Film & Oral History

The Leach Pottery is working in partnership with Marty Gross Film Productions Inc, and the St Ives Archive to collect, restore and make available historical films and oral history recordings about the Leach Pottery and the potters who worked here. We have also made one or two of our own. Below are a sample of films and oral histories currently available. We plan to add more in the coming months.



The Leach Pottery, 1952 (DVD) Digitally Remastered 2nd Edition
Original footage of Bernard Leach and the Leach Pottery, St Ives in 1952 made by a local film group at the time has now been digitized and released on DVD by Marty Gross Productions. This 32 minute black and white film is presented with narration by Bernard Leach himself recorded in the 1960s and with an alternate narrative by Warren MacKenzie, who was an apprentice at the pottery during the time of its making, recorded in 2007. Background information

For more information about the wider Mingei Film Archive Project.

Available to buy

Here is a short extract of the film with narration by Warren MacKenzie.

  John Bedding

John Bedding

John Bedding, a Leach potter, 2008 Oral History

Interviewed by: Carol Holland (St Ives Archive, as part of HLF funded Memory Bay Project)

John Beddding came from London and eventually worked at the Leach Pottery. He gives a vivid description of the pottery as a ‘factory’ with a clear description of the kilns in action.

Listen to an extract (to be added shortly)

  Roelof Uys

Roelof Uys

Roelof Uys, Lead Potter 2017

As part of a Tate St Ives exhibition in 2017 Roelof made a film about 'How to make a Teapot' with Senara at On the Beach Productions.

Here is the film (14 minutes)