In 2019 artist Simon Bayliss was awarded the Leach Pottery Travel Bursary to attend a mini-apprenticeship at Clayworks in Dumfries, Scotland. One year on, Simon looks back at his experience in Scotland and explores how it has influenced his practice today.
By Julia Ellen Lancaster, Leach 100 Residency artist 01/02/21 It’s been one month since concluding the Leach 100 Residency. It seems obvious to say but now more than ever, in lockdown #3, finding ways to share your experience and engage with others, even for introverts like myself, feels important and can help evaluate the benefit … Continue reading Blues, Post Residency
by Julia Ellen Lancaster Leach 100 Residency Artist Julia Ellen Lancaster writes about her journey so far, three weeks into her Leach 100 Artist's Residency based at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives. 17.12.20 Almost three weeks into the Leach 100 Residency and I’ve been visiting the Leach Pottery Museum for short periods of time thanks to … Continue reading Blue Veins and Blue Skies
Leach 100 artist, Julia Ellen Lancaster, reflects on her influences and encounters with the Leach Pottery’s legacy as she embarks upon her month-long residency at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives.
Gary Topp As the new Chair of Trustees at the Leach I wanted to share a few thoughts on the role and the organisation and introduce myself to colleagues, supporters and the many people that contribute to keeping the organisation and the legacy alive. As with everything it’s a team effort and myself and fellow … Continue reading Gary Topp, the new Chair of Trustees at the Leach Pottery muses on his new role
100 years ago today (28 August 2020), the youngest of Bernard and Muriel Leach's children were born. Twins Jessamine and Betty made their appearance only 4 days after the Leach family relocated to England after a long boat trip from Japan. Below is an account of their lives written by Jessamine's son, David Kendall, along … Continue reading The Hidden Twin Daughters
To celebrate and honour 100 years of the Leach Pottery, Lead Potter Roelof Uys is crafting a new Limited Edition range of 1200 pieces of tableware. The first 100 Limited Edition Yunomi are now available to buy exclusively through the Leach Pottery website. Below, Roelof explains why he has chosen the humble but elegant yunomi to launch the … Continue reading Leach Pottery Limited Edition Centenary Range Launches with the Yunomi
Author: Rachel Viney, Historical Story Researcher at the Leach Pottery Past and present meet – in some surprising ways – in this account of the sea voyage that brought Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada to Britain 100 years ago In June 1920, the cargo-passenger steamer NYK Kamo Maru set sail from the Japanese port of … Continue reading A Voyage from East to West: Leach and Hamada’s Journey to England, June 1920
Hello - I hope this finds you safe and well. As you may know, in March we made the difficult decision to close our doors in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, and protect our staff and visitors. 3 months on and this continues to be a very strange and worrying situation for everyone, … Continue reading Update from the Director: June 2020
Author: Rachel Viney, Historical Story Researcher at the Leach Pottery Bernard Leach’s encounter with raku in Japan in 1911 changed his life and had a profound influence on the direction of pottery making in the UK. About raku Raku’s origins date back to sixteenth-century Japan and the art of the tea ceremony. Although many types … Continue reading Bernard Leach and raku