Residencies at the Leach Pottery
Every year the Leach Pottery hosts national and international residencies. As part of these residencies we offer a schedule of related talks, exhibitions, presentations and demonstrations.
The Leach Pottery is committed to the promotion of excellence in ceramic arts. As a part of that commitment we are offering residencies here at the Leach to facilitate professional development. We are looking for self-directed ceramic artists of a demonstrable standard of quality, who have a connection to or significant interest in the Leach Pottery and our objectives. The resident should display a willingness to engage with the public and share your processes with visitors and our production team.
We offer 4 flexible residencies, tailored to the individual artist involved. 2 of the residencies are by invitation and we are accepting applications for the remaining 2 spaces.
2019 Residency Dates
14 January- 22 March (10 weeks)
29 April-5 July (10 weeks)
5 August-11 October (10 weeks)
28 October-6 December (6 weeks)
- Free studio space, preferably in the old pottery, with arrangements for out of hours access in the Clore education studio or production workshop
- Access to electric or kick wheel, electric, gas, and raku kilns, pugmills, extruder, slab roller, a selection of clays, glazes and glaze making facilities (please note the resident will be responsible for the cost of their own materials and firings)
- Support and logistics from the workshop, access to our knowledge, recipes, and help with loading and firing the kilns
- Library and research facilities with over 700 books, magazines, internet access, computer and printers. Our library catalogue is now accessible online for further information
- Support for exhibition and sales
The Leach Pottery can offer on-site accommodation at £120 per week for a room at Beagle Cross. The resident would be sharing the house with the volunteer potters in the production team. The room can be paid for directly or in-kind by offering workshops, talks, demonstrations, or otherwise volunteering time at the Leach Pottery.
We would encourage all of our residents to leave a selection of work to go on sale in our shop. Any further exhibition opportunities would need to be discussed in advance with our Exhibitions Coordinator, Dr. Matthew Tyas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please find a link to our residency application and guidance below.
A completed application form can be posted or emailed to our office at email@example.com
Residency Programme 2018
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Glen Lewis: 13 April -26 May 2017
Glen will be exploring medieval pottery forms as early tableware to make, and to photograph kitchens, pubs and other places in Cornwall that might relate to the pottery forms. He is interested in reuniting craft and art through presenting ordinary hand made pottery paired with photographs. Each remains as separate entities but are related through discovered poetical thoughts and details.
Aaron Angell: 5 June - 1 September 2017
In undertaking his residency at the Leach Pottery, Angell will be presented with raw and native materials to explore the medium in much the same way that Leach began working when he arrived in St Ives in 1920. This gives Angell the opportunity to work with the clay, that continuous material (see our exhibition Clay: That Continuous Material), and other materials in their purer states: free from the values of process and practice that they attract as they migrate through the studio.
This affords Angell, like Leach, the possibility to teach himself from the beginning – much in the spirit of Aaron’s ‘Troy Town Art Pottery’ but in the environment of Cornwall. This will include access to unprocessed china clay, red clay, fire clay and materials like wood ash which are typically used in glaze formulation. We are placing materiality at the heart of the experience for Aaron while helping to facilitate subsequent material dialogues that are more in the tradition of Angell and Leach’s previous conversations: exploratory and open.
September 2016 - Jeff Oestreich and Pat Burns, USA
October 2016 - Clementina Van Der Walt, South Africa
February 2016 - Shinichi Miyagawa, Kyoto, Japan (sponsored by the Daiawa Foundation)
April 2015 - YUSUKE MATSUBAYASHI
May 2015 - BARRY KRZYWICKI
October 2015 - KAZUO TAKIGUCHI
Resident potters have included American potter and former Leach apprentice, Jeff Oestreich (2012) and Japanese potters Tomoo Hamada (2009), Koie Ryoji (2010) and Akira Yagi (2012). In September 2013 we were proud to welcome Leach potters Glenn Lewis from Vancouver and Warren MacKenzie from Minnesota.