Leach Pottery

  • The Leach Pottery, St Ives
  • The Old Kilns at Bernard Leach pottery
  • The Leach Pottery, St Ives
  • Trevor Corser (1938-2015)

Contact Details

Studio & Museum, Higher Stennack, St Ives, Cornwall, UK, TR26 2HE. Email: Web-site: www.leachpottery.com
Telephone: +44(0)1736 799703
Contact: Margaret Parma
March - October 
Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm (last entries to museum 4.30pm)
Sun 11am to 4pm (last entries to museum 3.30pm)
November - end of February
Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm (last entries to museum 4.30pm) Closed Sundays

About the Gallery

Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is probably the most famous and certainly the most influential studio pottery in the world. For decades it forged the shape of studio pottery production in the UK and beyond. Scores of potters, students and apprentices trained here, attracted from all across the world and creating an unusual mix of the very local and the completely global. Today the Leach Pottery is a living tribute to Bernard Leach and his legacy.

Exhibitions/Events at this Gallery

Potters at this Gallery

, John Bedding, Clive Bowen, Amanda Brier, Mike Dodd, Tomoo Hamada, Nic Harrison, Shigeyoshi Ichino, John Leach, Philip Leach, Simon Leach, Jeremy Leach, Warren Mackenzie, Jeff Oestreich, Ella Phillips, Phil Rogers, Peter Swanson, Joanna Wason, Britta Wengeler, Kat Wheeler

Museum exhibitions

The Leach Pottery has two museum exhibition areas - the Entrance Gallery and the Cube.  In the Entrance Gallery visitors can see pieces from our permanent collection including works by Bernard Leach, Janet Leach, David Leach, Shoji Hamada, William Marshall, Michael Cardew,  and Kenneth Quick.  Entry to this area is free of charge.

In the Cube we have a further museum exhibition with changing displays.  For 2014 the exhibition is Bernard Leach:Artist.

Bernard Leach: Artist
In his first passport Bernard Leach described his occupation as 'artist' by which he meant that he had undertaken a formal Art School education and mixed with artists in London.  As he set out for Japan in 1909, his intention was to practice and teach etching. Famously the course of his life changed when he attended a raku firing in Tokyo with a group of Japanese friends. He had found his calling and so began a remarkable career as a potter - first in Japan, then after 1920, based in St Ives.

But Bernard Leach did not live by pots alone. As well as etching, he experimented with lithography and wood block printing. He sketched and drew incessantly. While internationally renowned for his ceramics, one of his greatest legacies was his writing: instructional, verbose, opinionated, romantic, philosophical.

This exhibition, with text by Prof. Simon Olding, explores the depth and breadth of Bernard Leach the Artist: painter and printmaker, writer, designer, collector and potter.