Following on from the success of last year’s Seasalt Bursary, Matt Foster from St Ives, was the lucky individual to be appointed as our second apprentice at the Leach Pottery earlier this year. Watch our video to see how he’s progressed at the world-renowned Cornish pottery over the last few months.

Illustration of a pottery wheel, jug and cup

Before his appointment as an apprentice at the pottery, Matt was working as a Head Chef, as well as hanging exhibitions at the Millennium Gallery in St Ives. Without a formal background in ceramics but an obvious creative interest, Matt will now have the chance to train and work alongside Leach’s highly talented team of potters to learn the craft and develop his skills and style in ceramics. It’s a truly enviable opportunity.

Matt says,This is an unbelievable opportunity to have the chance to do something that gives you satisfaction and that you enjoy as a job. I am proud to be a part of the Leach Pottery which is such a big part of the art history of the town I grew up in.

The Leach Pottery is delighted with the appointment of their new apprentice, and we wish Matt all the best for his time spent at the Leach!

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.

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

Images of Leach pottery work
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 had a fabulous year with Callum – he’s been a great addition to the team and has now been taken on as a full time potter. We’re very much looking forward to working with Matt, the apprenticeship is a great opportunity 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 Matt as the next Seasalt apprentice.”

Illustration of a pottery wheel, jug and cup
Neil Chadwick, Creative Director of Seasalt, and Julia Twomlow, Leach Pottery Director
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