Leach Pottery Newsletter – March 2018
Introduction from the Director, Libby Buckley Celebrating 10 Years: This year, the Leach Pottery celebrates its ‘10 Year Anniversary’; the fully restored and rejuvenated Leach Pottery reopened in March 2008 after closing its doors in 2005.
To mark this important milestone in our story, and to thank all the people involved – especially visitors and supporters from the local community to the far reaches of the globe, we are organising a series of events, exhibitions, talks and creative sessions, which begin in March and continue into November.
On Friday 23 March, the Leach Pottery begins ‘Celebrating 10 Years’ with an Open Day that continues throughout the weekend: the Museum will be free to visit from 1pm onwards on Friday. As part of the opening, visitors will be able to see two new exhibitions, enjoy a free hands -on clay activity in the Museum, and have a chat and nibbles with staff and volunteers in the Old Pottery. And in the evening, you’ll be able to enjoy the opening of two new exhibitions – we’re really excited to see work that’s coming together for ‘Reunion’ [see p3]: it will be a great exhibition.
Behind the Scenes: Over the winter, we’ve been getting on with vital works to the buildings and kilns while there are less visitors around. Our accommodation above the Clore Studio in Beagle Cross was found to have dangerously rotten beams. All the upstairs walls of the kitchen and one bedroom were replaced and made safe. A new kitchen was installed as the old recycled one had to be removed. The workmen were kind enough to do most of this work over the Christmas holidays, so as to not make anyone homeless, although the potters did have to live without a kitchen for a while! This was a bigger and more expensive job than we had hoped for, using nearly all the reserve capital we’d spent the last 2 years carefully saving up.
At the beginning of winter, a large hole appeared during a storm in the Pottery Cottage roof. A big section of tiles came off – thankfully with no injuries. It was found that the tiles were installed with wooden pegs, rather than nails, that had rotted. One of our next challenges will be to raise the funds to remove and relay the whole roof.
The large gas kiln has undergone maintenance to the roof, which was beginning to crumble. We have also installed bigger and better clay traps on all our sinks to ensure no clay goes into the drains. We are also due to replace some of the rotten wooden windows in Pottery Cottage, and Bernard’s Studio, before they fall out! This work should take place in March/April.
Finally, the Environment Agency are rebuilding the walls along the Stennack river. They’ll be based in a corner of our car park (taking up a disabled parking space) and be on-site for 2-4 months.
Celebrating 10 Years
In March 2018, the Leach Pottery begins its 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, including both on-site and off-site exhibitions and events:
Anniversary Opening Weekend: 23-25 March
The Museum will be free to visit from 1pm onwards, on Friday 23 March, when the following takes place:
- enjoy a chat and nibbles with staff and volunteers around the site
- free Janet Leach inspired workshop in the Museum from 1-4pm
- two new exhibitions to see prior to their official opening in the evening: ‘Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach’ in the Entrance Gallery and ‘Celebrating 10 Years’ in the Cube Gallery
- register for our new free ‘Leach Pottery Locals’ Pass’ if you live in the TR26 and TR27 postcodes, providing entry to the Leach Pottery for a year. All those registering for a ‘Locals’ Pass’, on this day, will be entered into a raffle to win one of 10 Leach Standard Ware Mugs
- from 6pm onwards, a Preview evening for the opening of a two new exhibitions: the selling exhibition ‘Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach’ (24 March – 1 July 2018), and the opening of a new Cube Gallery exhibition ‘Celebrating 10 Years’ (24 March 2018 – March 2019).What’s happening, Saturday 24 March:
- Free family Hey Clay activities in the Clore Studio, as part of the Crafts Council’s national event
- Free entry to the Leach Pottery Museum
- What’s happening, Sunday 25 March: Free entry to the Leach Pottery Museum. Easter Weekend: 30 March-1 April
What’s happening, Friday 30 March:
Leach Pottery 10 Year Anniversary Talks (free)
Good Friday (30 March), at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives. To include three panels of talks during the day on the: Leach Restoration Project (Lady Carol Holland, John Bedding, and Tamsin Daniel); Fledgling Years (Jack Doherty, Jacob Bodilly, and Michel Francois); Leach Pottery Today (Roelof Uys, Matt Foster, Callum Trudgeon, & Libby Buckley).
Tickets will soon be available on Eventbrite.
What’s happening, Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1 April:
- free entry to the Leach Pottery Museum
- ‘Spring Seconds Sale’.
Exhibitions Roundup:Two Exhibitions, One Preview
‘Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach’
Preview: 23 March 2018, 6-8pm | Exhibition: 24 March – 1 July 2018
The Leach Pottery presents ‘Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach’, our first selling exhibition of 2018, showcasing pots from working potters who apprenticed, trained, and worked, during the time of Bernard Leach.
‘Reunion’ includes potters from Cornwall, the UK, and as far away as Canada and the United States. Some of the potters trained with us over 60 years ago: Warren MacKenzie, for example, apprenticed at the Leach Pottery from 1949 to 1952, last visiting for a residency in 2013 and now over 90 years of age. Nic Harrison, from Cornwall, was the last student taken on at the Pottery during the time of Bernard Leach, in 1979; Leach passed away the same year.
‘Reunion’ features John Bedding (UK; Leach Pottery: 1968-70 & 1972-78), Robert Fishman (USA; Leach Pottery: 1976-78), Nic Harrison (UK; Leach Pottery: 1979-80), John Leach (UK; Leach Pottery: 1960-63), Glenn Lewis (Canada; Leach Pottery: 1961-63), Warren MacKenzie (USA; Leach Pottery: 1949-52), Jeff Oestreich (USA; Leach Pottery: 1969-71), Jason Wason (UK; Leach Pottery: 1976-81), and Robin Welch (UK; Leach Pottery: 1953).
The exhibition runs in the Leach Pottery Entrance Gallery. All works for sale.
‘Celebrating 10Years’ - Cube Gallery: 24 March 2018 – March 2019
This exhibition tells the story of the Leach Pottery’s last 10 years. Reopening as a Museum and working Pottery in March 2008, after closing its doors to the public in 2005, the Leach Pottery began a new life as a Museum, Studio, Shop, and Educational resource. This exhibition will look at the role of the Leach Pottery Restoration Project, and how the Pottery has developed over the last decade.
From 7 July – 7 October 2018: ‘Roelof Uys: Solo Show’ in the Entrance Gallery ‘Leach Pottery Studio: 10 Years On’ in the Shop.
Shop & Museum Update
January 2018 started with a comparatively busy time in the Shop, with good sales despite the quiet season – February half-term has been the busiest yet. The Shop has had a refresh with Beth and Mark paring-down the displays so that potter’s work is presented in a more grouped, minimal way. The Shop now looks cleaner, fresher, and easier to navigate.
We are adding more makers to our online Shop (www.leachpottery.com/shop-home). This is an ideal way to view potters whose work is becoming increasingly popular and collectable, such as Clementina van der Walt. It’s also a good way for us to connect to the potters via their social media networks and share information about their work.
We’ve recently taken delivery of new work by Mark Titchiner, who began his career in the early 1970s and has since worked with slip decorated earthenware, glazed slipware, soda glazed stoneware, and wood-fired ceramics. Making wheel-thrown and slab-built one-off vessels, large jars, plant pots and functional pots, Mark has exhibited widely in both the UK and France. Examples of his work can be found in many private and public collections, including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Mark will be April’s Potter of the Month.
Spring Seconds Sale
During the Easter Open weekend on Saturday 31 March and Sunday 1April, we’ll be holding one of our popular seconds sales – a busy weekend is expected!
The Sale will run from 10am-4pm, we hope to see you there!
Potter of the Month
Potter of the Month for March is Phil Rogers, a well-respected potter working in Wales. Phil started his career in the mid-1970s and has exhibited widely in the UK and overseas; including Goldmark Gallery in the UK and galleries in Tokyo and Boston. More than 50 museums around the world include his pieces in their collections, so we are delighted to present his influential work.
Our Potters of the Month for January and February were Jim Malone and Ali Herbert respectively, whose work is still available online.
Studio Team News Round-Up
The lead-up to Christmas was a hectic time for the Studio with plenty of large orders from most of our regular wholesale clients, plus some new ones. It has since calmed down and we are using the time to work on new designs for Seasalt and our Shop. Our new range for the Tate is going well and we are adding some additional glazes. We’ve also started making smaller versions of our Statement Pieces – these are really fun to do, giving us the opportunity to try new finishes and push our skills.
We were sad to say goodbye to Carson Culp in November. He was a hard worker and contributed a great deal to the Studio throughout his year with us. He concluded his time with a successful and accomplished exhibition at the end. We look forward to seeing how his career develops, but we’re sure he’s got some greatness in his future!
Our new Seasalt Apprentice Annabelle Smith is settling in well and picking things up quickly. Her throwing has come a long way. She is now able to do the Egg Cups, Mugs and Bowls. She fits in really well and we are happy to have her as a part of the Team! She’s also been doing quite a bit with Seasalt, who have recently been to the Pottery to make a film about Annabelle and the Leach-Seasalt relationship. She is also writing a monthly blog for Seasalt, so if you’re interested in learning about her journey through her apprenticeship, please check it out! www.seasaltcornwall.co.uk/blog/category/modern-creatives/seasalt-apprentices/
On January 19, Matthew Foster went to Uzbekistan, spending 7 days travelling to different regions such as Bukhara, Fergana, Samarqand, and Tashkent. In each region, he visited the top potteries and craftspeople, experiencing first-hand the skills and long-held traditions of each region. Matt then took part in a 6-day workshop, where he worked on a group project for a travelling exhibition with the top 20 master potters of Uzbekistan – some of which are 9th and 10th generation potters.
Matt says: ‘The trip was a non-stop tour of beautiful, creative and inspiring people, places and craft. Uzbekistan should be on everyone’s top 10 places to visit.’
Kat Wheeler will be leaving the Studio in March for 21⁄2 months in America. First, she will go to Pittsburgh for NCECA, a major American ceramics conference, where she will try to develop contacts with potential vendors, exhibitors, and resident artists. From there, Kat will travel to Jeff Oestreich’s workshop in Taylor Falls, Minnesota, where she has been invited to make work and show her pots at the St Croix Valley Pottery Tour in May. She will be returning in June.
Callum Trudgeon is planning a year’s sabbatical starting from June. He’s accepted a 7-month-long wood-firing residency at Guldagergaard, a ceramic centre in Denmark. This is going to be a great opportunity for him to focus on his own work and learn about the art of wood firing. We look forward to keeping you up-to-date on his adventures.
Learning & Participation Team
In January, we were pleased to welcome St Just School when they returned for another visit – their Year 4 students made some fantastic tiles! Polwhele School visited us with two groups: Years 3 and 5 also produced some amazing work. Workshops are planned at St Ives Junior School in March, where the pupils will be making canopic jars.
Jackie Clark continues her work with the Sensory Trust group. They’ve been on a number of walks collecting inspiration for their clay workshops in our Clore Studio. Recently, they made their own teabowl and, after the bowls had been fired, the group returned to enjoy a Japanese Tea Ceremony using their own teabowls; an enjoyable session for the group. Charley Gaidoni produced a wonderful video of the workshop which you can see on our Youtube channel.
Hey Clay, a national celebration of clay, is back again! For a third year, we are taking part in Hey Clay, a community event where anyone of any age can come along and make something with clay. This will be on Saturday 24 March; an Eventbrite page has been set-up to book places for either a morning or afternoon session.
Katrina Naomi, our first Poet-In-Residence, spent some time here at the end of January. Unfortunately her Japanese Inspired Poetry Workshop, on 1 March, had to be cancelled due to the snow but another date is being arranged.
Fleur Winter has been working on the Kresen Kernow Project. The Tiles project was a partnership between Kresen Kernow, Carefree Cornwall, the Leach
Pottery and Fleur who worked with seven looked-after children to design tiles inspired by Cornwall’s archive collections, landscape, and heritage. The young people spent time at Cornwall Records Office, and the Cornish Studies Library, and enjoyed the strongrooms, photographic workshops, quill pen writing, and the archives.
They also visited the former brewery site in Redruth, the home of Kresen Kernow, and explored the landscape at Carn Brea. After two days of inspiration they spent two days at the Leach Pottery, in the Clore Studio, where they were introduced to a range of decorating techniques using slips, paper-resist and scraffitto, glazes, oxides, and transfers. The Project resulted in the production of 90 tiles with a range of different designs on them, including transferred images from Bernard Leach inspired ink drawings. The tiles will be used to create an installation to be displayed in the new building when it re-opens in 2019.
As part of the opening of our 10 Year Anniversary, a special ‘Have-a-Go’ session is planned for Friday 23 March. A Janet Leach inspired clay activity will take place in the Museum between 1pm and 4pm. This is a free event: no booking required.
Our Clay Days family workshops started again this February half term. We had 4 very busy sessions and, as always, some truly wonderful creations! Our next workshops are on 3, 4,10 and 11 April. See our website for information and bookings.
Roelof Uys: 5 Day Masterclass Exploring making and decorating
23-27 July 2018 and13-17 August 2018
To coincide with Roelof’s first solo exhibition at the Leach Pottery, he is teaching a 5-day Masterclass on ‘Exploring, Making & Decorating’. Places are booking fast and, at the time of going to print, we only have one place left on each course. Cost: £490.
Clay Day Children’s Workshops
Workshops are for children aged 5-12 years old. Sessions start at 10.30am and 2pm and last for approximately one hour, costing £8 per child. Booking is essential as places are limited. Please see the dates and activities below:
Tuesday 3 April – Monsters; Wednesday 4 April – Fish Tuesday 10 April – Colourful caterpillars; Wednesday 11 April – Sculptures Tuesday 29 May – Sculpture; Wednesday 30 May – Coil pots Tuesday 31 July – Fishy dishes; Wednesday 1 August – Monsters Tuesday 7 August – Sculptures; Wednesday 8 August – Coil Pots Tuesday 14 August – Tropical Fish; Wednesday 15 August – Tiles Tuesday 21 August – Caterpillars; Wednesday 22 August – Fishy Dishes Tuesday 28 August – Monsters; Wednesday 30 August – Sculptures.
Leach Pottery Website: up-to-date information about all our exhibitions, events and classes available on our website: www.leachpottery.com
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