A Great Wall Of China


Before we got down to the nitty-gritty of firing the kiln and all that malarkey we had a good skeet around the heart of the pottery. This is bit is not open to the public but if you are lucky (or, in our case, still have the incriminating negatives!) Trevor might let you enter his lair ...

Trevor Corser always keeps an axe handy in case of unwanted intruders in the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall

 ... on the other hand, Trevor is always prepared in case unwanted visitors turn up at a bad time!

The old fireplace in the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall

The old fireplace, scorched black by years of Mother Leach's constant streams of invective!

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Glazing and (more importantly, especially in Winter) tea-making area.

Time for tea in the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall

Talking of which, time for cha. "Sorry it's only Corser-ware, the T'Ang dynasty set is still in the dishwasher"!

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The mad scientist's laboratory, where the clay is mixed.

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This is genuine hand-crafting so not everything goes according to plan ...

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... but nothing goes to waste. Not even students who don't make the grade. If they don't work out they are chucked in the kiln and reduced to ashes. After all, you never know, they might make a decent glaze!

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In the pottery everything is an artifact ... even the legislation!

Trevor Corser's authentic Leach kick-wheel in the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall

The seat of power, Trevor's authentic Leach kick-wheel on which he has turned out many a masterpiece (and buggered his back in the process!).

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Hot off the wheel of fortune, pots dry before being glazed and fired.

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Funky aspidistra, Trev!

The old kilns in the Leach Pottery, St. Ives, Cornwall 1

The original Bernard Leach-era kilns. We'll get round to the modern kiln in a mo'.

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Believe it or not, the old kilns are actually listed buildings. (As opposed to the building which covers them, which is merely listing ... badly!).

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