Jacob is familiar with the pottery techniques of European slipware, salt glaze and reduction stoneware. He personally produces functional pottery for the kitchen table, ovenware and tea and coffee drinking. He also produces more personal works, such as vases, and one-off pieces. He accepts many commissions, especially for his teapots and signature pieces.
Work generally sold at Jacob Bodilly Pottery, by commission, craft fairs and exhibitions. Work sold by mail order is currently done via email correspondence.
Opening hours of the Pottery vary. Planning a visit is advisable. Please make enquiries and appointments
Jacob is also in the process of building his 'Jacob Bodilly School of Pottery' in his adjoining workshops. He plans to run evening classes, private tuition, craft workshops and have dedicated space for schools, students and apprentices - so enquire whether they are ready to start!
Jacob keeps an online blog about the Pottery's progress and the project has been recorded since March 2014. Feel free to take a look at the Pottery's history so far.
Jacob's work is inspired by traditional Asian and European ceramics. He uses raw materials such as local clays and wood ashes to create his glazes and all practices are done by hand. He throws his work on a traditional kick-wheel and is in the process of building a wood fired kiln. At present the work is fired in a gas fueled kiln.
Jacob grew up in Tiverton and first studied pottery at Exeter college. Later, he studied a degree in Ceramic Art at Cardiff University in Wales and received the theory award for his thesis. At University he studied traditional pottery techniques in England, France and Hungary.
After University Jacob returned to Cornwall, and in 2008 he was accepted as one of the new apprentice potters to work for the new Leach Pottery in St. Ives. He worked at Leach Pottery for two years, producing tableware alongside international potters.
In 2010 Jacob was approached to finish the last unfired pots of Cornish Master Potter Scott Marshall, at Boscean Pottery in St. Just, Cornwall. Jacob was greatly inspired by the pottery of Scott Marshall and this resulted in him moving to St. Just and taking on the much loved workshop and gallery at Boscean. This meant the Pottery reached its 50th year anniversary which Jacob marked with a retrospective exhibition of Scott Marshall's work. He also documented the history of Boscean during this time.
During his time at Boscean Pottery, Jacob received a major commission from the Eden Project in St. Austell. He also made a collaborative project with the Contemporary Artist Kurt Jackson and received a commission from English Heritage. He continued to produce his work at Boscean Pottery until 2014.
In March 2014 the Boscean Pottery was forced to close due to the death of its owner, Beth Marshall. This led Jacob to relocate his practice back to Devon. He continues to make his work at his newly opened 'Jacob Bodilly Pottery', near Holcombe Rogus.
Education and Qualifications
2005- 2008 Ba hons Ceramics, University of Wales institute Cardiff, Wales, U.K.
2003-2005 A level 3-D design (Ceramics), History, Exeter community college, Exeter, Devon, England.
2014-date Established Jacob Bodilly Pottery, Greenham, Devon.
2010-2014 Potter in residence, Boscean Pottery, St. Just, Cornwall.
2010 Chinese tea ceremony and exhibition, L' Archipel, Paris, France.
2008-2010 Potter, Demonstrator, 'Clay days' pottery workshops teacher, Intern, Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall.
2009 Article ‘Japanese guests’ published in C.P.A newsletter.
2008 Medieval jugs project, teaching at Tidcombe Primary School, Tiverton, Devon, England.
2007 Demonstrator, ‘Marche du Potiers’, Caylus, France.
2007 Artist in residence, Draw international, Caylus, France.
2007 Student helper, Aberystwith international ceramics festival. Aberystwith, Wales, U.K.
2007 Les Epis du Faitage, Community project, Caylus, France.
2007 Wood and Salt symposium, International Ceramics centre, Keschkemet, Hungary.
2006 Wobage Craft Centre, Craft workshop assistant and participant. Hereford, England.
2008 Ba Hons Ceramics Theory award, Cardiff School of Art and Design (U.W.I.C).
2014 19th Century replica urns, English Heritage. Audley End House.
2012-2013 Kurt Jackson Ceramic collaboration. Maker and technician.
2011-2012 Designer and Maker, Breakfast-ware for Gurnards head, Old Coastguard and The Griffin hotels.
2011-2012 'Pots for Eden', Pottery range designed for the Eden Project, Cornwall. Co-designer, Technician, Head production thrower.
2014 Jacob Bodilly Pottery, Opening Exhibition, Greenham, Devon.
2013 Exhibitor, Five Years On, Leach Pottery gallery, St Ives.
2013 Exhibitor, annual exhibition, Boscean Pottery, Cornwall.
2012 Curator, Exhibitor, Boscean pottery 50th year exhibition, Boscean Pottery, Cornwall.
2012 Exhibitor, Gallery No.54, Shepard market, Mayfair, London.
2011 Exhibitor, Essence of tea, Falmouth, Cornwall.
2010 Exhibitor, L' Archipel, rue du Strasburg, Paris, France.
2009 Exhibitor, British ceramics biennial, Stoke on Trent, England.
2008 Exhibitor, British ceramics biennial, Stoke on Trent, England.
2008 Exhibitor, New designers, Business design centre, Islington, London.
2008 Ba Hons Ceramics degree show, Cardiff school of art and design.
2007 Exhibitor, Ceramic futures, Draw international gallery, Caylus, France.
2007/2011 Lantric gallery, Tiverton, Devon, England.
2007 Student showcase, St. David’s hall, Cardiff, Wales, U.K
2007 Student showcase exhibitor, Llanternam Grange gallery, Llanternam, Glamorganshire, Wales.