Annabelle Smith became our 3rd Leach-Seasalt Apprentice in Autumn 2017.
The next Apprenticeship begins in April 2020. This is a 24 month placement at foundation level, aimed at someone with little or no previous experience of ceramics and with priority given to those based permanently in Cornwall.
Cornish clothing brand, Seasalt, provide the opportunity to train and study as a potter here at the Leach Pottery in St Ives as part of their Leach-Seasalt Bursary.
History of the Bursary
Founded in West Cornwall in 1981, Seasalt is a family business with its roots firmly embedded in the community where it began. Since the Leach Pottery's restoration and reopening as a charity in 2008, Seasalt has enthusiastically supported its work as a Museum, pottery production studio, and training centre.
In 2013, Seasalt's Founder, Neil Chadwick, came up with the idea of the Seasalt Bursary to support a new trainee at the Leach Pottery - in 2014 the search began. Applications from as far afield as Spain and the USA were received, but in the event the first apprentice, Callum Trudgeon, came from just a few streets away from the Pottery.
Callum Trudgeon, Seasalt Apprentice 2014-15, said:
“I always wanted to be a ‘maker’ but I thought I would have to leave Cornwall to have any chance of a meaningful career. I was born in St Ives, so being able to work and study here is fantastic. Opportunities to work at a pottery with this kind of history and reputation are hard to come by. It’s a special place and I feel very lucky so I’ve put my all into this apprenticeship."