The Leach Pottery has two museum exhibition areas - the Entrance Gallery and the Cube. In the Entrance Gallery visitors can see pieces from our permanent collection including works by Bernard Leach, Janet Leach, David Leach, Shoji Hamada, William Marshall, Michael Cardew, and Kenneth Quick. Entry to this area is free of charge.
In the Cube we have a further museum exhibition with changing displays. For 2014 the exhibition is Bernard Leach:Artist.
Bernard Leach: Artist
In his first passport Bernard Leach described his occupation as 'artist' by which he meant that he had undertaken a formal Art School education and mixed with artists in London. As he set out for Japan in 1909, his intention was to practice and teach etching. Famously the course of his life changed when he attended a raku firing in Tokyo with a group of Japanese friends. He had found his calling and so began a remarkable career as a potter – first in Japan, then after 1920, based in St Ives.
But Bernard Leach did not live by pots alone. As well as etching, he experimented with lithography and wood block printing. He sketched and drew incessantly. While internationally renowned for his ceramics, one of his greatest legacies was his writing: instructional, verbose, opinionated, romantic, philosophical.
This exhibition, with text by Prof. Simon Olding, explores the depth and breadth of Bernard Leach the Artist: painter and printmaker, writer, designer, collector and potter.