Leach Apprentice Update: Annabelle’s Birthday

Our Leach Pottery apprentice updates us on her progress and her very Cornish birthday celebrations.

This year’s Shrove Tuesday fell on the 5th March – which also happens to be my birthday! In honour of the day, I started the morning with three pancakes with traditional lemon & sugar, then with pear and local Cornish honey rolled onto a Callum Trudgeon plate.

After a day working at the pottery, Laurence and I went to Trapeze to hang upside down (as we do every Tuesday evening) and afterwards we stumbled across the local Sea Shanty group.

They usually meet on Thursdays to sing, however, that day was no ordinary day – it was also St Piran’s Day, the national day of Cornwall. In traditional sailor seaside stripes, we sang sea shanties such as Cornwall My Home.

I am not Cornish, but this year my birthday was made extra special when this group of Cornish people let us join in with these meaningful, traditional folk songs.

Before going on holiday, I had been looking at bringing more colour and design into my mark making. St Ives is such a colourful town and reflecting that in my work had felt very rewarding.

Now, after returning from the volcanic Canary Island of Fuerteventura, I have an urge to create some wares with more clay showing which links with the earthy rocky textures I have seen. I am always influenced by the space around me (especially the sea!).

On Friday that week we had a visit from Seasalt’s very own Neil Chadwick, along with Hannah from the Seasalt sustainability team and Steph from the PR team.

Neil has been visiting the Leach Pottery since he was about 15 years old, and here in the Leach Studio we could not thank Neil enough for all his kindness and generosity. He brings a new energy into the studio every time he visits, and this time he bought some of my bowls, which was a real privilege.

Without Seasalt we would not have the funding to help teach a brand new generation of artists who work with clay, such as myself.