From interviewing lead potter Roelof Uys for a magazine article, to attending exhibitions, from watching throwing demonstrations by third generation potters Philip Leach and Tomoo Hamada to queuing up to grab a bargain at the seconds sale, it's fair to say that I'm a huge fan of The Leach Pottery.
Imagine my delight, then, when they asked if they could use our home and cottages for their Christmas photo shoot. Mark and Sarah from the commercial department spent the day photographing various pieces in locations in the house and garden. We've had a sneak preview of the images which will appear on the pottery's social media and website and, as you can see from the gallery below, they're absolutely gorgeous.
The Leach Pottery which is on the outskirts of St Ives, was founded in 1920 by Bernard Leach and is the birthplace of studio pottery in the UK. As well as a museum and gallery, it's still a working pottery and has a team of potters on site producing the Standard Ware range. We use it at home on a daily basis and also chose it as the crockery for The Bell Tower. It's functional, beautiful and designed to last.
The Leach Pottery is generously offering guests at Middle Colenso Farm or The Bell Tower free entry to the museum. If you're staying with us and would like to take advantage of this then send us an email or pop over and see us and we'll let you have the vouchers.
Please be aware that the pottery will be beginning a major two-year redevelopment programme in 2024 to preserve the historic buildings and improve its facilities so make sure you check the website before you visit.