Following on from the success of last year’s Seasalt Bursary apprenticeship, we are offering another lucky person the enviable opportunity to train and study as a potter at the world renowned Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall.

Watch our video to see what being an apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery entails.

Illustration of a pottery wheel, jug and cup
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Founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and Japanese artist, Shoji Hamada, the Leach Pottery is now a UK charity. Alongside promoting the work and life of Bernard Leach, it also works to further the development of studio pottery and encourage young talent through its studio and education programme. With long-held strong links to the creative community, particularly in St Ives, we are delighted to continue backing this innovative scheme.

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Image of Callum Trudgeon, the first Seasalt Leach apprentice.

In 2014, following a search that saw applications from as far afield as Spain and the USA, the Leach Pottery appointed their first Seasalt apprentice. Callum Trudgeon had studied furniture making and design at Cornwall College but it was an evening class in pottery that first got him interested in this new medium.

Julia Twomlow, Leach Pottery Director, said, “We’ve have had a fabulous year with Callum – he has been a great addition to the team and we very much look forward to working with Seasalt again to find our next apprentice. This is a great opportunity for someone to start out on a new career path doing something really creative but also practical and rewarding.

Seasalt Joint Managing Director, Neil Chadwick, said, “We’ve always loved and been inspired by St Ives and its artistic heritage. We’ve been involved with the Leach to some degree for many years and we’re looking forward to welcoming the next Seasalt apprentice.

Applications for the scheme are now invited, and the Leach Pottery is looking for someone who is practical, enthusiastic and has natural creative flair. No previous ceramics experience is necessary and applicants should be available for at least 12 months.

Seasalt is providing the funding towards the establishment of this position on an annual basis.

Deadline for 2015 applications has now passed, further details of the Seasalt Leach bursary coming soon.

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Neil Chadwick, Creative Director of Seasalt, and Julia Twomlow, Leach Pottery Director
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