‘How to Make’ Films from Leach Pottery

1 Apr 2020, 10 a.m. - 31 Dec 2023, 6 p.m.

‘How to Make’ Films from Leach Pottery

'How to Make' Films from Leach Pottery.

Craving Creativity? Check out the techniques used by the Leach Pottery Studio in this series of 'how to' films. These films give you a behind-the-scenes look at the techniques used to create the Pottery's unique Standard Ware pieces.

It features the making of popular forms; including mugs, plates, jugs and egg cups. From throwing and trimming to bisque firing, slipping, glazing and final firing – it is a glimpse into the production process from ball of clay to final piece.

Bernard Leach (1887-1979) was born in Hong Kong and spent large parts of his life travelling in China and Japan, where he was first inspired to explore studio pottery by witnessing the high-temperature raku firing process. He established the Leach Pottery in St Ives, which included a climbing and raku kiln in the 1920s; over the next few decades he experimented relentlessly with new studio pottery methods, and fostered and collaborated with several generations of potters, including his third wife Janet Leach (1918-1997) and his lifelong creative partner Shoji Hamada (1894-1978).

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The films are accessible via the museum website.