta's pots direct from the kiln.

Sep
15
1:00 pm13:00

The Young & Beautiful: Michael Cardew, Modern Pots, Colonialism and the Counterculture (Talk) by Tanya Harrod

  • St Ives Arts Club

Tanya Harrod, author of the award-winning biography of Michael Cardew ‘The Last Sane Man’, talks about one of the most remarkable craftsmen of the 20th century. Cardew was a man of paradox who ended his days a ceramic magus, his pottery at Wenford Bridge, Cornwall an outpost of the counterculture and a haven for disaffected youth. 

£5.50. Tickets available online from www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk or from St Ives Visitor Information Centre, Street An Pol, TR26 2DS Tel: 0905 252 2250

 

Philip Leach Residency at the Leach Pottery
Sep
13
Sep 18

Philip Leach Residency at the Leach Pottery

  • The Leach Pottery
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During the first week of the St Ives September Festival, potter Philip Leach - grandson of Bernard and son of Michael Leach - will be resident in the old pottery workshop making  a new 'Owl Charger' for the restored fireplace at the Leach Pottery.

Philip came to pottery 35 years ago and particularly enjoys the methods of decorating in traditional slipware.  The original Owl Charger which once graced the Leach mantelpiece has long since disappeared and Philip has accepted the challenge to respond to this historic piece, made by his grandfather, and create his own Charger to mark the relighting of the fire this autumn and the reopening of the old workshop as a working pottery studio.

Philip will be giving a talk on Thursday 18th September from 1pm to 3pm. Entry free - please book in advance on 01736 799703 or email office@leachpottery.com

Sep
13
Sep 27

Cornwall Ceramics Trail 2014

Timed to coincide with the St Ives September Festival 2014, from Saturday 13th to Saturday 27th September the second Cornwall Ceramics Trail will see potters and ceramicists opening up their working studios to the public. Throughout the event fans of contemporary Cornish pottery will have a unique opportunity to meet and engage with ceramicists, see them at work in their pottery studios and purchase works direct. 

Cornwall Ceramics Trail 2014 artists are: 
Jane Adams
Ben Barker
Samme Charlesworth 
Sarah Dunstan 
Bee Duxbury
Michel François
Russell Gibbs
Sam Hall 
Nic Harrison
Rebecca Harvey
Rick Henham
Charlotte Jones
Lincoln Kirby Bell
Tim Lake
Hannah Lawrence
Richard Phethean
Amanda Ray
Carol Scott
Linda Styles
John & Gemma Swan
Peter Swanson
Louise Thompson
Roelof Uys 
Britta Wengeler

Cornwall Ceramics Trail is funded by Arts Council England and sponsored by the Leach Pottery.

Ashley Howard & Risa Ohgi Talk
Sep
12
1:00 pm13:00

Ashley Howard & Risa Ohgi Talk

  • The Leach Pottery

To mark the opening of the collaborative exhibition 'Shima Kara Shima E' at the Leach Pottery on Saturday 13th September, Ashley Howard and Risa Ohgi will be giving a talk in the museum.  Entry is free but advance booking is recommended due to limited spaces.  

Heritage Open Days at the Leach Pottery - 11th to 14th Sept
Sep
11
Sep 14

Heritage Open Days at the Leach Pottery - 11th to 14th Sept

  • The Leach Pottery

Free admission to the Museum on:

Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th September

Tours at 11am on Thursday and Friday

Demonstrations and Have-A-Go Sessions in the old pottery on Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11am - 2pm

Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday - buy work direct from the potters

Philip Leach working in the old Pottery on Saturday and Sunday

The Leach Pottery is open Monday – Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm

Aug
30
10:00 am10:00

SECONDS SALE

Buy your Leach Pottery tableware seconds every Saturday throughout the summer. Grab a bargain!

Aug
27
2:00 pm14:00

Clay Days - Family Creative Sessions

  • The Leach Pottery

Join us for family friendly creative sessions at the Leach Pottery, where your child can enjoy hands-on making activities during the school holidays.

Ages 6 - 12, £6 per child per workshop, or £5 for multiple bookings.  Parents get messy for free!

Only 12 places on each workshop, so booking and pre-payment is required to secure your place.

01736 799703 or email office@leachpottery.com 

Aug
27
10:30 am10:30

Clay Days - Family Creative Sessions

  • The Leach Pottery

Join us for family friendly creative sessions at the Leach Pottery, where your child can enjoy hands-on making activities during the school holidays.

Ages 6 - 12, £6 per child per workshop, or £5 for multiple bookings.  Parents get messy for free!

Only 12 places on each workshop, so booking and pre-payment is required to secure your place.

01736 799703 or email office@leachpottery.com 

Aug
26
2:00 pm14:00

Clay Days - Family Creative Sessions

  • The Leach Pottery

Join us for family friendly creative sessions at the Leach Pottery, where your child can enjoy hands-on making activities during the school holidays.

Ages 6 - 12, £6 per child per workshop, or £5 for multiple bookings.  Parents get messy for free!

Only 12 places on each workshop, so booking and pre-payment is required to secure your place.

01736 799703 or email office@leachpottery.com