Leach Pottery

The iconic Leach Pottery, founded in 1920 in St Ives by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada, is the St Ives September Festival Arts Patron for 2021.
The Leach Pottery, Higher Stennack, St Ives, TR26 2HE


Bernard Leach working at the wheel and applying decoration to a stoneware pot with a hakeme (twig) brush at St Ives, 1963.
Image kindly provided by the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, BHL/7095. Copyright The British Travel & Holidays Association Photographic Unit, Queens Square 64-68, St James St. London


Wednesday 15th September

An American Potter in St Ives – Film showing at St Ives Arts Club
A special screening of the 2013 documentary film about Warren Mackenzie, the celebrated American Potter apprenticed to Bernard Leach from 1949 to 1952, with a discussion and Q&A hosted by Roelef Uys, lead potter at the Leach Pottery. See St Ives Art Club Festival Venue page for more details.




17 July – 26 September 2021, Exhibition John Leach: 65 Years A Potter Entrance to Gallery

The Leach Pottery presents its first solo exhibition of John Leach who trained at the Leach Pottery from 1960-63. John, David Leach’s eldest son and Bernard Leach’s eldest grandson, was born at the Leach Pottery in 1939, returning in the early 1960s to train under Bernard’s watchful eye. The exhibition can be viewed on the days that the Museum is currently open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. You are welcome to see the exhibition free-of-charge, or you can see it as part of a Museum Visit. If you are dropping in to view the exhibition only, there is a small possibility that you may have to wait, before you enter the space, during busy periods. (Image credit: John Leach with Celebrational Mugs, 2015. Richard Austin.)

15 June 2021 – September 2021, Exhibition Century of Connections Cube Gallery

Century of Connections explores the connections and friendships at the heart of the Leach Pottery – a site of creativity and renewal, a place where the local and international meet.

The Pottery has sustained remarkable connections between people, pottery and ideas for the last century. Whether inspired by a desire to make and see pottery or to explore ideas like those in A Potter’s Book, now 80 years old, these connections remain important today.

This exhibition takes you from Leach and Hamada’s early influences in Eastern and early English pottery, through to work by potters from around the world who have trained, or been inspired, by the ideas and friendships fostered at the Leach Pottery. In celebration of its 80th anniversary and its impact on the pottery community, the original manuscripts of A Potter’s Book are also displayed, alongside a fascinating paper model of the Leach Pottery, made by Leach in c.1920.