Leach Pottery – News – Autumn 2017
Exhibitions Roundup:Two Exhibitions, One Preview Join Us On 8 September 6-8pm - ‘Jim Malone: New Pots From The Kiln’ and ‘The Teabowl: Past & Present’‘Jim Malone: New Pots From The Kiln’ - Dates: Preview: 8 September 2017, 6-8pm | Exhibition: 9 September to 29 October 2017
The Leach Pottery is excited to present new pots by Jim Malone in his first solo exhibition of 2017. Jim will be selecting pots from his forthcoming summer kiln firings and is anticipating a range of forms including bottles, jugs, and tea bowls decorated with tenmoku, kaki, wood ash, and hakame glazes and surfaces. Jim Malone has been making high-fired stoneware pottery and porcelain since the early 1970s: he works alone producing a wide range of individual pottery forms. One of Britain’s foremost potters, Jim has exhibited widely in this country as well as in America, Germany and Hong Kong. Jim is a
Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain.
Jim Malone will also be teaching a Masterclass, in the Old Pottery, over 3 days in September. Jim will be working with a small group of students and returning to the essence of the skills and
thinking that are required to throw and make better pots.
There will be the opportunity to meet Jim Malone, and discuss his work, at the public Preview on 8 September 2017.
‘The Teabowl: Past & Present’ Dates: Preview: 8 September 2017, 6-8pm | Exhibition: 9 September 2017 to 11 March 2018.
The Leach Pottery’s new Museum exhibition tells the story of the teabowl, a highly valued ceramic form closely linked with Japan and becoming increasingly popular in contemporary Western ceramics. The exhibition will present various examples of teabowls, including historic teabowls from the East, teabowls made in the West in the spirit of tradition, and teabowls made with a sense of subversion. Curated by artist and writer Dr Bonnie Kemske, and Dr Matthew Tyas of the Leach Pottery, the exhibition will also tell the history of the teabowl, as it arose in the East through use in chanoyu, or Japanese tea ceremony, and its journey to the West. Outside of Japan, many potters have venerated traditional teabowl techniques and
aesthetics, while some have chosen to subvert and challenge its deep cultural legacy. The exhibition also coincides with the Bloomsbury publication of ‘The Teabowl: East & West’ by Dr Kemske, which further explores the themes of this exhibition and examines the teabowl through both its use and its aesthetic, and provides further consideration of the teabowl’s venerated status and mystique. Dr Kemske will be giving a talk about her book in St Ives on 11 October 2017.
There will be the opportunity to meet Bonnie and Matthew, and discuss the exhibition, at the Preview on 8 September 2017.
11 September 2017, 1pm St Ives Art Club (Ticket £5.50) Talk: William Marshall: The Leach Pottery’s First Apprentice
By Dr Matthew Tyas, Exhibitions Coordinator at the Leach Pottery and an independent potter, curator and researcher.
William Marshall (1923-2007) became the Leach Pottery’s first apprentice in 1938. Working at the Pottery until the late 1970s, Bill was the Foreman and sometimes the hands of Bernard Leach. Dr Matthew Tyas presents a review of Bill’s pots and practice that called on both Leach and Oriental traditions.
18 September 2017, 1pm St Ives Arts Club (Ticket £5.50) Talk: The Geometry of Beauty (Why we like patterns) By Roelof Uys, Lead Potter at the Leach Pottery
A talk about the evolution of pattern making and how it may have played a part in the development of human consciousness, abstract thought and the rules of aesthetics. And how we apply this knowledge at the Leach Pottery today.
11 October 2017, 1pm, Porthmeor Studios (Ticket FREE) Talk ‘The Teabowl: East & West’ By Dr Bonnie Kemske
In this talk the Leach Pottery is proud to present Dr Bonnie Kemske, author of the new book The Teabowl: East & West, who will look at the context of the teabowl as it arose in chanoyu, Japanese tea ceremony, and the changes it has undergone through its history.
Including images of famous teabowl styles, such as Raku and Oribe, with discussion about the cultural contexts of such legendary bowls. The talk will then move forward to the 20th and 21st centuries when this iconic ceramic form travelled from Japan to Europe and the Americas, and became ubiquitous in contemporary ceramics. Considering the losses and gains made when contemporary studio ceramicists appropriated the teabowl, Dr Kemske will ask ‘are contemporary teabowls still teabowls?’.
This is a free talk organised by the Leach Pottery, St Ives. Signed copies of ‘The Teabowl: East & West’ will be available to purchase on the day.