Leach Pottery

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Leach Pottery covered soup bowl
Interior of the Leach Pottery

The Leach Pottery was founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in St Ives, Cornwall, in the United Kingdom.[1]

The buildings have grown from an old cow / tin-ore shed in the 19th century to a pottery in the 1920s when Hamada and Leach first attempted to construct a climbing kiln, (though this one failed and was re-built later) this was the first ever built in the western world, with the addition of a two-storey cottage built later, on to the lower end of the pottery (the Pottery is built on a steep hill over an ancient river bed), followed by a completely separate cottage at the top of the site added by Leach in 1927.

The site was renovated and restored in 2005-08 before being reopened to the public in March 2008 as a working pottery, museum and gallery.[2] It is now managed by the Bernard Leach (St Ives) Trust Limited, a registered UK charity.


  1. ^ "The Leach Pottery". leachpottery.com. 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bernard Leach Pottery In St Ives To Become Centre Of Excellence". culture24.org.uk. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 

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