In 1920 the Leach Pottery was started by Bernard Leach and his Japanese friend, Shoji Hamada, a mile up the hill from the centre of the town of St. Ives in Cornwall. There by the Stennack stream, in what was then countryside, they built the first traditional Japanese wood-fired three chambered climbing kiln to be seen in this country. Despite many problems, including the absence of a local supply of timber, the pottery continued in production until early in the 21st century.
Although this Harlequin Gallery exhibition will not be entirely made up of ceramics associated with the Leach Pottery, I thought it appropriate if the gallery attempted to pay homage to the pottery that marked the beginning of the studio pottery movement in this country. To this end we have brought together a selection of work by what we consider to be the best and most significant potters that worked at the Leach pottery over the years for your consideration. More details to follow………………………………..
The exhibition was planned to open at 11 am on Friday 3rd April but it will now be postponed and the new opening date advertised in due course.