From The Studio
13 December 2014 to 31 January 2015
Throughout the Christmas season, the Leach Pottery presents an exhibition of limited edition studio pieces which showcase the talent of its own international team of potters. Works on display include new takes on traditional forms including Moon Jars, large water pitchers, fruit bowls and chargers, finished with a range glazes, many of which have been in use at Leach since the 1940s.
Since reopening in 2008 the Leach Pottery has built on a prestigious history of cultural exchange and excellence in craft, achieving renewed success as a production pottery, museum, exhibition space and ceramics gallery. Building on the success of its contemporary soda-fired Tableware range, 2014 has also seen the introduction of a new, reduction-glazed Tableware which was launched in June of this year. In addition the Pottery has attracted commissions from leading British clothing retailers Seasalt, has launched its own online shop and now supplies its new Reduction Ware to selected stockists across the country including David Mellor, Sunspel and Pots and Pithoi.
Accordingly the Pottery has expanded its skilled production team under the direction of Lead Potter John Bedding and South African born Senior Production Potter Roelof Uys. The studio is currently staffed by potters Britta Wengeler from Germany, Kat Wheeler from the USA and apprentice Callum Trudgeon from Cornwall, the first recipient of the new Seasalt Bursary which offers one individual the opportunity to study at the Leach studio. Hugely important is the voluntary support provided by Ian Morrison and Drake Bialecki from the USA and British potter Laura Crosland, whose placement at Leach is funded by the charity ‘Adopt a Potter’.
‘From The Studio’ will be on show in the Pottery’s entrance gallery from 13 December to 31 January with all pots for sale.
Forthcoming gallery exhibitions for 2015:
28 March to 23 May - JOANNA WASON
30 May TO 11 July - MARK GRIFFITHS
18 July to 5 September - GLAZE ALCHEMY
12 September to 14 November - ROBIN WELCH
28 November to 14 January - DOUG FITCH & HANNAH McANDREWS