Laurence Eastwood comes from Upwey, a small village in Dorset. He first started working with clay at the age of eleven and later began throwing on the wheel at a weekly evening class. Laurence was asked to join the Upwey Potters Group alongside five local potters, where he learned the values of being a potter and doing a craft.
When Laurence was 14, he was experimenting with woodworking, casting, and any other materials that he could get his hands on. He went on to do some ornamental plastering work part-time while studying art at a local college. After a couple years, Laurence decided to get back into pottery and started teaching and attending markets with his work.
Laurence started working at the Leach Pottery as a volunteer in 2015. After a year, he joined the team as one of our production potters. Alongside his work on the Leach Standard Ware, Laurence continues to work on his own range of work. ‘Pots are not complete unless they are used and loved by the buyers on a regular basis. I enjoy using my pots after they are made just as much as I like making them.’