ROELOF UYS (South Africa)
African born ceramicist Roelof Uys took up the role of Senior Production Potter
at the Leach Pottery in May 2013. Uys studied Art at East London Technical
College, South Africa and founded his first ceramics studio in Limpopo Province
in 1992, where he collaborated with potter Solomon Matatoko. He went on to work
in Kysna as a Resident Potter at Bitou Crafts, founded by Clementina van der
Walt, before starting his own production pottery in Cape Town, where he also
served on the Committee of the Western Cape Potters Association. As part of the
pottery’s senior management team Uys supervises the training of student apprentices
and visiting interns, and oversee the production of the new Leach Tableware.
KAT WHEELER (USA)
Born in North Carolina, Kat Wheeler studied ceramics at the Appalachian Centre for Crafts at Tennessee Tech University. While studying for her Bachelor of Fine Arts she also worked part-time for Knoxville studio potters Peter Rose and Judy Brater, maintaining the studio and expanding her knowledge of production techniques. As part of her course Kat spent a semester studying abroad at the Australia National University, and on completing her BFA came to St Ives to work at the Leach Pottery as a volunteer apprentice. In January 2012 she joined the studio staff as our first full-time Production Potter, making the new range of Leach Tableware.
BRITTA WENGELER (Germany)
potter Britta Wengeler trained with Master Clemens Wirth for three years producing
a wide range of domestic pottery, before completing a "Journeyman"
Crafts Degree. She then followed the old tradition of travelling for
"three years and a day" in order to deepen her knowledge of cultural
ceramics. Of particular importance was her time with New Zealand potter Petra
Meyboden, daughter of painter Hans Meyboden, where Britta discovered the possibilities
of wet clay decoration and various firing techniques in Petra's wood kiln. She
joined the Leach Pottery in 2010 as an apprentice potter and since February
2012 has been part of the studio team producing the new Leach Tableware.
TINNI ARORA (India)
Arora came to pottery from a background in art and fashion. She was introduced
to ceramics in 2007 at Delhi Blue Pottery Trust in New Delhi and went on to
work and study under the guidance of renowned potter Rachna Parasher. In 2012, she
established her first ceramics studio and began supplying a lifestyle store in her
home city of Noida with domestic and decorative ware. In March 2013 Tinni
received an award from the 18th All India Potters Exhibition at the
All India Fine Arts and Crafts Society in New Delhi. She
joined the Leach Pottery in October 2013 as their 2013/14 international Volunteer
Apprentice, making her the newest member of the studio team producing the new