Museum Exhibitions: Entrance Gallery
We have two museum exhibition areas: the Entrance and Cube Galleries. In the Entrance Gallery you 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 is free and you can also see our latest selling exhibition too.
Museum Exhibitions: Cube Gallery
David Leach: Industrial Devils & Standard Ware
David Andrew Leach OBE, 1911-2005, was the eldest of Bernard Leach’s five children. An internationally recognised potter who played a significant role in the development of the Leach Pottery, David was an active educationalist who also worked to support the Craft Potters Association and Devon Guild of Craftsmen. His three sons, John, Jeremy and Simon, all trained with David at his Lowerdown Pottery and continue potting today. David was appointed OBE for his work as a potter, and contribution to the wider understanding of the craft, in 1987.
This exhibition looks at David's role at the Leach Pottery, especially in relation to the production of Leach Standard Ware, and presents a time-line, a film, photographs, and pots by David - as well as examples of tableware made at St Ives and Lowerdown.
Museum Exhibitions: Old Pottery Workshop
Leach production potter Kat Wheeler exhibits a collection of new works made during her 2015 PhD research and development trip to Mashiko, Japan, where Bernard Leach’s friend and colleague Shoji Hamada established his pottery, and ultimately one of the key centres of activity for the Mingei movement, in 1930.
Kat is only the third Leach potter to be sent to work and study in Japan as part of the ongoing relationship between St Ives and the pottery town of Mashiko.