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Tiles by Bernard Leach at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 1 There is a small selectionette of stoneware Leach tiles on view.
Tiles by Bernard Leach at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 2 They're really very stylish ...
Tiles by Bernard Leach at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 3 ... but, sadly, there is hardly enough of them to do up even a kitchenette!
Tiles by Bernard Leach at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 4 Bernard Leach was never much a partygoer but he knew how to have a stag night on the tiles!

Section 2

Not so much a niche as an alcove in history, this is where examples of work by other prominent Leach potters is exhibited.

Work by David Leach at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall

David Leach - One of Bernard Leach's sprogs. He used to run the Leach Pottery until he buggered off to Somerset in 1955.

Work by Janet Leach at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall

Janet Leach - Bernard Leach's 3rd wife. [She once beat the entire Royal Navy in a charity Drink 'n' Swear-athon!]. She also found time to run the Pottery from 1956 until she kicked the bucket in 1997.

Work by Trevor Corser at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

You'll even find Trevor glowering from behind his work ...

Work by Trevor Corser at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 2

... don't know why, though. It looks like it turned out all right.

Section 3

Tiles by Leach students at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

The third part of the museum is dedicated to examples of work by former Leach students (1923-1981).

Tiles by Leach students at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 2

Tiles by Leach students at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 3

Tiles by Leach students at the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 4 My favourite by some Cypriot bloke whose name I can neither spell nor pronounce*. Not only is it green but it's knobbly as well (whatever the technical pottery term for patterns that stick out is).

*[Valentinos Charalambous, we think but don't quote us on it!]

Finally, in the last room you will find (in my humble, and probably worthless, opinion) the most interesting exhibit:-

Bernard Leach fireplave in the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

An original Leach fireplace, if not THE original fireplace.

Bernard Leach fireplave in the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 2

Intact Leach fireplaces are few and far between. Unfortunately Bernard Leach had a nasty habit of sticking his tiles down for good, so, if you've got a Leach fireplace in a house you don't like you can forget moving the tiles. You'll just have to knock the house down and build a new one round the old fireplace!

Bernard Leach fireplave in the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 3

Here we have a cute, fluffy bunny ...

Bernard Leach fireplave in the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 4

... and here we have a, ... er, ...

My best guess is it's a two-headed plaice!

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