Thursday, 24 July 2014

Leach Pottery St.Ives

On the third day in St.Ives, we decided to visit the Leach Pottery founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Hamada Shoji, now thought to be one of the most influential and respected potteries in the world.
 There's a museum where the original pottery can be seen:
 The old fireplace soon to be restored to its former glory. Bernard Leach used to sit on the left hand side of the fireplace and instruct students.
 Pots around the museum
 Inside one of the three kilns
 Showing all three kilns from the outside, they used to be wood fired, difficult in Cornwall where there aren't many trees.
There's a permanent exhibition, I think this might be a small part of it, photographed near the entrance:
There are studios, and they run courses, and there's a room where a film from Bernard Leach's heyday is shown. There are some lovely shots there, and some of his paintings, including this self portrait:
 Below is a rather nice cupboard with his initials inlaid into it.
 And on the way out there's a shop run by the person who was also on reception during our guided tour, and then adding to the chaos, someone was buying a set a pottery for a leaving present, some 30 pieces all of which had to be bubble wrapped

 This is what I bought, a vase made by Jeremy Leach to hold sweet peas.
We stayed in LordRyans which was an excellent B&B and would go there again

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