Leach Volunteers

The Leach Pottery welcomes volunteers from home and abroad who are able to apply their practical skills and knowledge across our activities in the museum, the Clore learning studio and the working pottery. Volunteers are an invaluable part of our infrastructure and as a registered charity we are extremely grateful for the time and skills that our volunteers are able to bring to our organisation.

We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas;

There are different ways to volunteers. If you live locally and can spare a few hours a week you could join us on a long term basis or for shorter specific projects.

If you live further away we might be able to supply accommodation onsite and a small weekly stipend in exchange for a fixed time period of full time involvement.

For more details of how to get involved as a volunteer please contact madeleine.kempson@hotmail.co.uk or telephone 01736 799703.

Examples of Recent Volunteers

November 2016-17  - CARSON CULP

Carson Culp- Studio Volunteer 2017

Carson Culp- Studio Volunteer 2017

Carson Culp joined us in November 2016 from the USA. His relationship with clay started in Portland, Oregon where he was heavily involved with the ceramics community it offered. Working at the Multnomah Arts Center, Mudshark Studios, and Kelly Pottery allowed him to develop skills and experience he would have never achieved in an academic environment.

'My work is a reflection of place and tradition with being drawn to mainly functional forms that show balance and quality. Working with porcelain and traditional celadon glazes was developed during my apprenticeship at kelly Pottery and my love for atmospheric firing processes occured during my time spent with the wood fire community in Oregon. I have come to the Leach to gain a better understanding of what it takes to be a studio potter, focus on my craft, and eventually incorporate the traditions I am learning into my life's work.'



Lexie Macleod is from the Black Isle just north of Inverness in Scotland and is working in the Production Studio at the Leach Pottery for 6 months. Lexie graduated from Grays School of Art in Aberdeen in 2013 where she discovered her love of ceramics and since then she has developed her skills with potters on Orkney and in Cromarty, Scotland before heading to us in Cornwall.


Cecilia Levratto is as a resident volunteer working in the Museum and Library, and with the Learning & Participation Officers at the Pottery throughout 2016. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Cecilia graduated in History, specializing in the study of cultural and artistic movements. During her residency she will be supporting the Pottery’s exhibition and education programmes and is currently cataloguing an extensive library of books donated by Mary Wondrausch and the Emmanuel Cooper estate. 

Cecilia Levratto in the library at Beagle Cross. Photo by John Bedding

Cecilia Levratto in the library at Beagle Cross. Photo by John Bedding

‘I discovered the work of Bernard Leach on a previous visit to the UK’ says Cecilia. ‘The more I learned about his work and philosophy the more fascinated I became, and now it is a pleasure to be working in the place where he and others created much of what I admire. I believe strongly in the social importance of museums and that the objects which were part of the human history, everyday objects, should be accessible to the general public.

Working here will give me invaluable experience in my chosen field, and by participating in various projects I hope I will be helping the Leach Pottery to maintain its excellence as a museum.’Cecilia’s work with the Wondrausch and Cooper acquisitions is paving the way for a new public and online library resource which, it is hoped, will be available in early 2017.