As the Leach Pottery gears up to celebrate its centenary, apprentice Annabelle tells us all about their exciting plans
“Since my last post, Christmas and New Year has come and gone and as usual we join in the celebrations for St Piran’s Day (Cornwall’s patron saint). The team from the studio, including myself, soak up the atmosphere as we head into town to sing along with the local sea shanty groups. This timing corresponds perfectly with our new exhibition in the Leach Pottery museum.
This is a very special moment for us as a group of makers because The Leach Pottery is celebrating 100 years of making pots. Our team feel honoured to be working in such a prestigious workplace and we love that we have been given the opportunity to show what we are capable of on a worldwide stage.”
“The studio has a number of things lined up for Leach100, with the goal for the centenary year to showcase our skills and promote the artistic value of functional handmade ceramics. We are preparing an art installation which is being made this month, and we are branching out to ceramic fairs in the summer too. I have my first ever solo show as part of my graduation this year, but what we are most excited about is the new commemorative range for Leach100.
Materials and process will be the highlight of this range by mixing semi-rough textures with block coloured smooth glazes. From the maker’s hand to the user’s, the experience of holding each pot will emphasise the tactile need to explore through our fingertips. It is truly a piece of history.”
“This year is jam packed full of events and we cannot wait to share it with you to commemorate 100 years of potters handcrafting pots at the Leach Pottery.”