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Leach Pottery - Studio & Museum

Entrance to Leach Pottery

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Type: Museum

The Leach Pottery in St Ives was established by Bernard Leach in 1920. One of the great figures of 20th century art, Leach played a crucial pioneering role in creating an identity for artist potters in Britain and around the world.

In March 2008 a major capital project came to completion. The working pottery is restored to full operation, with training facilities reflecting the original Leach ethos, now under the guidance of Lead Potter, John Bedding .

A new museum has been created on site to celebrate the life, work, influences and legacy of Bernard Leach. Exhibition, gallery and shop spaces provide regular shows throughout the year featuring work by leading regional, national and international studio potters.

The Leach Pottery was the first in the western World to have a Japanese wood burning climbing kiln. The kiln is still there today having been in continuous use for over 50 years until the middle 1970's.

The studio resonates with the memories of Leach, his co-founder and friend Shoji Hamada, his sons David and Michael, and the many other great potters who first came to study there and learnt their art. Little has changed over the years and the building retains an aura of unspoken excellence.

Leach bought a western eye to the great tradition of Japanese pottery. He was indebted to the influences and skills he acquired there and was able to develop them further in his own work. To this day he is highly respected in Japan and the curator of the Japanese Folk Craft Museum considers the Pottery to be an exceptionally important cultural asset, something which binds the two nations together.

Contact Details

Higher Stennack
St Ives
TR26 2HE

Tel: +44 01736 799703

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£4.50 per ticket
Concession£4.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change



  • Gift Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Key Features

  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking

Payment Methods

  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Open all year

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given

Road Directions

Unfortunately there is only limited and disabled parking facilities at the pottery. There is an overflow parking facility at St. John's in the Fields Church. There is a hopper bus service available from St Ives town centre and Trenwith car park.

Public Transport Directions

6 minute walk from Trenwith car park

12 minute walk from St Ives town centre