Master Potter Residencies
Every year the Leach Pottery hosts one or two international Master Potter residencies. As part of these residencies we offer a schedule of related talks, exhibitions, presentations and demonstrations.
Upcoming Residencies in 2018
Katrina Naomi/ 19 January to 2 Feb
We are really excited about having our first ‘Poet in Residence’. Katrina Naomi is a poet, tutor/poetry mentor, translator and critic.
She has received an international grant award from Arts Council England/British Council to travel to Japan in autumn 2017 to work on her third collection. After her residency here she will be coming back on 1st March for a Poetry Workshop. Katrina says;
"I'm delighted to be the first poet-in-residence at the Leach Gallery. I love pottery. I've only done a little myself but there's quite a few crossovers between crafting clay and crafting a poem - all that scraping away, all that editing. I'll really enjoy responding to the present-day potters at work and to Bernard Leach's own studio, the textures, sights and sounds. And I'll have just come back from Japan, home to many fabulous potters, and of course, to famous poets, and I will be seeking out more of the Japanese connections at the Gallery and writing in response to all of this. It's going to be a busy couple of weeks. And then I hope to run a poetry workshop on 1 March and do a reading a little later in the year of some of the poems to have come out of the residency. I can't wait."
Residencies in 2017
Glen Lewis/ 13 April to 26 May
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 to 1 September
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.
Residencies in 2016
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)
Residencies in 2015
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.